Congratulations to Willie McCallum on winning the Bratach Gorm for the fourth time in London on 5th November 2011. Willie capped off a great day by also winning the overall title, by virtue of winning the Bratach Gorm, 2nd in the Former Winners MSR, 3rd in the Hornpipe and Jig and 4th in the Gillies Cup Open Piobaireachd. Willie was playing his own design McC² chanter. By virtue of winning this title Willie qualifies for the Glenfiddich Championship in 2012, making it his 25th time in succession at the competition.
It was without doubt a successful day for many other competitors who were playing McCallum chanters and/or pipes. Iain Speirs continued his fine form by coming 2nd overall by virtue of 2nd in the Gillies Cup, 4th in the Bratach Gorm, 3rd in the Former Winners MSR, and 2nd in the Hornpipe and Jig.
Niall Stewart took 1st in the JB Robertson March and 3rd in the Gillies Cup.
Alex Gandy won the Hornpipe and Jig, also coming 4th in the A grade MSR and 3rd in the B Piobaireachd.
Steven Leask was placed 1st in the C grade MSR and Hornpipe and Jig playing a full set of McCallum Bagpipes and McC² chanter.
Gordon Walker took 5th place in the Gillies Cup, Callum Beaumont (5th in the Bratach Gorm / 5th in the Marches), Bruce Gandy (2nd Marches), Jenny Hazzard and Andrew Hall (2nd B MSR). Apologies if we have missed anyone from the list.
All the players mentioned have had great seasons and we at McCallum Bagpipes congratulate all of them and thank them for continuing to play and have faith in our products.
The SPSL contest has been running since the 1930’s and the 2011 event attracted possibly the biggest entry in its history.
Congratulations to Iain Speirs of Edinburgh who won the Piobaireachd event at the 2011 Glenfiddich Championship. This caps off a remarkable season for Iain, following his wins at the Argyllshire Gathering. Iain has for many years played a McCallum chanter.
Also in the prizes at the same event playing the McC² chanter were Willie McCallum (4th Piob, 3rd MSR) and Niall Stewart, 4th MSR.
The overall event was won by Roddy MacLeod MBE and we congratulate Roddy on winning his 4th title.
Only 44 days until Christmas.
More importantly it’s only 42 days until all the little elves at McCallum Bagpipes pack up their hemp and whiskey and head away on their annual 2 week holiday.
Please don’t forget to order sooner rather than later to avoid disapointment and to save the elves from getting too stressed. (especially bob elf)
Stuarts new best friend and it’s not Andy…
We have just taken delivery of our new Dugard 200HT/200MC slant bed, high precision CNC lathe.
Andy was delighted when the new machine arrived as it is going into his department but he soon came to realise that it actually just means more work for him. This gave a laugh to all the other guys in the factory.
The new machine will help us produce more practice chanters bagpipe chanters and help with the new range of acetyl bagpipes.
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Roll on the Christmas Holidays…..
Jim and Gavin are especially delighted that last week is over and by with. All hands were at the pumps as we successfully completed our orders for the busiest week of the year so far. Even on an average week we find ourselves very busy but last week was one of those crazy ones that come along 2 or 3 times a year when it’s even more manic than usual. The run up to Christmas is notoriously busy but it seems we have started even earlier this year.
The hemping and sanding fingers are still a bit raw as is Roberts voice from trying to get us all ‘organised’. Hopefully the fingers recover quicker than the voice…..only joking Robert.
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Many thanks to Alex Cross (above left) who sent us these great pictures of the South American Piping Association Band playing recently at their Ceilidh in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then at the Oktoberfest celebrations in Cordoba, Argentina where the band are invited to play every year.
Thanks to all the SAPA who do a great job in representing the Scottish Community in Argentina.
Congratulations to the A & B Grade Winners of the SPA Juvenile Competion held at the College of Piping last weekend the 8th Oct 2011
B Grade Winners (pictured above)
Piobaireachd – 1.E Iannetta-MacKay 2.Donald Stewart 3.Lewis Russell 4.Fraser Anderson
March – 1.Alastair Hutcheon 2.E Iannetta-MacKay, Fraser MacKinnon 4.Steven McNair
S&R – 1.Fraser MacKinnon 2.Steven McNair 3.E Ianette-MacKay 4.Harris MacLennan
Most Promising Piper in the B Grade – Kyle Shead not in the prize list
B Grade Overall: Eireann Iannetta-MacKay
A Grade Winners (pictured above)
Piobaireachd – 1.Caitlin MacDonald 2.Ross MacKay 3. Mathew Anderson 4.Iain Crawford
March – 1.Ross MacKay 2.Ross Miller 3.Iain Crawford 4.Caitlin MacDonald
S&R – 1.Iain Crawford 2.Andrew Brodlie 3.Ross MacKay 4.Mathew Anderson
Jig – 1.Andrew Clark 2.Fraser Hogg 3.Iain Crawford 4.Caitlin MacDonald
A Grade Overall Winner Ross MacKay
A Grade Overall Under 15 Winner Andrew Brodlie
Congratulations to all these young pipers
All three are pipers and play with their local band.
Scott Figgins and Dillon Brown both play with Irvine & District Pipe Band
Duncan Clarke plays with Mid Argyll Pipe Band
Many thanks to the lads who done a great job all week from us all at McCallum Bagpipes
McCallum Bagpipes latest Roadshow will be in the North East of England on Friday 18th November, 2011 at 8pm.
The venue for the roadshow is the Dubmire Royal British Legion Club, Britania Terrace Fence Houses, Houghton Le Spring DH4 6LJ.
The show will feature Rory Grossart, Steven Leask, Stuart McCallum, Willie McCallum and Kenny MacLeod. MC for the event is Allan Hamilton.
Tickets £7.00 (including supper) available from Kevin Reilly Telephone 0191 512 0650 or 07931322114 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively contact members of the Houghton Le Spring Pipe Band.
All proceeds go to RSPBA North East Branch and Sunningdale School for children with profound handicaps and complex medical needs.
All expenses are covered by McCallum Bagpipes Ltd.
This year’s Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd was won by Iain Speirs of Edinburgh. This is the most prestigious event at the Gathering as it is restricted to former winners of the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal. Iain’s winning tune was ‘Port Urlar’.
Iain was taught originally by Jack D. Crichton and by his grandfather, Jock Speirs, Pipe Major in the London Scottish and of the Johnnie Walkers Pipe Band and his father Tom Speirs, Inverness Gold Medal (1980) and Clasp winner (1983). He is currently taught by Donald MacPherson.
Winning this event guarantees the winner a place at the Glenfiddich Championship in October but Iain had already qualified by virtue of winning the overall championship at London last November.
Iain has been a long time player of McCallum chanters and we wish him all the best for the Glenfiddich this year.
Photo is courtesy of Derek Maxwell