Category Archives: Results

Atholl belongs to Angus MacColl

Blair Castle. Sunday, May 28 – Angus D. MacColl was the aggregate winner today at Blair Castle, Perthshire. Angus, playing at the Atholl Gathering for the first time, was the aggregate winner, with a second in the Open Piobaireachd and firsts in the MSR, and the Hornpipe & Jig. Conditions were most conducive to piping and…
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Sarah Muir triumphs at SPA Professional

Sarah Muir from Campbeltown, Argyll, is the overall winner at today's Scottish Pipers' Association's Annual Professional Piping Competition held today at the College of Piping. Full results: Piobaireachd – 1. Gordon McCready (Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute); 2. Darach Urquhart; 3. Sarah Muir; 4. Edward Gaul; 5. Sandy Cameron. March – 1. Sarah Muir; 2. Gordon McCready; 3.…
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SPA Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest

Scottish Pipers’ Association, Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest, College of Piping, 1st April  Veterans – 1. Andrew Frater; 2. Brian Mulhearn, 3. Graham Alexander. [caption id="attachment_16910" align="alignleft" width="800"] L-R: Veterans – Graham Alexander, Neil Mulvie, Brian Mulhearn and Andrew Frater.[/caption] Best Slow March – Brian Mulhearn. Piobaireachd – 1. Stewart Gaudin; 2. Gregor McCulloch; 3. Janette…
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The Northern Meeting Day One

hdimageHighland Society of London Gold Medal
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Faye Henderson
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Silver Medal
1st Connor Sinclair
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Sarah Muir
4th Stuart Easton
5th Alex Gandy
Judges: Archie McLean, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

'A' Grade MSR
1st Neil Walker
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Craig Sutherland

Angus MacColl

Angus MacColl

5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Iain MacLellan, Tom Speirs

Silver Star MSR
1st Angus MacColl
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Niall Stewart
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Gordon Walker
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Ian Duncan, Iain Morrison

Argyllshire Gathering Day 2

finlay'A' Grade March
1st Finlay Johnston
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Calum Beaumont
4th Angus J MacColl
5th Innes Smith
6th Jamie Troy
Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Bill Livingstone, John Wilson

'A' Grade Strathspey & Reel
1st Alastair Lee
2nd Calum Beaumont
3rd Sean McKeown
4th Gordon McCready
5th Derek Midgley
6th John Lee
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Iain MacFadyen, Willie Morrison

'B' Grade March
1st Callum Harper
2nd William Rowe
3rd David Shedden
4th Connor Sinclair
5th Ben Duncan
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Ronnie McShannon, Bob Worrall

'B' Grade Strathspey & Reel
1st Ben Duncan
2nd Andrew Lewis
3rd Callum Moffat
4th Calum Watson
5th Connor Sinclair
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Jack Taylor, Stuart Samson

Open Jig
1st Cameron Macdougall
2nd James MacHattie
3rd Andrew Carlisle
4th Ben Duncan
5th Gordon McCready
Judges: Ian Duncan, Michael Grey, Rhona Lightfoot

Argyllshire Gathering Day One

Stuart-LiddellSenior Piobaireachd
1st Stuart Liddell - A Son’s Salute to His Parents
2nd Bruce Gandy - The Earl of Ross’s March
3rd Finlay Johnston - MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament
4th Jack Lee - Lament for Hugh
5th Angus MacColl - The Phantom Piper of Corrieyairick
Judges: Bill Livingstone, Colin MacLellan, Willie Morrison

Gold Medal
1st Ian K. MacDonald - Mary’s Praise
2nd Sean McKeown - Isabel MacKay
3rd Cameron Drummond - The Stewarts’ White Banner
4th Derek Midgley - The Battle of Waternish
5th Andrea Boyd -I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Stuart Samson, Jack Taylor

Silver Medal
1st Nick Hudson - The MacDonalds Are Simple
2nd Cameron MacDougal - Flame of Wrath
3rd Connor Sinclair - Hector MacLean’s Warning
4th Darach Urquhart - Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg
5th Anna Kummerlow - Flame of Wrath
Judges: Ian Duncan, Malcolm McRae, Robert Wallace

MacGregor Memorial
1st Finlay Cameron
2nd Calum Watson
3rd John Dew
4th Angus Macphee
Judges: Michael Grey, Bruce Hitchings, Rhona Lightfoot, Ronnie McShannon

Silver Star MSR
1st Alasdair Henderson
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Angus MacColl
4th Chris Armstrong
5th Bruce Gandy
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, John Wilson, Bob Worrall

COP competition 30 June 2016 copyChanter Beginner
1st Ruby Darbyshire
2nd Aiden Jardine
Judge Dan Nevans

Novice Piping - March
1st Bobby Allen
2nd Niall Beattie
3rd Owen Dougall
Judge Dan Nevans

Novice Piping - Slow Air
1st Bobby Allen
2nd Niall Beattie
3rd Lauren Kerr
Judge Dan Nevans

Under 18 - March Strathspey & Reel
1st Donald Stewart
2nd Lani O'Neill
3rd Ross Strain
Judge Christopher Armstrong

Under 18 - Piobaireachd
1st Donald Stewart
Judge Christopher Armstrong

Overall Under 18 winner  - Donald Stewart

COP competition 30 June 2016 Nevin copy

Dan Nevins (left) with College of Piping General Manager Fraser MacInnes

Adult Novice (Over 18) – Piobaireachd Ground
1st Ross Strain
Judge Christopher Armstrong

Open March - Strathspey & Reel
1st Dan Nevans
Judge Christopher Armstrong

Open Piobaireachd
1st Dan Nevans
Judge Christopher Armstrong

Overall Open - Dan Nevans



Iain Speirs wins the Donald MacDonald Quaich

imageIain Speirs from Edinburgh won the 30th Donald MacDonald Quaich competition. Ian’s performance of the Donald MacDonald setting of The Massacre of Glencoe resulted in the 2009 winner once again being awarded the quaich.

The event was sponsored by the Glencoe Foundation, USA. The Isle of Skye Pipe Band braved the midges to greet the arrival of guests. During the interval a trio of schoolchildren from Sleat Primary School gave a short but enjoyable clarsach recital. Prior to Roddy’s performance of A Chola Mo Ruin, Seumas Graham sung the song in a most enjoyable fashion.

The six pipers, all previous winners of the contest/recital, their tunes and the order they played, were:

Stuart Liddell (Bodaich na Sligeachain/The Old Men of the Shells);
Iain Speirs (Mortadh Ghlinne-Comhainn/Massacre of Glencoe);
Angus MacColl (Failte Bàn-Tighearna Mhic Dhomhnaill/Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute);
Cameron Drummond (Cumha Dubh Shomhairle/The Stewart’s White Banner);
Bruce Gandy (The Elchies Salute);
Roddy MacLeod (A Cholla Mo Ruin/MacDonald’s Warning or The Piper’s Warning to His Master).

Adjudicator: John Wilson.
Reader: Dr Angus MacDonald (Dr Angus won the contest in 1995).

Blair Atholl, Scotland – May 29

imageCraig Sutherland from Creiff was the overall winner at the Atholl Gathering which was held today in glorious sunshine and warm temperatures.
The number of pipers competing at this the first major event in the competing solo piper’s calendar, was broadly similar to 2015. However, the day was a frustrating one for the stewards who spent many frustrating moments looking for pipers who had entered in advance but who had then decided not to compete but hadn’t bothered to the organisers know. In addition, there was a small number of pipers who turned up late but who hadn’t told the organisers they were running behind. Perhaps these pipers have yet to hear about Mr Graham-Bell’s wonderful invention.

A Grade – 1. Darach Urquhart; 2. Peter McCallister; 3. Craig Sutherland; 4. William Geddes; 5. Michael Elder; 6. Jonathan Greenlees.

B Grade – 1. Andrew Wright; 2. Ben Duncan; 3. Cameron McDougall; 4. Calum Wilson; 5. Ross Miller.

C Grade – 1. Callum Brown; 2. Ciaran Ross; 3. Brighde Chambeul; 4. Dan Nevans; 5. Ben Mulhearn.

Open MSR – 1.Ben Duncan; 2. Calum Watson; 3. Craig Sutherland; 4. Gordon McCready; 5. William Geddes; 6. Brighde Chambeul.

Hornpipe and Jig – 1. Ben Duncan; 2. Cameron McDougall’ 3. Craig Suther;and; 4. Callum Watson; 5. Darach Urquhart; 6. Graham Drummond.

Champion Piper – Craig Sutherland.

First blood to Inveraray

Inveraray and District Pipe Band won the Grade 1 contest at yesterday’s British Pipe Band Championships held in Paisley. The Argyllshire band’s flawless performance edged them ahead of Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band.

The much-anticipated performance of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band – with Jim Kilpatrick’s drum corps – resulted in a fifth place. The band was one of many that had the misfortune to compete in unpleasant weather conditions.

Here are some photos from yesterday:

A 6th in grade 4B for Mid-Argyll Pipe Band.
Paisley buddies: Liddel, Canning and Parkes (1st, 6th and 2nd respectively).
Perth and District in final tuning. The band finished 13th in Grade 4A.
P.S. Alastair Dunn, Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band.
Plane noisy. Many criticised the venue’s close proximity to Glasgow Airport.
P.M. Richard Parkes keeps a close look at the sky.
P.M. Richard Parkes, Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band.
Terry Lee making his debut as an RSPBA adjudicator.
Duncan Nicholson and Willie Geddes of Greater Glasgow Police Scotland get to grips with the conditions.
The sun always shines … P.M. Stuart Liddell goes home with the silverware.
The Power on the line. The band finished 4th.
Light and shade(s). P.M. Dougie Murray’s Police Scotland Fife finished 9th in Grade 1.
The College of Piping Pipes and Drums finished 13th in Grade 3B.
A 5th in Grade 4B for Bowhill and District Pipe Band under P.M. Andrew Mathieson.
P.M. Barry Donaldson’s City of Edinburgh Pipe Band marches into the circle. The band finished 13th in Grade 2.
Robert Mathieson writes a constructive crit sheet for the Vale of Atholl’s Grade 4B outfit.
Bruce Hitchings BEM (right) listens carefully as P.S. Alastair Dunn and Sandy Cameron of Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band fine tune.
All smiles from P.M. Roddy MacLeod whose band gave a spirited performance in atrocious conditions and were awarded 5th place.

The next ‘major’ – the UK Pipe Band Championships in at Stormont in Belfast – takes place on June 11 in Belfast. The Grade 1 draw is as follows:

13:30 Dowco Triumph Street
13:40 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band
13:50 Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
14:00 Police Scotland Fife
14:10 Scottish Power
14:20 St Laurence O'Toole
14:30 Spirit of Scotland
14:40 Bleary and District
14:50 Vale of Atholl
15:00 Inveraray and District
15:10 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
15:20 Field Marshal Montgomery
15:30 Ravara

The draw for the Europeans at Forres on June 25 is:

15:15 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
15:25 Scottish Power
15:35 Spirit of Scotland
15:45 Bleary and District
15:55 St Laurence O'Toole
16:05 Field Marshal Montgomery
16:15 Inveraray and District
16:25 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band
16:35 Vale of Atholl
16:45 Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
16:55 Police Scotland Fife