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                                                Newsletter - April 2011


Dear Piping Enthusiast,


Before the new season gets into full swing, I have taken some leave and amongst other things, climbed Ben Lomond. Beinn Laomainn (Beacon Mountain) as it is known in Gaelic, reaches an impressive 974 metres/3196 feet and commands great views over Loch Lomond and beyond - that is if it is not covered in mist by the time you get to the top, as I discovered!

On the piping front, I went with my brothers Bill and Iain to check out the Lomond and Clyde Invitational Competition at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow, but am unable to report on how it all went - I guess we were way-laid in some fine hostelries and by the time we got to the hotel, it was all over! Ah well - there is always next year.

So this month's newsletter is just a wee short one to say hello to all our friends, but we will be back in full strength again next month.

Yours aye,

James C. Begg


(Does James look happier at the Top or the Bottom?)    

(Could he blow his pipes at the Top??)

























Another successful Uist and Barra solo competition took place in March and I went along with my London based pal, P/M Willie Cochrane. We heard a few piobaireachds in the morning, with Iain Speirs and Angus MacColl both being on fine form. Angus played the somewhat easier piece - MacLeod of Raasay's Salute - and gained 3rd place with an immaculate pipe. Iain, I suspect, won the day due the complexity of his selected tune -The End of the Great Bridge. Willie said he'd played the same tune in 1961 at Inverness and so he knew exactly how tricky it can be. Both pipes were good but I did find Iain's drones very robust and not quite as mellow as Angus', but that is just my personal taste.


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