Butter Fingers' blog, 31st March, 2017
Casting takes place at the Glasgow offices of STV next Monday and Tuesday with the filming scheduled either Tuesday 11 or Wednesday 12 April.
Producers at the television channel have ransacked the company biscuit tin and rummaged down the back of the sofa to come up with a £300 fee for the successful pipers. A No.1 uniform is needed.
If interested contact Fionn McKee on 0141 300 3227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SPA’s ANNUAL Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest takes place tomorrow at the College. This charming competition remains one of the very few amateurs competitions open to adults of all grades and is worthy of support from all. Even if you haven’t entered please do go along to show support. I recall competing at this competition as a young nervous amateur wary of solo piping competitions, and I found its friendly, supportive, fraternal, laid-back ethos very appealing. The entry back then wasn’t exactly huge – and it won’t be huge tomorrow – but to me it summed up all that is positive about the piping world in general and the SPA in particular. And, indeed, the College of Piping.
Elsewhere, entries close today for the Aberfeldy Mòd. Organisers have revamped the syllabus to be more in line with the Royal National Mòd guidelines and the piping competitions are now open.
This should attract a wider range of competitors. The Aberfeldy Mòd takes place on June 9-10 with the piping competitions being on the 10th. Entry form HERE.
I HEAR THE prize money may be doubled at this year’s Atholl Gathering. Entry numbers have remained stable for the past few years and this welcome news should help increase the entry further. It wasn’t that long ago that the Atholl Gathering could boast a considerable entry. The date for this year is Sunday, 28th May.
The CPA sponsors the B and C grade piobaireachd at Atholl but hasn’t confirmed if it will increase the prize money for those categories.
Craig Sutherland from Crieff was the overall winner last year.
The US Navy, Army, Air Force and Coastguard have all had their own tartans for a number of years.