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The Pipey and the Leading Tip celebrate. (Photo supplied)

Well done, guys

May I be the 10,000th person to congratulate Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter on their tremendous result at last Saturday’s World Pipe Band Championships. Stuart and Steven have much to be pleased about, given the short time it’s taken them to take a small band of novice pipers and drummers all the way to Grade 1 and to the big win.

A report on the College website raised the suggestion of a “gong” for Stuart. If this turns out to be the case it will be well deserved. Not that he needs the approval of Her Maj, of course, but …

My playing days long over, I enjoyed catching up with old friends from the pipe band world. It was, on the whole, a great day but the queues at the Grade 1 arena were frustrating and having the Grade 1 competition over so early in the afternoon was something of an anti-climax.  That said, I really enjoyed the Grade 2 contest immensely, although I don't think it should have taken place in the Grade 1 arena. Call me a snob but I believe it cheapened the Grade 1 event.

The Friday Grade 1 qualifier is not for me. Nor, I understand, most people. I am told that the Green is virtually empty save for small numbers of people who are associated with the bands. No members of the public ever bother with the Friday and rightly so. As for those overseas bands that fail to make the cut … what a disgraceful way to treat them. The Worlds should revert to being a one-day event. It was achievable before, so what's changed?

Whilst daundering around the Green I picked up a flyer promoting the 'Battle's Over – A Nation's Tribute' event next year. I will ensure my pipes are retrieved from the loft and given a once over in plenty of time. This tribute is a great idea. I have now registered and I urge you to do the same. Well done to all concerned.

Oban withdrawals

With the Worlds out of the way, my thoughts turn to Oban and to next week's Argyllshire Gathering where I hear of a major challenge to the principle of authority surrounding the competing pipers, the bench and the organisers which looks set to become public. One, possibly two, senior and very respected pipers have withdrawn from one of the senior events because of the presence of one particular judge on the bench. The pipers in question have been there and done it many times over. One can understand them pulling out once they realised the bench would comprise an opinionated, mendacious, and malevolent individual driven mad by his own ego, bitterness and self-interest.

Indeed, this particular judge is one of the tiny numbers of SPJA members who continue to defend the questionable principle of judges sitting on a bench judging their own pupils.

However, it does raise the issue of how organisers select their benches. Competing pipers must respect the bench but if they have good reason not to – and, in this instance, it is a very good reason – then the organisers need to take into consideration the consequences – in this case, the inevitable consequences – of how they allocate places on the benches.

Let's hope the organisers sort this out.

The 2018 Lorient Interceltique Festival will take place from August 3-12. The theme country will be Wales.

There’s lovely.

Butter Fingers

The views expressed by Butter Fingers are not necessarily those of the College of Piping.

Piping Instructor with Pipe Major Duties

St Columba's School, Kilmacolm, are looking for a Piping Instructor with Pipe Major Duties to start in October 2017.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and committed teachers of Piping to tutor both Senior and Junior School pupils as well as oversee the running of the School’s Pipe Band.
Those interested in further information about the post should contact Depute Rector, Mr Mick McLaughlin, at

Letters of application and CVs with the names and email addresses of two referees should be submitted to by Friday, 1 September 2017.

Interviews will be held on Friday, 8 September 2017.

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley left the building on this day in 1977. It's fair to say that no entertainer has made as big an impact on popular culture than Elvis. His ancestry went back to the mid-18 century north-east of Scotland but that’s not the main reason why we mention him today. The reason is that he sang one of the most stunning versions of Amazing Grace, a tune most pipers in Scotland these days treat with disdain. Indeed, it was, we think, Pipe Major Donald MacLeod who answered an American woman who had asked him if he could play it: “Yes, but I choose not to.”

The tune has for a long time become something of a cliche for pipers and in Scotland today we mostly play Highland Cathedral in its place on those occasions where it is appropriate, e.g. weddings and funerals. However, the hymn has a rather interesting background and today of all days it is timely to revisit it.

The hymn was written by John Newton, a poet and clergymen and was first published in 1779. It was originally associated with at least 20 other melodies before settling on the one we know today. This melody is actually called New Britain and dates to the early 19th century. It saw a resurgence in popularity in the USA during the 1960s and quickly became an integral part of the Christian tapestry there, particularly in Kentucky and Tennessee. During the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War opposition, the song took on a political tone.

Elvis recorded Amazing Grace in 1971 on an album of gospel music; gospel, of course, is something that can be traced to the Gaelic-speaking emigrants from the Hebrides who settled in the south and south east of the USA in the early 1700s. Elvis grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi among a black community. As a child, his was the only white face in the local church. His treatment of the music is very much like that of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (RSDG) – which was arranged by Pipe Major Jimmy Pryde. The RSDG recorded this version of the hymn the year after Elvis recorded it. It reached number one in the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. By 1977 the track had sold over seven million copies. Pryde's arrangement – and that of Elvis – was dramatic and maximised the strong emotional undercurrent of the music. (Incidentally, one of Pryde’s pupils is Simon McKerrell, who also attended the College of Piping and is now a lecturer in ethnomusicology at Newcastle University.)

Funeral processions have played Pryde’s arrangement ever since. In the States Amazing Grace has now cemented its place in the country’s culture that it is possibly in danger of becoming a cliché.

It appeared on an album of gospel songs which Elvis recorded in 1971. Gospel, of course, is something that dates to Scottish immigrants to the south. We will leave it there. Whether or not the tune undergoes a revival in Scotland remains to be seen. It probably deserves one. In the meantime, on this day let us simply now remember Elvis and his wonderful rendition of a hymn that is popular with pipers the world over to this day:

The World Championship dispute of 1947

By Jeannie Campbell

Bowhill Colliery Pipe Band, 1947

Bowhill Colliery Pipe Band, 1947

Last weekend’s World Pipe Band Championships saw 219 bands from all over the world descend on Glasgow Green to battle it out over the eight band categories. The competition was the 70th anniversary of the year when two World Championship competitions were held. There could still be people who remember that year, perhaps playing as a young piper or drummer or attending as a child. The background was that no competitions had been held during the years of the Second World War but the World Championship resumed in 1946. The Glasgow Police under Pipe Major John MacDonald had won the World Championship in 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939 and continued its winning run with another World Championship win in 1946, making a record five in a row.

All would have been set for the Championships to continue as before but the founding of the Edinburgh Festival in 1947 intervened and someone suggested that the World Pipe Band Championship could be held in Edinburgh during the Festival. This would have been an excellent idea, but depriving Cowal of a championship which had been running since 1906 was not a good plan and one can understand how the Cowal Committee must have felt. In view of the success of the Edinburgh Tattoo (founded in 1950) which plays to sell out crowds and attracts a television audience of millions worldwide, one wonders if the Worlds could have developed into an event like this. One wonders, too, if it is mere coincidence that the Tattoo often seems to have been shown on television on the last Saturday in August, Cowal Games day.

Pipe Major John MacDonald of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band. Cowal, 1946.

The legendary Pipe Major John MacDonald of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band. This photograph was taken at Cowal in 1946.

The story of the dispute can be read in the pages of the Oban Times and does not require any further explanation. The bodies involved at first were the Edinburgh Town Council, the Cowal Gathering Committee and the Pipe Band Association. Later the Glasgow Council became involved as mediators. The first report appeared in the Oban Times on 8th February, 1947: "Last week the General Purposes Committee of Edinburgh Town Council agreed to make efforts to have the World Pipe Band Championship held at Edinburgh during the International Festival instead of at the Cowal Gathering at Dunoon. Treasurer James Miller commented, 'We will never get it away from Cowal.'" Next morning the Glasgow Herald reported the comments of Mr Hugh Matheson Secretary of the Cowal Games Committee. “The World Pipe Band Contest will be held in Dunoon this year,” he said. “The contest was inaugurated in 1906 and it will never be moved from Dunoon. Competitors and Associations from abroad would never recognise any other centre but Dunoon as the scene of the contest, although there is nothing to prevent other contests being advertised as World Championships.”

More followed on 3rd May under the heading, ‘World Pipe Band Championship. Edinburgh v Cowal.’ "Edinburgh is going to hold the World Pipe Band Championship and so is Cowal. This unfortunate position has been created by a decision of the Scottish Pipe Band Association to change the venue of the Championship from Cowal to Edinburgh, while the Cowal Highland Gathering Committee which holds the trophies is not going to hand these over and is going ahead with its arrangements to hold the Championship where it has been held for 40 years. A sub-committee of the General Purposes Committee of Edinburgh Town Council reported to their committee that they had met representatives of the Scottish Pipe Band Association who stated that they had by a large majority agreed to change the venue of the Championship from Cowal. It was pointed out that the Association which represented over 130 Scottish Pipe Bands had decided that if Cowal held a contest it would not be officially recognised. The Cowal Committee

"The Cowal Committee having stated that they did not intend to hand over their trophies for the Association’s competition it was suggested that suitable cups might be provided by various cities holding the contests. The Committee approved of a recommendation that the Corporation guarantee the Association against loss up to £500 on the understanding that the Association were responsible for the administration and management of the contest and met the whole expenses including prize money and fares of bands. In the event of gate drawings exceeding the expenses the Corporation would receive 20% of the net profits.The Edinburgh Championships will be held during the International Festival of Music and Drama in August and September. The Cowal Committee have written to each of the bands pointing out that the Championships have been held at Cowal since 1906 and that they were not consulted about the proposed change of venue. They have no desire to oppose the Scottish Pipe Band Association in any matter but they have no intention of foregoing a championship recognised not only in Britain but in the Empire and America."

"The Edinburgh Championships will be held during the International Festival of Music and Drama in August and September. The Cowal Committee have written to each of the bands pointing out that the Championships have been held at Cowal since 1906 and that they were not consulted about the proposed change of venue. They have no desire to oppose the Scottish Pipe Band Association in any matter but they have no intention of foregoing a championship recognised not only in Britain but in the Empire and America."

The Glasgow Police Pipe Band in 1949. The band won the Worlds that year.

The next report came on 10th May. "The clash between Edinburgh and Cowal as the rival venues for the World Pipe Band Championships was before the town council last week when it was unanimously agreed to proceed with the event in accordance with the decision of the Scottish Pipe Band Association." The General Purposes Committee of the Town Council had before them at a meeting earlier in the day a letter from the Cowal Highland Gathering Committee which stated that permission had been received from the Pipe Band Association to proceed with the Cowal contest provided it was not regarded as the Worlds Championship. The letter went on to say that the Cowal Committee were proceeding with their contests (including the Worlds Championship) as formerly. A great disservice, it stated, was being done to piping and pipe band contests by Edinburgh and that to promote two pipe band championships in Scotland in one year was grotesque. Councillor William Campbell who seconded the motion to proceed with the contest said Council officials were under the erroneous impression that Edinburgh had been responsible for the promotion. 'The Pipe Band Association approached us,' he said '“and we are only giving them the facilities.' A statement by the way which hardly squares with the decision to guarantee the Association against loss up to £500 on certain conditions and to take a share of any surplus."

The paper on 7th June continued the story: ‘Piping Championship. The Scottish Pipe Band Association are to meet in Edinburgh on June 15th to discuss the question of changing the venue of the World Championship Contest from Dunoon to Edinburgh “in view of the intense dissatisfaction which has been created following the decision at the Annual General Meeting.” It is proposed that an endeavour should be made to reach a settlement which would be acceptable to the parties concerned, the Scottish Pipe Band Association, the Cowal Committee and the Edinburgh Town Council.’

On 14th June the story continued, ‘A number of Scottish pipe bands, mostly in the west of Scotland, have protested. They include Glasgow Shepherds, Glasgow Corporation Cleansing, W.F.S., Renfrew, Clan Fraser, Johnstone, City of Glasgow Police, Mechan’s Ltd., Glasgow Corporation Transport and Caber Feidh and it is their representatives who have requested that a Special General Meeting of all bands in the Association be held for the following purposes: To consider the decision to transfer the venue for the World Championship from Cowal to Edinburgh. To reach an amicable settlement between the three parties concerned, the Scottish Pipe Band Association, the Cowal Committee and the Edinburgh Town Council.' The Association issued a circular saying it claimed the right and power to determine what kind of contest and where and when it should be held. Cowal stated they were going ahead with the contest and the Association said they were not issuing a permit to Cowal.

Hector MacNeill

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir Hector MacNeill. He tried to mediate between the SPBA and Cowal.

The next report was on 21st June. "Special General Meeting Report. This was a turbulent meeting lasting two and three quarter hours. 114 bands were present out of a total of 147. 82 voted for Edinburgh and 14 for Cowal. It was said that this decision was asking Cowal to commit suicide. The profits from the contest would now go to the Association and not to Cowal. Bands going to Cowal would be liable to suspension."

Then on 13th September the Oban Times reported that, "The Cowal Contest was held on 30th August. Ten bands had defied the ban. The result of the Championship was 1. Glasgow Police, 2. 91 PTC, 3. Dunoon Ballochyle, 4. Tullibody, 5. Campbeltown." As the Glasgow Police band had won the World Championship five times in succession, and had now won again at Cowal in 1947 this would make a run of six in a row if 1947 was counted as a World Championship.

The Edinburgh contest was held on 6th September and 85 bands played. The competition for the World Championship was not confined to Grade One bands but open to all except that the bands which had played at Cowal were not included. Twenty six bands entered. The winners were Bowhill Colliery under Pipe Major Christopher Sutherland. In second place were Clan MacRae Society, 3rd Bonhill Parish, 4th Clan Fraser and 5th City of Dundee. The other bands in the open event were Pumpherston, Renfrew, Michael Colliery, Shotts and Dykehead, Edinburgh Corporation Transport, Lowland Brigade Training Centre, Edinburgh Special Constabulary, Edinburgh Police, Highland Brigade Training Centre, Newtongrange Lothian, Clan MacKenzie, Dalzell Highland, Rutherglen, National Fire Service, Muirhead and Sons Ltd., MacLeod (Dundee), MacKenzie (Dundee), Lochore and Crosshill, Airdrie Highland, Glasgow Shepherds, Glasgow Corporation Transport.

The dispute continued bitterly into the following year. The Oban Times in early 1948 reported, "This year again it appears that the World Pipe Band Championship is to be decided at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. At least Mr R. C. Whitelaw, president of the Scottish Pipe Band Association told me when I met him on Saturday evening that the Executive Committee were putting that recommendation forward at the annual general meeting on February 28 and he expects it will be adopted."

The next report stated, "Any hopes of the dispute between the Scottish Pipe Band Association and the Cowal Games Committee being brought to an early end were destroyed at the annual general meeting of the Association in Glasgow on Saturday when it was agreed to again hold the World Championship contest at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on August 28. Referring to the dispute with the Cowal Games Committee Mr R. C. Whitelaw, who relinquished the presidency to undertake the office of secretary, criticised the committee for their treatment of pipe bands. At the forthcoming meeting to be held between the Association and the Committee Mr Whitelaw said the latter body had made it a condition that bands and bandsmen who were suspended for taking part in the Dunoon Games should be re-instated. That was a matter, however, for the Association to decide, not for any outside promoting body. In reply to a question Mr Whitelaw said that the executive had suspended not only the bands but the individual members of the bands who took part in the Dunoon games. It was not for the Association to approach those bands or their members. The approach would have to come from them and each application would be considered on its merit." Another statement followed:

Another statement followed:

"The Scottish Pipe Band Association is not prepared to make any concessions to the Cowal Committee in the dispute which has been going on between the two bodies since last year. This was stated at a meeting of the Cowal Games Committee held in Dunoon last night when it was decided to go ahead with the pipe band contests in the 1948 Cowal Games the same as 1947. After intimating this decision, Mr Hugh Matheson joint secretary of the committee made the following statement:-

The Cowal Games Committee to-night considered the report of the deputation which met the Scottish Pipe Band Association on Friday of last week. On 24th October 1947 the Cowal Games Committee put the following proposals to the Pipe Band Association:

1. That membership of the SPBA should not be refused to any band for the sole reason it had competed at Cowal in 1947 and the suspension of these bands which did compete should be uplifted by the SPBA at a date to be agreed, say December 31 1947. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

2. That the Cowal Committee would run their general contests under the rules of the SPBA except that insofar as such rules might be varied by local rules applying to Cowal only and previously approved by the SPBA. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

3. That while all other contests are confined to member of the SPBA, Cowal be permitted to run an open championship, which should be open to all interested whether members of the SPBA or not and no matter from where they come. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

4. That Cowal should be allowed to run a Territorial and Army contest, although these bands may not become members of the SPBA. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

5. That all juvenile bands be permitted to compete in juvenile contests at Cowal as at present, whether they are members of the SPBA or not. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

6. That Cowal shall, as formerly, do all they can to encourage all bands to join the SPBA. Answer by the Association - Accepted.

Mr Matheson continued by saying, “The Cowal Committee consider they have gone a long way towards compromise with the SPBA but the Association is not prepared to make any concessions to the Cowal Committee, which has organised pipe band contests since 1906, and which has done more than any other committee in Scotland to further progress of pipe band music. It should be noted that while the proposals were made to the Association on October 24 last, the Committee did not receive the Association’s answer until last week. In view of the fact that the Cowal Highland Games is being held on August 28 this year and the Pipe Band Association are holding their contest on the same date, the Association was asked in the event of Cowal applying for a permit would they be given one for August 28, and the answer was they would not, as that date had already been allocated.”

Cowal Gathering, 1947. Massed Bands.

Cowal Gathering, 1947. Massed Bands.

But the plans for an Edinburgh contest were not going smoothly, as the Oban Times informed their readers, ‘Because the Scottish Rugby Union “are anxious to preserve the turf at Murrayfield international ground,” the world pipe band championship will not be held in the Capital this year, but will be staged at Helenvale Park, Glasgow, on August 28. Despite the intervention of Lord Provost Andrew Murray, Edinburgh’s “Festival-minded” civic leader, the Scottish Rugby Union has not budged from their decision. Mr R. C. Whitelaw, secretary of the Scottish Pipe Band Association, said in an interview in Edinburgh today that it was quite understandable that the SRU had refused for these reasons. “But,” he added thoughtfully, “the ground has been let for the Edinburgh Highland Games the following Saturday, and will before that have been used by the British Legion some time in July. “I think Edinburgh has slept badly here,” Mr Whitelaw said. He cited last year’s 34,000 attendance figures and £1000 profit. Mr H M Simson, SRU secretary, said that the ground had been given out a lot of late and explained that the grass would have to be given a chance to grow. Murrayfield was granted free last year to the SPBA who are powerless now to stop this “flit” to the western stronghold of the “rebel” pipe band movement.’

Eventually, the Oban Times reported that, "Pipers’ War Ends on the Right Note. An amicable settlement has ended the pipers’ war. This year there will be only one world pipe band championship – in Glasgow on September 4, under the auspices of the Scottish Pipe Band Association. Dunoon Highland Gathering Association, the other party in the year-long feud over the right to stage the world event, have waived their claim. Their pipe band contest on August 28 will be for the Cowal championship instead of the World title. This announcement followed a special meeting yesterday of the SPBA executive Committee, called to consider the agreement worked out at the 'peace-talk' in Glasgow on Thursday with Lord Provost Sir Hector McNeill in the role of mediator. At the conference the Cowal side had offered to stand down, provided the date of the world championship did not clash with the Gathering. Last year the rivals staged world championships simultaneously in Edinburgh and Dunoon, And Glasgow Police Band defied the Association ban on their members competing at Cowal. Accepting the terms the Association executive agreed yesterday that “the whole incident be considered officially closed.” Giving out the news Mr R. C. Whitelaw, the secretary said: “The long-drawn-out horrible battle has ended.” He added that it was the Association’s desire to get back into membership the bands at present outwith their organisation. The SPBA would give the Cowal Championship every support – and hoped that the Cowal people would do the same for them."

Scotsoun Showground,1929.

Scotsoun Showground,1929.

The World Championship 1948 was held at Scotstoun Showground in Glasgow on 4th September and was won by Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia under Pipe Major Tom McAllister senior. Glasgow Police was second, followed by Airdrie Highland, Bonhill Parish and Rutherglen taking the other prizes. There were 25 bands in the World Championship event and another 45 in other grades.

The World Championship did return to Edinburgh again in 1949 when the Glasgow Police were the winners but in the following years moved to a different location each year, with Edinburgh hosting the championship three more time before it settled in Glasgow in 1983.

So what were the final outcomes? The Glasgow Police were deprived of a possible run of six in a row; Bowhill Colliery achieved immortality as the first SPBA World Champions; as late as the 1960s and 70s there were still band members saying Cowal was the real Worlds and preferring to go there rather than the official worlds; World title winners 1906 to 1947 are not recognised as such by the Pipe Band Association; the relationship between the RSPBA and Cowal has continued to be an uneasy one; and finally, Edinburgh never got a pipe band competition during the Festival.

* If anyone has memories of either competition or knows any stories passed to them by others who were there we would like to hear from you. Email

This article first appeared in the May 2017 Piping Times and is reproduced here with permission.

Always Argyll – a Liddell goes a long way

The Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship trophy is now ensconced by the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Inveraray & District Pipe Band's short rise – indeed,

The Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship trophy is now ensconced by the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Inveraray & District Pipe Band's short rise – indeed, Ascension – is utterly astonishing and a testament to the loyalty and affection shown to Pipe Major Stuart Liddell from his players.

Stuart has lived in Inveraray since the early 1980s and prior to resurrecting the local pipe band (which last played in the 1930s), played with ScottishPower and Simon Fraser University. He has also established a formidable – to say the least – record on the solo piping circuit. In 2003 he began tutoring the children of the local primary school. After a couple of years, the local band was re-established and registered with the RSPBA. The band's first competition was at the Cowal Gathering in 2005. They borrowed drums and played in their own kilts.

The breathtaking rise through the grades to Grade 1 has now culminated in the ultimate pipe band accolade. No wonder the crowd’s response was so fulsome. Stuart’s reaction was not to charge around like a lunatic – something we have wearily become accustomed to from pipe band people performing for the cameras. No. As humble as ever, he simply bowed and wept.

What a journey. A gong is surely around the corner for this gentleman.

Here is the band exiting the Green:

• The full band summaries can be found HERE.

Inveraray & District PB - 2017 World Pipe Band Champions

Inveraray & District Pipe Band was crowned Grade One World Pipe Band Champions today at Glasgow Green.

Full Results

Grade 1
1st Inveraray & District
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole
4th ScottishPower
5th Simon Fraser University
6th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
Drumming: Inveraray & District
Drumming MSR: Inveraray & District
Drumming Medley: St. Laurence O'Toole
Champion of Champions Band - Inveraray & District
Champion of Champions Drumming - St. Laurence O'Toole

Lomond and Clyde 2017 Grade 2 Champion of Champions

Grade 2
1st Glasgow Skye Association
2nd Lomond & Clyde
3rd St. Thomas Alumni
4th City of Dunedin
5th MacKenzie Caledonian
6th Manorcunningham
Drumming: Lomond & Clyde
Champion of Champions Band - Lomond & Clyde
Champion of Champions Drumming - Glasgow Skye Association

Grade 3A
1st Royal Burgh of Stirling
2nd New Ross & District
3rd Marlacoo & District
4th Coalburn IOR
5th St. Joseph’s
6th Deeside Caledonian
Drumming: Royal Burgh of Stirling
Champion of Champions Band - Wallacestone and District
Champion of Champions Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade 3B
1st Royal Burgh of Annan
2nd Bothwell Castle
3rd Quinn Memorial
4th The Highlanders (4 Scots)
5th Major Sinclair Memorial
6th Kevin R. Blandford Memorial
Drumming: Royal Burgh of Annan

1st Dollar Academy
2nd George Watson’s College
3rd George Heriot’s School
4th West Lothian Schools
5th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
6th Robert Malcolm Memorial
Drumming: George Heriot’s School

Grade 4A
1st 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
2nd Tullylagan
3rd McNeillstown
4th Denny & Dunnipace Gleneagles
5th Cullybackey
6th Dunbar Royal British Legion
Drumming: Tullylagan

Grade 4B
1st College of Piping, Summerside, Canada
2nd Kildoag
3rd Lisnamulligan
4th Culter & District
5th Cullen
6th Davidson’s Mains & District
Drumming: Kilmarnock

Novice Juvenile A
1st Ross & Cromarty Pipes and Drums School
2nd Dollar Academy
3rd Oban High School
4th George Watson’s College
5th George Heriot’s School
6th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate
Drumming: George Watsons College

Novice Juvenile B
1st Lochalsh Junior
2nd Oban High School
3rd Bucksburn & District Junior
4th MacKenzie Caledonian Juvenile
5th North Lanarkshire Schools
6th Sgoil Lionacleit
Drumming: Bucksburn & District Junior

Butter Fingers’ blog, 11th August

I was saddened to hear of the death of country singer Glen Campbell on Tuesday. Glen was of Scottish descent and was proficient in many instruments, including the pipes. In 1973 he performed Amazing Grace on a US show although he mimed playing the pipes as he was still learning at that stage. By 1981…
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Cameron Drummond takes the Silver Chanter

Cameron Drummond from Edinburgh is the winner of the 2017 Silver Chanter. His winning tune was The Battle of Waternish. The judge was Malcolm McRae. the other pipers who played were: Finlay Johnston, Derek Midgley, Ian K. MacDonald, Callum Beaumont and Roddy MacLeod. This was the 51st year of the competition.
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World’s Week – Day 4 at the College, Thursday 10th August:

Donald MacPhee

After yesterday's superb recital by Michael Grey and the sextet from Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, tomorrow – Day 4 – will be another busy day at the College.

We are delighted to welcome Donald MacPhee as our soloist. Donald's pibroch – sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society – will be The King's Taxes. Donald, originally from Texas, has been living in Scotland since 1997. He won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 2005. A quartet from the newly-promoted-to-Grade 1, Johnstone Pipe Band will then take to the stage.

Callum and Charlie.

A quartet from the newly-promoted-to-Grade 1, Johnstone Pipe Band will then take to the stage.

After Donald's recital, a quartet from the newly-promoted-to-Grade 1, Johnstone Pipe Band will take to the stage. We can also expect some entertaining music from the band's Callum Douglas and Charlie Galloway on pipes and guitar.

From 10.30am-2.30pm we are also hosting a free Trade Fair. This will be open from 10.30am-2.30pm, and will provide an ideal opportunity to talk first hand to the people behind products such as G1 Reeds, X-TREME pipes and reeds, Wallace Bagpipes, Debbiecovers, Kilberry Bagpipes, Highland Reeds and Begg Bags. All these products can be purchased directly from the College Shop … PLUS, for the rest of this week and all of next week, the College Shop is offering 5% off all products (except the Piping Times and lessons). Quote the code WW17 at checkout or when you contact us.

The College is only TWO stops on the underground from Cowcaddens station. Alight at Kelvinbridge and turn left. Go across the bridge and take the second left.


World's Week @ The College of Piping - Day 3

Michael Grey

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band