Westside Agricultural Show 2015 Solo Piping Competition

Held on the 31st July 2015 – Gates open at 12noon – Barvas Machair, Loch street, Isle of Lewis

Types of competition: Piobaireachd, MSR, Jig and Hornpipe for all U15, U18 & Open categories.
Novice piping, chanter sections are beginner, novice and open

To enter, please contact Ashley MacDonald: 07919101011 – ash_la@hotmail.co.uk

Open top prizes for 1st for Piobaireachd – £80, 2nd £60, 3rd £45, MSR 1st £50, 2nd £45, 3rd £30, Jig & Hornpipe 1st £50, 2nd £45, 3rd £30. Overall winners in U15, U18 and Open have an overall trophy. Chanter, novice piping U15 & U18 receive medals up to 3rd prize.
Situated on the Barvas Machair unspoilt landscape we have the Westside Cattle Show running for the 33rd year – with various stalls and competitions for Cattle, Sheep, veg and fruit, knitting, Arts & crafts to heavy and sport events with a display from Highland dancers and pipe band – we also have a car and tractor show of various classics to Tea & coffee with a treat to taste our local baking, we also have an all day BBQ!

Competitors free, Adults £5 and children £2

Argyll Piping Trust – Scots Guards Junior Piping Competition

Results of the competition held on Monday 22nd of June at the Games Park Oban.

Novice Piping

  1. John Macleod
  2. Sinclair Hennessy
  3. Erin Byers
  4. Ian MacPherson

Piping Under 15 March

  1. Ross Connor
  2. Piers Gritten
  3. Calum McKillop
  4. Jamie Campbell​

Under 15 Strathspey and Reel

  1. Jamie Campbell
  2. Ross Connor
  3. Calum McKillop
  4. Piers Gritten

Under 18 March

  1. Aaron Hussain
  2. Alistair MacLean
  3. Alexander Anderson
  4. Rebecca Paterson

Under 18 Strathspey and Reel

  1. Aaron Hussain
  2. Alistair Maclean
  3. Alexander Anderson
  4. Rebecca Paterson

Bruce Gandy wins Donald MacDonald Quaich 2015

Bruce Gandy - Donald MacDonald 2015
Bruce Gandy won the Donald MacDonald Quaich 2015, playing “Glengarry’s March”. The judge was Jack Taylor. Held on Friday 5th of June in the Clan Donald Centre, Armadale. The other pipers were Niall Stewart, Dougie Murray, Stuart liddell and Roddy MacLeod MBE.

Craig Sutherland wins 2015 Scots Guards Knockout

Scots Guards Club 2014-15 knockout competition was won by Craig Sutherland who played against Steven Gray on Sunday 3rd of May.
The radio Scotland Pipeline have recorded the event and will be broadcasting it in the near future.
Jimmy Banks would like to thank “all our audiences for their support throughout the year“.

Stewart Society Composing Competition

The Stewart Society is sponsoring a composing competition. This is for an original composition of a 2 parted march in 4/4 time, to be played on the Highland bagpipe. The composer of the winning tune will receive a prize of £300, and will have their name inscribed on the competition cup. The tune will also be played at the Stewart Society Gathering, during the weekend of August 21st-23rd 2015, at Ballone Castle, Tain, Rosshire, with hopefully, the composer in attendance. The tune will also be published in the Stewart Society magazine in 2016.
The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of
Roddy MacLeod MBE, Principal, the National Piping Centre
Finlay MacDonald, Head of Piping Studies, the National Piping Centre
Finlay Johnston, National Piping Centre Tutor, winner of the Gold Medal for Piobaireachd, Argyllshire Gathering 2012
Competition Rules
  • The tune entered must be a two parted march in 4/4/ time
  • Your entry can be submitted either by email, in which case it must be a pdf attachment, to the competition email address – stewartsocietycompetition@gmail.com or by post to “Stewart Society Competition, The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW”
  • Your tune manuscript should bear no marks which identify the composer.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final
  • The closing date for the competition is 30th June 2015. No entries received after that date will be considered