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Robert Wallace – an apology

In the 'Butter Fingers' blog on 18th August, 2017, we published a post relating to the withdrawal from the Argyllshire Gathering by one or two senior pipers, because of the presence of a particular judge. Although the judge was not named we accept that, to those familiar with the subject matter of the  post, he would be identifiable as Robert Wallace.
In the post, the particular judge was described as an "opinionated, mendacious and malevolent individual driven mad by his own ego, bitterness and self-interest." We accept that such comments were ill-judged and to make them in a setting which afforded Mr Wallace no simultaneous right to respond or comment was unfair. We also accept that such comments were not appropriate for a blog that is published by the College of Piping. We apologise to Mr Wallace accordingly.


Glenn Brown and Craig SutherlandLining them up

I hear Glenn Brown and Craig Sutherland, pictured right, may receive an invite to play at next spring’s Pipe Major Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition. Glenn won the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban this year while Craig scooped the Gold Medal. Before then, of course, Craig will no doubt relish returning to pipe at Blair Castle, only this time not as part of its rota of daily pipers but as one of the 10 pipers competing at the Glenfiddich.

The line-up for the GF hasn’t been released as yet but I expect it to be something like this:

* Roddy MacLeod (winner of last year’s Glenfiddich)
* Jack Lee (winner of the Former Winners’ MSR at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering)
* Callum Beaumont (2016 Bratach Gorm and overall champion at the London comp.)
* Glenn Brown (Senior Piobaireachd winner at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering)
* Ian K. MacDonald (second in Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering)
* Craig Sutherland (winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering)
* Cameron Drummond (winner of the Former Winners’ MSR at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
* Ally Henderson (winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
* Angus MacColl (second place in the Clasp at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
* Iain Speirs (winner of the Clasp at the 2017 Northern Meeting)

As I said last week, this year’s GF looks set to be the first one without a MacCallum.

Also, I imagine both Glenn and Craig will be invited to play at the College of Piping’s annual ‘Echoes of Oban’ night. ’Echoes’ is usually held in mid-November and is always a great night.


Kyle Cameron competing at Invercharron last year.

Kyle Cameron competing at Invercharron last year.

The final straight

Invercharron Highland Games takes place this weekend. It’s usually the last highland games of the season and let’s hope some of our soloists have a little bit of fuel in the tank to take part. I really hope so. At Pitlochry last weekend, entries for the solo piping and the pipe band competitions were as low as I can recall in at least a decade.

Invercharron is usually well supported by pipers in the district but it would be great if some more pipers from furth of Inverness would enter. Like many of our smaller games, Invercharron is a charming and well run day.

It's been said many times before: use them or lose them.


A good record … in the Main

A huge ‘well done’ to the youngsters of Davidson's Mains & District Pipe Band for releasing their version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’ to raise money for charity. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Cash for Kids, the UK-based charity that helps  disadvantaged children or those suffering from abuse or neglect. I can’t say I’m a fan of Ed Sheeran’s songs but this recording has a certain charm to it. You can buy the single on iTunes HERE:

I remember the youngsters performing alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Princes Gardens, Edinburgh a few years ago. I think they played Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing’ Cars but I may be mistaken. No doubt there’s a clip on t’internet somewhere.

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Just returned from a few days in Inverness visiting relatives and taking in the Northern Meeting. Tell you what, it’s clearly been a long season for many judging by the indifferent quality of the MSR playing in the Clasp and in the Former Winners’ MSR. I was slightly taken aback by a fair number of the performances in these two competitions – and not in a good way.

As for Niall Stewart’s MSR … what an outstanding performance that was! Niall was first on and you could have forgiven him if he had mouthed a “Beat that!” as he exited the stage. It would’ve been justified. His MSR set the standard although ultimately the judges awarded him third.

Willie McCallum at last year's Glenfiddich. Photo: Derek Maxwell.

It was a good competition for the piping scene in the Far East (Edinburgh, that is) what with Iain Speirs winning the Clasp (with Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie), Jenny Hazzard taking third in the Hornpipe and Jig, Ally Henderson (now teaching at the city's Fettes College) winning the Gold Medal and Cameron Drummond winning the Formers Winners’ and coming second in the Gold Medal. Cameron will shortly receive his invite to the Glenfiddich along with Oban Gold Medallist, Craig Sutherland.

On the subject of the GF, is this year going to be the first year of the Blair Bash without a MacCallum?

Could be.

The Glenfiddich started in 1974 and Hugh MacCallum competed there each year until his retirement in the 1980s (he won it in 1978). Nephew, Willie, has played at every one since uncle Hugh’s retirement, winning it for the first time in 1990. However, Willie hasn’t qualified for this year’s event.

I hope I am wrong. It won't be the same without him. Perhaps Willie’s first in last year’s MSR will secure him an invite?


The usual end-of-season movement of pipe band personnel is under way. The 78th Fraser Highlanders have replaced Johnny Rowe as bass drummer with Sean Allan. Stay tuned for more Grade 1 movement.


Crieff couple announce third pregnancy.

Spare a thought for the St. Thomas’ Episcopal School Pipe Band of Houston, Texas. The almost Biblical flooding there has destroyed parts of the school and many musical instruments. In preparation for the hurricane a lot of items were moved to higher ground but the magnitude of the storm and of the subsequent flooding took staff by surprise.

The headmaster is Mike Cusack with Lyric Todkill and Nick Hudson on the piping staff, and Graham Brown and Brandon Thomas the drumming staff.


Men of Argyll playing through Inveraray.

Glad to see common sense prevail in Argyll. A fortnight after Inveraray & District Pipe Band’s Worlds’ win, the band planned a triumphant march up the town’s main (only!) street, but, this being Scotland, officialdom got in the way. The band would, first of all, require a road closure permit and that would take four-six weeks to process.

Appeals for leniency were made by people such as the local MP, minister, local councillors, even the Duke of Argyll himself. As the band arrived from the Cowal Games, the police greeted them and allowed the march to go ahead.

Lesson learned. Next time don’t ask for permission. Just do it.

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Lord Lovat’s Lament – a winning tune

I found it interesting that Lord Lovat’s Lament has proven to be such a successful tune for solo pipers this year. Andrea Boyd’s rendering of the tune won her the Piobaireachd Society (Canada) Gold Medal at Maxville in early August while Sean McKeown also played the tune to win the Former Winners’ Piobaireachd there.

Quite a few competitors were asked to play the tune in the Gold Medal competition at Oban last week. Most played the tune ‘safe’ but Craig Sutherland was bold with his treatment, and it was he who took the medal.

Hogarth's depiction of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat.

Hogarth's depiction of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat.

The tune was composed by Lovat’s piper, David Fraser after the 80-year-old clan chief was beheaded for treason in London. Lovat (Simon Fraser) was, by most accounts, a rather nasty piece of work and was closely involved with the kidnapping of Lady Grange in 1732. On learning that his wife intended to produce evidence that he was linked to the 1715 Jacobite Rising, Lord Grange plotted with Lovat and Norman MacLeod of MacLeod to kidnap and expel her.

Sir John Baptiste de Medina's painting of Lady Grange (Rachel Chiesley) in 1710.

Sir John Baptiste de Medina's painting of Lady Grange (Rachel Chiesley) in 1710.

One day in the spring of 1732, Fraser and MacLeod beat her, bound her, and spirited her away. They moved her round the Highlands, before taking her to St. Kilda, where she was effectively imprisoned in desperate living conditions. In January 1740, letters she had written two years previously somehow reached her solicitor in Edinburgh. A rescue attempt was attempted but by then, Lady Grange had been moved. She went mad and died in 1745 on the Isle of Skye. Apparently, she is buried in the small graveyard at Trumpan.

The Piobaireachd Society website has an excellent recording of Donald MacPherson playing the tune at the Eagle Pipers' Society Competition in 1980. Listen to it HERE. Iain Speirs played the tune at Donald’s funeral in 2012.


It was a lovely day in Otago Street earlier today when I popped into the College. The Kelvin flowed majestically by – with no sign of any more footballers floating past after a night out. However, it is off to the Sneck I go in the morning.

The bench for the Northern Meeting Gold Medal looks interesting – could this be the first time that the judges (in the instance, Iain and Willie Morrison and Dr. Angus MacDonald) for this will confer will in the glorious language of the Gael? Tha, gu dearbh!

A casual glance at the bench composition elsewhere shows that the organisers have, in the main, done a pretty good job of ensuring that teachers aren't judging their own pupils. The 'A' Grade MSR may need some scrutiny, however.


Glenn Brown in Oban last week. He took the Senior Piobaireachd with Craigellachie.

I hear Glenn Brown has been voted in as the next President of the Competing Pipers Association (CPA). Twenty members turned up at the organisation’s AGM yesterday in Glasgow. Callum Beaumont was elected as Vice President.

Glenn Brown succeeds Cameron Drummond, who did not stand for re-election. Drummond has a busy job at Edinburgh's posh Fettes College in Edinburgh where he works as Piping Instructor. I hear that demand is so great that fellow Inveraray Pipe Band member, Alasdair Henderson has now been taken on as well.

The CPA was established in 1976.

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Butter Fingers’ blog, July 7, 2017

A'right? I thoroughly enjoyed the All-Ireland championship last week. For me, it was a relatively sober affair; I was too busy listening to as many bands as possible. In Grade 1 I thought Field Marshall's pipe corps was truly excellent – much better than at the Europeans at Forres. I thoroughly enjoyed the Grade 2…
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Seymour takes the salute.

I don’t know about you but I fair enjoyed last weekend’s pipe band championships at Grant Park, Forres. That’s what I call a pipe band championship venue! I’m glad to hear that we’ll be back in the Moray town next year on the 30th of June for what will be the last year of its five-year deal. I truly hope the organisers are able to continue beyond 2018.

Just a thought: in light of the DUP deal with Tories that will see an extra £1 billion going to Ulster, maybe a smidgen of the money could be used by Belfast City Council to outbid Glasgow in 2021 when the Worlds comes up? After Grant Park, the thought of returning to that appalling, soulless venue in Glasgow for the Worlds rather depresses one.

I digress. Wasn’t Major General Seymour Munro a great chieftain? You should’ve seen the lump in his throat as Inveraray & District played that 6/8 in his honour. Seymour is what we call a good egg. He may be neither a piper or drummer but he is one of us.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for many bands, even in the top grades. I thought Field Marshall, the Vale, the Glesga Polis, Buchan Peterson and a couple of others struggled with the erratic weather conditions. It was surely brave of FM to play Donald MacLellan of Rothesay? It’s a great, tune, yes, but for me it simply didn’t work for the band last week.

The Vale was first on but the pipe corps was struggling from the off. That said, its new drum corps was damn good and I wasn’t surprised by its second place. ScottishPower performed very well – great march! – and in my opinion should’ve been placed second. It was also a good day for Boghall and the Fife Police, who deserved better than 7th place. This band is now hitting its stride and I hear it will have an influx of a few more quality pipers at the end of the season. On the subject of Police Scotland Fife, congratulations go to its Pipe Major, Dougie Murray on his new part-time teaching position at Dundee High School.

In Grade 2, I was again mightily impressed by Lomond & Clyde and the Glasgow Skye. They were well ahead of the pack.


Bridge of Allan Games will have 50 bands competing this year – including New York state band, Schenectady which is celebrating its centenary. The number will grow, too, but it's already a healthy – and encouraging – number. Too many bands through all grades these days opt only to play at majors. Despite most games being small it can nevertheless cost £30,000 to put these smaller contests on. Support them, please, bands.

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The aftermath of the mini tornado at Cornhill last week. Photo: Shona Hay.

Great weather we're having! The charming highland games that takes place at Cornhill in the northeast of Scotland, had to be abandoned last weekend due to a mini tornado swept through the site. The storm wreaked havoc on the park and lifted the First Aid tent over a marquee and into the arena. There were no serious injuries but the noise was terrifying.

"Ten minutes before this we had a beautiful sunny day," the games secretary said. "It was just torrential. Everybody ran for cover and a wind seemed to appear from nowhere and lifted our First Aid tent and some of the stall holders' tents. The noise was just terrifying – the noise of the wind and the folks screaming.”

Aye, welcome to summer in Scotland. It put me in mind of the photo on the cover of the May Piping Times which showed young Anna Magee battling valiantly through her tune at Durness last summer.

Belfast tomorrow. Now where did I put my cape?


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the ceòl mòr has been cancelled at this weekend’s Corgarff Highland Games.


Frances Duncan, the wife of Jock and mother of Pipe Major Ian Duncan and the late Gordon  Duncan, passed away yesterday after a long and difficult illness. She was a lovely woman with whom I had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions over the years.

My sincere condolences go out to the Duncan family.


Guy Ritchie's new movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, has just been released in UK cinemas. Forget David Beckham's cameo appearance – watch out for a couple of appearances by the City of Leeds Pipe Band. Seriously.


It won't have escaped your notice that it's been 50 years since The Beatles' released their seminal album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I dusted off my vinyl – aye, vinyl! – copy yesterday after a friend told me that amongst all the calliope background sounds at the end of the John Lennon song, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite you can hear a bit of Scotland the Brave.

I cannae hear it, though. How about you?


The organisers of the European Pipe Band Championships at Forres have sent a wee reminder about the World Tattie Scone Contest that’s taking place at the same time. Now I do like a tattie scone (fried in butter on a morning roll and with brown sauce, thank you) but I suspect I’ll have other things to concentrate on during the day. However, if any of you take part do let yer auld da’ here sample your efforts.

If anyone wants to enter here is the entry form: ISSUED -Tattie Scone Entrie Now Open.

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Condolences to the family of Eilidh MacLeod (14) from Barra who was one of the 22 people murdered by Islamic terrorists in Manchester on Monday night at the Ariana Grande pop concert. Eilidh was a promising piper. Fois Shioraidh thoir dhi.

Here she is playing a few years ago for an incoming ferry at Castlebay with her friends (Eilidh is on the left):
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Pipers and drummers are being asked to contact Manchester Community Pipe Band regarding a massed band gathering as a show of support and respect to everyone effected by the heinous events of Monday night. The event will take place on Sunday, 4th June in Manchester city centre at noon. Telephone Colin on 07815 284697.


The first major highland games event of the season, the Atholl Gathering, takes place this Sunday. Given the numbers and quality of pipers entering this year, it promises to be a memorable competition. The weather at last year’s event was glorious and the forecast for this Sunday is pleasant. Craig Sutherland from Crieff was the overall winner at last year’s Atholl Gathering.

Euan Anderson and Alan Forbes judging Andrew Wright from Dundee at the 2016 Atholl Gathering. Wright won the B Grade Piobaireachd.

The origins of the Atholl Gathering lie in the gathering that had been held at Bridge of Tilt since 1825. After visiting the Eglinton Tournament in 1840, the 6th Duke of Atholl decided to move the ‘Tilt Meeting’, to nearby Blair Castle. The reason for this was to commemorate the presentation of the Queen’s Colours to the Atholl Highlanders, his personal regiment. The Colours, were Queen Victoria’s ‘thank you’ to the local men who provided a guard during her stay at the castle the previous year.

The Gathering continued in the grounds of the castle until the outbreak of the First World War. In 1966 the 10th Duke revived the Atholl Highlanders but it wasn’t until 1984 that he reinstated the Atholl Gathering.

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Corinne Hutton presents the Grade 1 trophy to Pipe Major Stuart Liddell.

Corinne Hutton presents the Grade 1 winners' trophy to Inveraray Pipe Major, Stuart Liddell.

Inveraray & District Pipe Band won the first ‘major’ of the season. The band, under the leadership of Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter, was placed second in drumming, and first and second in piping by the two piping judges.

It was a day of extremely changeable weather at the exposed St James Playing Field, Paisley, and one which proved too challenging for many bands across the grades. Once again, the suitability of the venue – far too exposed and too close to the M8 motorway and Glasgow Airport – was given a unanimous thumbs down from bands. The inappropriateness of this venue may also be the reason why virtually no Paisley punters bothered to go – this despite entry being free and the council laying on free transport from the centre of the town. Paisley has the British next year, too. The RSPBA needs to have a word with the council about this terrible venue.

Take off!

Take off!

It was a disappointing contest for Simon Fraser University Pipe Band who finished 12th. The band sounded very impressive in the tuning area but didn't sustain it in the arena–  something that also affected new band, The City of London in Grade 2.
 Newly promoted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Buchan Peterson and Johnstone gave a good account of themselves in Grade 1 but with the exception of PSNI, the gap between them and other Grade 1 bands was noticeable on the day.

The next ‘major’ is the United Kingdom Championships on June 10 in Belfast.

Results:
Grade 1 – 1. Inveraray & District; 2. Field Marshal Montgomery; 3. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia; 4. St. Laurence O’Toole; 5. Police Scotland Fife; 6. ScottishPower.
Judges: John Connor and Colin Moffett, (piping); Sandy Russell (drumming); Cameron Edgar (ensemble).
Grade 2 – 1. Lomond & Clyde; 2. Glasgow Skye Association; 3. MacKenzie Caledonian; 4. Balagan (ensemble preference); 5. Closkelt; 6. Bucksburn & District.
Judges: Harry Stevenson and Jim Wark (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Paul Turner (ensemble).
Grade 3A – 1. 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F (ensemble preference); 2. Royal Burgh of Stirling; 3. Vale of Atholl; 4. Kintyre Schools; 5. Wallacestone and District; 6. City of Inverness (ensemble preference)
Judges: Ronnie McShannon and Alvis Kerr (piping); Paul Brown (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).
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Grade 3B – 1. Royal Burgh of Annan; 2. Quinn Memorial; 3. Bothwell Castle; 4. The Highlanders (4 Scots); 5. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service; 6. Lanark and District.
Judges – Thomas Brown and Donald MacPhee (piping); Lee Innes (drumming); James Campbell (ensemble).
Juvenile – 1. Dollar Academy; 2. George Heriot's School; 3. George Watson's College; 4. North Lanarkshire Schools; 5. West Lothian Schools; 6. Preston Lodge High School.
Judges: John Connor and Colin Moffett; Alexander Russell (drumming); Cameron Edgar (ensemble).
Grade 4A – 1. Denny and Dunipace; 2. Bowhill and District (ensemble preference); 3. Johnstone; 4. Kinross and District; 5. Glenrothes and District (ensemble preference); 6. Lochryan.
Judges: Ronnie McShannon and Alvis Kerr (piping); Paul Brown (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).
Grade 4B – 1. Lisnamulligan; 2. Sgt. Walker Memorial; 3. Kelty and Blairadam (ensemble preference); 4. Davidson's Mains and District; 5. Vale of Atholl; 6. Hawick.
Judges: Peter Hunt and John Moles; 2. Gregory Dinsdale (drumming); 3. Peter Snaddon QVRM (ensemble).

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Dugald with Glasgow's outgoing Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty.

Dugald with Glasgow's outgoing Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty.

We are rightly applauding a senior citizen on his retirement. What a great example he has set over 70+ years of service. He has more than done his bit. He has done us proud.

Prince Phillip?

No, I am referring to Dugald MacNeill. It was appropriate that the city of Glasgow honoured him with a quiet reception with the Lord Provost last week. Well done, Dugald. Have a great retirement.

I hear the College will soon host a social evening to thank you for all you have done for it over the years. Rightly so.


Park,-WillieI hear Willie Park is well on the way to full fitness ahead of his fundraising walk of the West Highland Way. Willie will be accompanied by half a dozen Swiss friends as they head off from Milngavie on the 24th of May. The funds raised are for the College's new teaching project, details of which will soon be revealed.

Please donate anything you can, large or small, via the JustGiving page.


Fettes College, the private school that produced Tony Blair, is looking for a part-time Piping Instructor. Information is on the website www.fettes.com/contact-us/vacancies or contact Cameron Drummond at cr.drummond@fettes.com

 

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Butter Fingers' Blog 28-04-2017

pipinglive-logoPipingLive! had a press launch this week and it seems like it’s going to be another memorable four days in Glasgow this August with the likes of the Peatbog Faeries and the Battlefield Band – who have been very quiet lately – taking part. There’s also a Grade 1 pipe band quartet competition.

The College of Piping will no doubt be planning some activities, too, and I look forward to hearing about them.

I noticed The Scotsman carried an item on Wednesday about the press launch. It was merely a rehashed press release from Glasgow Life. Read it HERE and weep at what’s become of our national press.


worlds-articleThis year the World Pipe Band Championships sees its 70th anniversary and the May Piping Times has a first class article about the stooshie between the Cowal Games and the Scottish Pipe Band Association in 1947.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Cowal was considered to be the unofficial ‘Worlds’ but when the then Scottish Pipe Band Association promoted the idea of having its own official ‘Worlds’ the Cowal organisers refused to give up the 'World' title. The result was that in 1947 two ‘Worlds’ events were held.

The article is written by Jeannie Campbell and it makes for fascinating reading.


rspbaIs it not about time the RSPBA considered revising its grading system? For years it’s become obvious that Grade 1 has too many bands in it, and too many bands that are simply not good enough to break into the top six. The RSPBA has, in my opinion, simply tinkered with the system by having a qualifier at the Worlds. It needs rethinking. It’s time to introduce a Premier Grade.

While we’re at it, the number of pipers in all bands needs to be capped. In Grades 1 and 2 a band containing 25 pipers is far more unusual. In fact, in recent years some bands have contained as much as 27 pipers and I’m sure the 78th Frasers fielded 30 a few seasons ago.

big-bandIt’s time to level the playing field. A maximum number of 20 pipers is sufficient and those pipers who find themselves not ‘getting a game’ can join other bands with the resultant boost that would give to them.

Grade 1 is becoming too predictable. Everyone’s predictions for the top 6 bands in Grade 1 on the Green in August would be similar. So, introduce a Premier grade and cap numbers. That would shake things up.

Also, perhaps its time to abolish the split grades in Grade 3? There are some decent bands in Grade 4 that could easily take some scalps in Grade 3 whilst there are bands in Grade 4 with no chance of progressing.

Just thought I’d put this ‘out there’.


The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is offering a paid internship for a piper and snare drummer. The positions will be based at Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian and its cluster primary schools. Click HERE for info.


Dystonia, the curse of many musicians, has forced yet another piper to give up playing. Martin Gillespie plays with the excellent folk group, Skerryvore but the rare neurological condition has been affecting him in recent years. Focal hand dystonia causes involuntary contractions, spasms and general discomofort in the hand(s). It curtailed the piping careers of the likes of Hamish Moore and Stuart Cassells (of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers).


lorient-logoJust watched a promotional video from the organisers of this year’s Lorient Interceltique Festival. It’s very good and features veteran Drum Major Peter MacNamee throughout it. You can see the video HERE. I remember Peter doing his stuff down the main street of Dunoon many years ago now. It was when Cowal was still a major pipe band competition.

peterPeter, pictured left, repeatedly launched his mace high – and I mean high – into the air to the delight of the crowd lining the street. It was all going well until one drunken eejit ran up to him and pushed him just as he launched his mace. Peter valiantly tried to grab his mace but it spun off him and walloped two bystanders. Aye, the joys of Cowal …

The featured country at this year’s festival is Scotland and Scottish acts taking part include Capercaillie, Amy MacDonald, Fred Morrison, the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band, Runrig, Blazin’ Fiddles, Methil & District Pipe Band, Breabach, the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco. Andrew Frater is conducting a master class and Ian Duncan is hosting a tribute night to his late genius brother. It's set to be another cracking festival. I'm away to pour myself a glass of Ricard.

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