News. Uist and Barra Annual Invitational. College of Piping, Glasgow 4th March
This is one the best solo piping events on the planet and if you can get to it then please do so. The piping is of course of the highest calibre but the welcome, camaraderie and atmosphere are not to be missed. This is one of my piping highlights and Begg Bagpipes are please to be sponsoring the event again.
Those invited to play are: Callum Beaumont, Glenn Brown, Wilson Brown, Cameron Drummond, Jamie Forrester, Faye Henderson, Finlay Johnston, Roderick MacLeod, William McCallum, Douglas Murray, Niall Stewart and Craig Sutherland. Pipers will compete in ceol mor, ceol beag and port grad-charach (hornpipe) and port cruinn (jig). Entry is £12 and things kick off at 9am - it will be the best £12 you have spent in a long-time.
The venue has a special significance for me as well since after my initial introduction to piping with the 167th Glasgow Company of the Boys Brigade, my piping foundations and ambitions were "put to the grindstone and my feet to the fire" by the famous tutors of the day including Duncan Johnstone, Duncan MacFayden, Tommy Pearson, the bold Seumas MacNeill and Eddie MacLellan - what a star line-up! It was a school of hard knocks but for those of us who graduated, we are most grateful.