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 – 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

Retail Sales Assistant for Bagpiping Shop

About our company
The National Piping Centre is a national and international centre of excellence for the Great Highland Bagpipe. We incorporate; a Bagpiping School, Museum of Piping, The Bagpipe Shop, a Library, Hotel, Restaurant as well as Conference and Wedding facilities.
We welcome visitors from all over the world who often stay with us and also learn to play the pipes. We are a busy, city centre venue with an excellent reputation for providing warm and welcoming Scottish hospitality.

Outline of role

  • Delivering excellent customer service within our shop and front desk
  • Switchboard operator
  • Assisting with online sales and website products
  • Supporting the team to achieve targets
  • Ensuring store presentation is of a high standard at all times

Person specification
To come on board as a sales assistant you would ideally have the following:

  • Customer service experience
  • Confident and clear communication skills
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Must be able to competently play, maintain and set up bagpipes
  • An interest in traditional music (desirable)
  • Flexible to work shifts and weekends
  • Able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team

Pay rate
£6.50 per hour

Hours per week
16-18 hours

The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW

Publication date

Publication end date

Please send your CV and cover letter to

Scots Guard Club News

On Sunday 12 April Steven Gray won through to the final of the Scots Guards Club knockout beating Greig Wilson.
Steven will meet Craig Sutherland in the final at the Scots Guards Club Haymarket Edinburgh on Sunday 03 May 4pm
Tickets £10.00 curry served after
Contact Scots Guards Club 0131 337 1084

Donald MacLeod Memorial 2015 Results

Willie McCallum won the 2015 Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition. Iain Speirs came second overall.


  1. Willie McCallum
  2. Iain Speirs
  3. Finlay Johnston
  4. Glenn Brown

March, Strathspey & Reel

  1. Willie McCallum
  2. Iain Speirs
  3. Gordon McCready
  4. Callum Beaumont

Hornpipe & Jig

  1. Gordon McCready
  2. Glenn Brown
  3. Callum Beaumont
  4. Iain Speirs

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