Iain Speirs wins the 52nd Silver Chanter
Iain Speirs took his sixth Silver Chanter on Saturday 4th August at this premier solo piping contest’s new venue, the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.
The Edinburgh piper’s winning tune was I Got A Kiss of the King’s Hand.
Hugh McCallum adjudicated with Ronnie McShannon acting as reader.
The other invited pipers were Cameron Drummond (Rory MacLoude’s Lament), Alasdair Henderson (The Battle of Waternish), Callum Beaumont (Lament for the Children), Glenn Brown (Lament for the Earl of Antrim) and Angus MacColl (Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon).
Speirs had previously won the Silver Chanter in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2015.
The event this year moved to a new home at The National Piping Centre in Glasgow after rising costs and diminishing income meant that the Isle of Skye Piping Society couldn’t continue to support the event, but this year’s event went ahead with support from the Society and William Grant Foundation.
Cailean MacLean was Fear an Tighe.