Communn Phìobaireachd Uibhist agus Bharraigh

Uist and Barra Piping Association

Highlands and Islands Young Piper of the Year Competition

Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula
Thursday 23 July 2015 from 9am
Competitions: aged 30 and under, under 18, under 15, novice piping, open chanter

Closing date for entries 15 July 2015
Contact for entry forms

Piper’s Prize Giving Ceilidh (with bar, tea, coffee, raffle)
Dark Island Hotel
7.30 PM

Brìghde Chaimbeul Piping Recital

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington – Sunday 5th July 4.00pm-5.00pm

Brighde Chaimbeul - Skye Highland Games 2014
17 year old Brìghde Chaimbeul comes from the Isle of Skye and has been immersed in Scottish/Gàidhlig music from a young age. She was offered a place at St Mary’s Music School in 2010 and since then has been receiving tuition from award-winning piper Iain Speirs, and Fin Moore (since 2014), having previously studied with Niall Stewart.
Recent successes include winning the National Piping Centre Under 18’s in Glasgow and playing in the final of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd contest. Brìghde has performed in venues across Scotland, and took part in a folk festival in Northern Norway last year playing with international artists such as Torje Jensen and Mike Vass. She is embarking on a 5 week tour this summer with Fèis Rois and is preparing for the prestigious spot of the lone piper at the Highland Military Tattoo this September.
This recital will consist of a wide repertoire of tunes on both Highland pipes and Scottish smallpipes, from formal March, Strathspeys and Reels and Piobaireachd to lighter traditional music from as far afield as Spain and Canada.

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 –

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

Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd @ The NPC

Plockton Gig 2015

The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music is pleased to announce the dates for this year’s whole school concert tour. This year’s tour is fairly widespread, partly following on from last year’s S6 tour, but also due to an exciting recording project the Centre has been involved in this session. There are shows in Dunoon, Glasgow, Birnam and Pitlochry before the tour concludes with the final concert at Plockton High School.

The concerts will feature the 22 students in various combinations, including them playing all together in a powerful finale. The Centre teaches accordion, clarsach, fiddle, pipes, piano, guitar, whistle, flute, and Scots and Gaelic song, and all of these will feature strongly on the programme. All of the youngsters are multi-talented and there are a few other instruments involved as well, so there really is something for everybody in the show.

Tickets can be reserved by phoning The National Piping Centre on 0141 353 0220 and payment is on the door, cash only.

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.