Archie Kenneth Quaich 2015

The 23rd annual Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 7 March. The competition is sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society. The Archie Kenneth Quaich was won, for the third time, by Tom Peterkin from Edinburgh, who played the Lament for Captain MacDougall.
Archie Kenneth 2015
The full list of prize winners and their tunes were as follows:

  1. Tom Peterkin – Lament for Captain MacDougall
  2. Andrew Frater – Tulloch Ard
  3. Michael Graham – You’re Welcome, Ewen
  4. John Frater – MacLeod’s Controversy
  5. Bob Low – The Black Wedder’s White Tail
  6. Stewart Gaudin – Lament for Donald Duaghal Mackay

The judges were Colin MacLellan and Jenny Hazzard and the prizes were presented by Andrew Wright, Honorary President of The Piobaireachd Society. Dugald MacNeill once again took on the arduous task of steward and announcer and kept things moving along smoothly all day.
Colin and Jenny provided written critiques and were happy to give direct feedback after the competition, a gesture much appreciated by the competitors.
On this occasion there were 27 competitors, mostly from Scotland and various parts of England and Wales. Two competitors were from the USA and one was from Germany. Several were making their first appearances in this competition.
Competitors submit two tunes and are advised a week in advance which has been chosen for them to play. A wide variety of tunes was presented, including a number of modern compositions, and none were repeated. Some excellent bagpipes were in evidence and the tunes were generally well prepared and musically performed.
Thanks are due to the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society who once again contributed the use of their rooms and bar. This is an ideal venue for the competition and makes for a relaxed congenial atmosphere.

Alan Forbes
Music Committee Secretary
The Piobaireachd Society

2015 Junior Competition Results

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Event 1 – 15-17 Piobaireachd

1. Brighde Chaimbeul
2. Harry McLachlan
3. John Dew
4 Calum Carslaw
5 John Campbell
6 Holly Friedlander

Event 2 – 15-17 March Strathspey and Reel

1. Brigdhe Chaimbeul
2. John Dew
3. Calum Ian Brown
4. Connor Jardine
5. Calum Carswell
6. John Campbell

Event 3 –  15-17 Jig

1 Calum Ian Brown
2. Brighde Chaimbeul
3. John Dew
4. Calum Carswell
5. Connor Jardine
6 Harry McLachlan

Overall Winner 15-17 – Brighde Chaimbeul
Event 4 – Under 15 Piobaireachd

1. Robbie McIsaac
2. Angus MacPhee
3. Lewis Russell
4. Jordan Ednie
5. Finlay Cameron
6. Ben Muir

Event 5 – Under 15 Piobaireachd Ground

1. Paul Christie
2. Max Grieve
3. Luke Shearer
4. Archie Clark

Event 6 – U15 March

1. Jordan Ednie
2. Robbie McIsaac
3. Lewis Russell
4. Andrew Ferguson
5. Paul Christie
6. Finlay Cameron

Event 7 – Under 15 Strathspey and Reel

1. Lewis Russell
2. Robbie McIsaac
3. Finlay Cameron
4. Andrew Ferguson and Jordan Ednie
5. Paul Christie
6. Ben Muir and Hazel White

Overall Winner Under 15 – Robbie McIsaac
Event 8 – Chanter Slow Air

1. Scott MacDonald
2. Craig Duncan
3. Archie MacFadyen
4. Ben Adams
5. Eala Niamh McElhinney
6. Calum Ramsey

Event 9 – Chanter March

1. Jack Forbes
2. Calum Ramsey
3. Alistair Huxtable
4. Archie MacFadyen
5. Eala Niamh McElhinney
6. Alex Holiday

Uist & Barra Piping Competition 2015

Fourteen of the best UK based pipers in the World have been invited to compete at the Uist & Barra competition – with the invitation list drawn from major prize winners in 2014. It will be held at the College of Piping, Glasgow on 7th March from 9am.
Pìobaireachd; March, Strathspey and Reel; Hornpipe and Jig
Adults £10; 16 and under £5

  • Chris Armstrong
  • Callum Beaumont
  • Glenn Brown
  • Bill Geddes
  • Alasdair Henderson
  • Faye Henderson
  • Finlay Johnston
  • Angus MacColl
  • Roddy MacLeod
  • Willie McCallum
  • Peter McCalister
  • Gordon McCready
  • Douglas Murray
  • Iain Speirs
  • Craig Sutherland
  • Gordon Walker

The judges for all three competitions will be Iain MacFadyen, Willie Morrison and Stuart Samson.

Organisers are hoping to stream the event online, and further details will be included on their Facebook page when this is confirmed.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasgow.uistandbarra.piping
Uist & Barra: http://www.glasgowuistandbarraassociation.co.uk