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2016 Duncan Johnstone Memorial Results

Charles MacDonald

Charles MacDonald

B Ceòl Mor

  1. Charles MacDonald
  2. Douglas Gardiner
  3. Ross Cowan
  4. Calum Watson
  5. Gavin Ferguson


  1. Connor Sinclair
  2. Callum Moffat
  3. Matt Wilson
  4. Kris Coyle
  5. Andrew Wilson

C Ceòl Mor

  1. Connor Jardine
  2. Andrew Bova
  3. Alex Gehrig
  4. Ben Mulhearn
  5. Alastair Donaghy


  1. Ross MacKay
  2. Brighde Chaimbeul
  3. Chris Lee
  4. Connor Jardine
  5. Ciaren Ross


  1. Jonathon Simpson
  2. Ross Cowan
  3. Matt Fraser
  4. Calum Watson
  5. Brighde Chaimbeul

Charles MacDonald (Ceòl Mor preference)

Callum Beaumont wins the Uist & Barra

IMG_4080Callum Beaumont won the Glasgow Uist and Barra Association’s annual piping competition. The first prestigious solo piping contest of the year was held today at a packed College of Piping and it was the lad from Bo’ness who lifted the Charles Hepburn Bowl for the overall winner. Callum took the ceòl mòr with The Phantom Piper of the Corrieyairack while Finlay Johnston won the MSR. Alasdair Henderson won the Hornpipe and Jig.

One invited piper, Niall Stewart didn’t make the competition due to tonsillitis.

Prior to the presentation of prizes by Catriona Garbutt, a short recital was given by the winner of last year’s Flora MacDonald Piping Competition, Fiona MacLean (nee MacKay) of Benbecula, formerly of Alness. Fiona is an ex-pupil of John D. Burgess.

Tunes played:

Finlay Johnston (The King’s Taxes)
Glenn Brown (Rory MacLoud’s Lament)
Gordon McCready (Lord Lovat’s Lament)
Callum Beaumont (The Phantom Piper of the Corrieyairack)
Roderick MacLeod (The Old Men of the Shells)
Cameron Drummond (The Battle of the Pass of Crieff)
William McCallum (The Rout of the Lowland Captain)
William Geddes (The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute)
P.M. Gordon Walker (The Battle of Auldearn, No.2)
Alasdair Henderson (The Battle of Waternish)
Angus MacColl (I Gave a Kiss to the King’s Hand)
Faye Henderson (The Stewarts’ White Banner)
Stuart Liddell (Colin Roy McKenzie’s Lament)
Douglas Murray (Lament for MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart, No.2)

Alasdair Henderson (Col. MacLean of Ardgour, The Piper’s Bonnet, The Sheepwife)
Douglas Murray (The Highland Wedding, Dora MacLeod, The Rejected Suitor)
William McCallum (The Crags of Stirling, MacBeth’s Strathspey, Lt. Col. DJS Murray)
Angus MacColl (Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque, The Caledonian Society of London, Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree)
Stuart Liddell (The Pap of Glencoe, Lady Louden, The Smith of Chilliechassie)
William Geddes (The Taking of Beaumont Hamel, John Roy Stewart, Peter McFarquhar)
Cameron Drummod (The Lochaber Gathering, P.M. Hector MacLean, The Little Cascade)
Roderick MacLeod (Hugh Kennedy, Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch)
Gordon McCready (Knightswood Cèilidh, Tulloch Castle, Loch Carron)
Callum Beaumont (Mrs John MacColl, Catlodge, John Morrison of Assynt House)
Glenn Brown (Donald MacLellan of Rothesay, Sandy MacPherson, Kalabakan)
Finlay Johnston (Abercairney Highlanders, The Islay Ball, Thompson’s Dirk).

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, 41st Annual Junior Piping & Drumming Contest
Pitlochry High School, Pitlochry
January 16


Chanter, 10 years and under – 1. Cailem Townsley, Perth; 2. Annabel Charlton, Pitlochry; 3. Eilidh Jarrett, Boarhills; 4. Wallace Mackie, Crieff; 5.= Brodie Barrie, Pitlochry and Stan Brodie; 6.= Eliza Farron and Andrew Bryce.

Chanter, 10-11 years – 1. Darragh Gray, Pitlochry; 2. Lucy Jamieson, Abernethy; 3. Henry Farron, Blair Atholl; 4. Kyle Lamond; 5. Keeley Purves; 6. Logan Jamieson, Perth.

Chanter, 12-18 years – 1. Jamie Sinclair, Dundee; 2. Fraser Cumming, Pitlessie; 3. Ellie Cudworth, Pitlochry; 4.= Hazel Bennet, Kinross and Finlay Hodgson, Birnam; 5.= Kieran Porter and Shaun Roberts, Pitlochry.

Novice, 12 years and under – 1. Duncan Kilpatrick, Crieff; 2. Roddy Kilpatrick, Crieff; 3. Cameron Stewart, Crieff; 4. Jamie Sinclair, Dundee; 5. Jamie Pool, Crieff; 6. Kieran Porter, Crieff.

Novice, 13-18 years – 1. Jason Townsley, Bankfoot; 2. Archie McNab, Methven; 3. Max Crawford, Kinross; 4. Lewis Duncan, Perth; 5. Robbie Coupar, Dundee.

Under 15 years – 1. Brogan Townsley, Perth (Lament for Donald of Laggan); 2. Archie Clark, Crieff (Marquis of Argyle’s Salute).

15-18 years – 1. Jordan Ednie, Monifieth (The Little Spree); 2. Cameron Weir, Dundee (Massacre of Glencoe); 3. Cameron Bullard, Glenalmond College; 4. Owen Sweeney, Carnoustie (Lament for the Viscount of Dundee); 5. Aaron Bryce, Perth (Corrienessan’s Salute).

Under 15 years – 1. Archie McNab (Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban); 2. Jason Townsley, Bankfoot (The Taking of Beaumont Hamel); 3. Brogan Townsley (The Taking of Beaumont Hamel); 4. Jack Liddle, Perth (Corriechollie/Teribus); 5.= Max Crawford (Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban) and Gregor Cochrane (Atholl & Breadalbane Gathering); 6.= Cameron Stewart (Norman Orr Ewing) and Archie Clark (Millbank Cottage).

March, Strathspey & Reel, 15-18 years – 1. Douglas Mair, Kinross; 2. Owen Sweeney; 3. Cameron Weir, Dundee; 4. Aaron Bryce; 5. Hector Prestige, Glenalmond College.

Jig, under 15 years – 1. Brogan Townsley; 2. Jack Liddle.

Angus MacColl wins the SPA Knockout third round

IMG_3672 Angus MacColl won the third heat of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s Knockout series of competitions for the Piping Times Trophy. An enthusiastic crowd put the Benderloch piper ahead of Dunoon’s Alasdair Henderson.

The all-Argyll heat was held at the College of Piping on January 9 and was again streamed live over the internet.

Angus goes through to the semi-finals along with the winners of the first two heats, John Patrick and Stuart Liddell.

The next heat will be held at the College of PIping in early February, the date still be finalised. The pipers playing on that night will be Steven Leask and Dougie Murray.

The final is in May.

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Callum Moffat

Callum Moffat

Scots Guards Club Knockout

Callum Moffat won through to the next round of the Club piping KO against Greig Canning, both pipers produced an excellent afternoon of piping before a very good audience.
Next up on the 13th December is Scott Barrie and Andrew Wright.

Angus MacColl is the winner of this years Glenfiddich

Angus MacColl is the winner of this years Glenfiddich. Piobaireachd 1. Stuart Liddell (Lament for the Laird of Anapool) 2. Angus MacColl (The Red Speckled Bull) 3. Roddy MacLeod (The Old Men of the Shells) 4. William McCallum (The Earl of Ross’s March) 5. Finlay Johnston (Lament for the Union). MSR 1. Angus MacColl (MacLean…
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Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2015

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship, was established in 1974 to inspire and stimulate the world’s finest individual pipers, and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag (the little music).

The 42nd Glenfiddich Piping Championship takes place on Saturday, 24th of October in Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, commencing promptly at 10am.

Invited to compete are

  • Callum Beaumont
  • Bruce Gandy
  • Finlay Johnston
  • Jack Lee
  • Stuart Liddell
  • William McCallum
  • Angus MacColl
  • Roderick MacLeod
  • John-Angus Smith
  • Iain Speirs

The Piobaireachd Judges

Ian Morrison
John Wilson
William Wotherspoon

The March, Strathspey & Reel Judges

Colin MacLellan
Ian McLellan
Andrew Wright

Fear an Tighe

Bob Worrall

Tickets are available on Saturday, 24th of October, at Blair Castle, priced £15.

Further information from Liz Maxwell. Telephone: 0845 602 1974. Email:

Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping

festivalofsolopiping10 yrs & Under Chanter
1st Fraser Smith
2nd Billie Smith
3rd Owen Paterson

11 yrs & Under Chanter
1st Lauren Kerr
2nd Beth McMaster

12 yrs & Under Chanter
1st Innes Campbell

Open Slow Air Chanter
1st Fraser Smith
2nd Lois Stewart
3rd Billie Smith

Chanter Champion ~ Fraser Smith
Best Prospect Chanter ~ Harrison Bishop

10 yrs & Under Piping
1st Cailean Campbell
2nd Katie Roy

11yrs & Under Piping
1st Andrew McCrindle
2nd Cailean Campbell
3rd Katie Roy

12 yrs & Under Piping
1st Luke Kennedy
2nd Christopher Happs
3rd Paul Christie
4th Calum Ramsay
5th Andrew McCrindle
6th Ruari Buchan

13 yrs & Under Piping
1st Luke Kennedy
2nd Christopher Happs
3rd Ross Conner
4th Paul Christie
5th Hazel Whyte
6th Liam Brown
Best in Branch ~ Scott McDonald

14 yrs & Under Piping
1st Andrew Ferguson
2nd Ross Conner
3rd Luke Shearer
4th Liam Brown
5th Tia McLanaghan
6th Cameron Duff
Best in Branch Abbbie Roy

15 yrs & Under Piping ~ March
1st Robbie MacIsaac
2nd Jamie Campbell
3rd Kyle Currie
4th Andrew Ferguson
5th Corrie Campbell
6th Luke Shearer
Best in Branch ~ Grace Walker

15 yrs Under Piping Strathspey & Reel
1st Robbie MacIsaac
2nd Andrew Ferguson
3rd Jamie Campbell
4th Erin Ritchie
5th Kyle Currie
6th James Forrest
Best in Branch ~ Kyle Currie

16 yrs & Under Piping - MSR
1st Robbie MacIsaac
2nd Harry McLachlan
3rd Holly Fredlander
4th Donald C Stewart
5th Finlay Frame
6th Ewan Murray
Best in Branch ~ Bethany Hanley

17 yrs & Under Piping - MSR
1st Harry McLachlan
2nd John Campbell
3rd Connor Jardine
4th Donald C Stewart
5th Holly Fredlander
Best in Branch ~ Ewan Murray

18 yrs & Under Piping - MSR
1st John Campbell
2nd Connor Jardine
3rd Christina Shaw

Under 16 Junior Piobaireachd
1st Robbie MacIsaac
2nd Luke Kennedy
3rd Erin Ritchie
4th Christopher Happs
5th Ross Conner

Under 17 Intermediate Piobaireachd
1st Andrew Ferguson
2nd Jamie Campbell
3rd Ewan Murray
4th Finlay Frame

Over 15 Senior Piobaireachd
1st Donald C Stewart
2nd John Campbell
3rd Connor Jardine

Open Jig - Colin McCallum Trophy
1st John Campbell
2nd Finlay Frame ~ Eliz. Bocquel Trophy
3rd Robbie MacIsaac ~ Tom Martin Trophy
4th Connor Jardine ~ Marshall Trophy

Best Presented Piper ~ Not in the Prize List ~ Cameron Duff

Junior Champion ~ Robbie MacIsaac
Senior Champion ~ John Campbell

the bobs2015 Nicol-Brown Invitational Results

Bob Brown and Bob Nicol traveled widely during their lifetimes, teaching and performing around the world. Everywhere they went, they inspired people to love piping and especially Piobaireachd. Their legacy includes many piping societies and groups who have been inspired to teach and to organize competitions and recitals so that the next generation of pipers will be inspired to love the music. Donald F. Lindsay was one of the students who they inspired, and he and the first Nicol-Brown committee dedicated an Amateur Invitational event to the memory of Bob Brown and Bob Nicol in 1982.

The 33rd Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition was held in Albany, New York, along with a concert and a Master Class on October 9-11, 2015. Callum Beaumont started out the weekend with an exceptional concert, giving a bit of background on the tunes he played, and entertaining the audience with a variety of music. His performance of "Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck," which he just won the Clasp with at the Northern Meeting a few weeks ago, was a privilege to listen to, full of artistic touches and expression. Callum had a long day on the bench on Saturday, judging 30 excellent performances from the 10 Amateur Grade 1 competitors, who had been invited based on their competitive success this year in contests across North America. Being selected to compete in the Nicol-Brown is quite an accomplishment, and one that many amateur pipers work toward for years.

Kevin McLean, from British Columbia, was the 2015 Overall Nicol-Brown Champion, and won the Nicol-Brown Chalice for Piobaireachd with a bold, exciting performance of "The Red Speckled Bull." For the overall prize, he won a gorgeous blackwood McC2 pipe chanter with a sole engraved specially for the Nicol-Brown and donated by McCallum Bagpipes. He also won airfare to travel to compete in the London contests in 2016, so he'll have a year now to prepare for that contest. For the Piobaireachd prize, in addition to having his name engraved on the base of the Nicol-Brown Chalice, Kevin won a bound Piobaireachd Society Collection, an impressive prize donated by The Piper's Hut every year.

James Dyson from Nova Scotia, appearing at the Nicol-Brown for his third and final time before moving up to the Professional Grade, won the MSR with an outstanding, musical performance of "Leaving Lunga," "Loch Loskin," and "The Sound of Sleat." He was presented with a lovely McCallum practice chanter with a presentation ferrule donated by The Piper's Dojo, and he will have his name and tunes engraved on the William Ross Challenge Targe.

Tyler Bridge won the Donald MacLeod Memorial 6/8 March event for the second time in a row, which means that he now has two beautiful silver buckles created by Walker Metalsmiths in New York, which he can pass down to future generations of his family. His "Bonawe Highlanders" and "Dundee City Police Pipe Band" were performed with confidence and swing.


Master Class with Callum Beaumont

Whenever it's possible for the judges, the Nicol-Brown committee and the EUSPBA are pleased to host a Master Class on Sunday. Callum Beaumont was able to fit the class into his schedule this year before flying back to Scotland Sunday night to be at work at Dollar Academy on Monday morning. His Master Class was a privilege for the competitors and the other students of piping who were welcomed to Celtic Hall in Albany. Callum had specific details for each competitor regarding their performances, pointing out their strengths and giving advice for how to improve their weaknesses. He is an encouraging teacher, full of wisdom, and it was easy to hear the improvement as each piper replayed the sections of music he had chosen.

Results from the 2015 Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition

2015NicolBrownChampionsOverall Nicol-Brown Championship

  1. KEVIN McLEAN (18 points)
    Prizes: airfare to compete in London in November 2016, sponsored by the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, and by Steve Porter; and an McC2 pipe chanter with a custom-designed sole, donated by McCallum Bagpipes.
  2. TYLER BRIDGE (17 points)
    Prize: A Peter Henderson Blackwood Pipe Chanter donated by Henderson’s Ltd.
  3. CHRISTIAN RHOADS (11 points)
    Prize: A $200 piping scholarship sponsored by Doreen Forney in memory of P/M Angus Macdonald, 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
  4. MAEGHAN BIELSKI (10 points)
    Prize: A $150 piping scholarship sponsored by Ben Bhraggie House Ltd.

Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice for Piobaireachd

    (“The Red Speckled Bull”)
    Prize: A bound Piobaireachd Society Collection donated by Jon Maffett from The Piper’s Hut.
    (“The Big Spree”)
    Prize: Binneas is Boreraig and Donald MacDonald’s Collection of Piobaireachd sponsored by Bonnie Rideout.
    (“The Battle of Auldearn” No. 1)
    Prize: A $75 gift certificate for The Piper’s Hut sponsored by Joseph Stewart and family.
    (“MacLeod’s Controversy”)
    Prize: Piobaireachd Fingerwork by Jim McGillivray and A.G. Kenneth’s Collection, Book 5 donated by Duncan’s Highland Supply.
    (“Lament for the Departure of King James”)
    Prize: Sight Readable Ceol Mor by Dugald MacNeill and The Piobaireachd Society’s Collection of Ceòl Mór Composed during the 20th Century donated by Duncan’s Highland Supply.

William Ross Challenge Targe MSR Competition

    (“Leaving Lunga,” “Loch Loskin,” and “The Sound of Sleat”)
    Prize: A McCallum long blackwood practice chanter with engraved sole, bowl, and presentation ferrule donated by The Piper’s Dojo.
    (“Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society,” “The Islay Ball,” and “The Brown Haired Maid”)
    Prize: A McCallum long plastic practice chanter with Zoomorphic engraved ferrule sponsored by Barb, Erin, and Dan McCarthy.
    (“Miss Elspeth Campbell,” “The Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” and “The Smith of Chilliechassie”)
    Prize: Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music, Volume 2 and The Bagpipe Music of John McLellan 1875-1949 sponsored by Doreen Forney in memory of P/M Angus Macdonald.
    (“Donald MacLellan of Rothesay,” “Highland Harry,” and “Thomson’s Dirk”)
    Prize: Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music, Volume 1 sponsored by Doreen Forney in memory of P/M Angus Macdonald.
    (“Colin Thompson,” “John Roy Stewart,” and “Alick C. MacGregor”)
    Prize: Prize: The Bagpipe Music of John MacColl 1860-1943 sponsored by JoAnn Scott.

Donald MacLeod Memorial 6/8 March Competition

    (“The Bonawe Highlanders” and “Dundee City Police Pipe Band”)
    Prize: The Donald MacLeod Memorial Silver Buckle created and donated by Stephen Walker of Walker Metalsmiths.
    (“Cameron MadFadyen” and “Jean Mauchline”)
    Prize: A $75 gift card for Henderson’s Ltd. sponsored by Joseph Stewart and family.
    (“Jean Mauchline” and “Capt. C.R. Lumsden”)
    Prize: A $60 gift card for The Piper’s Dojo sponsored by Betsy and Bruce Douglas.
    (“P/M Charles Timmers” and “George Sherriff”)
    Prize: The Gordon Highlanders Pipe Music Collection, Vol. 1 sponsored by Betsy and Bruce Douglas.
    (“The MacNeils of Ugadale” and “All the Blue Bonnets are Over the Border”)
    Prize: Standard Settings of Pipe Music of The Seaforth Highlanders sponsored by Nancy Tunnicliffe.

Dress and Deportment

This prize is a special recognition for the effort and thought put into the presentation of performances, showing respect for the contest and bringing dignity to the music.

(Judged by Donald F. Lindsay)

    Prize: The men’s or women’s piping vest of the competitor’s choice from Henderson’s Ltd., sponsored by the Spicer family.


Each competitor this year received an Airstream Blowpipe donated by Scott’s Highland Services, a Nicol-Brown towel, a framed group photo, and a new edition of the coveted Nicol-Brown lapel pin designed by Charlie Glendinning and sponsored by Steve Porter.

B grade march. 1. Jack Smith, 2. Kyle Johnstone, 3. Robert Allen.

B grade S&R . 1. Jack Smith, 2. Kyle Johnstone, 3. Robert Allen.

A Grade.

Piobaireachd: 1. Lewis Russell, 2. John Campbell, 3. Donald Stewart, 4. Harry MacLachlan.

March: 1.Harry MacLachlan, 2. Donald Stewart, 3. Robbie MacIsaac, 4. Lewis Russell.

S&R: 1. Robbie MacIsaac, 2. Harry MacLachlan, 3. Lewis Russell, 4. John Campbell.

Jig: 1. Robbie MacIsaac, 2.Lewis Russell, 3. Christina Shaw, 4. Harry MacLachlan.

Overall: Lewis Russell.

Best under 15: Hazel Whyte.

Judges Roddy Livingstone, Neill Mulvie.