McCallum Bagpipes Newest Addition

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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Busiest Week of the Year

 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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South American Piping Association

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.

SPA Juvenile Winners

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

McCallums Little Helpers

Scott, Dillon and Duncan were our friendly helpers last week in the factory.
These three fine lads worked in the inspection/assembly and dispatch departments.

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 Roadshow 18th November 2011

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:  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.


James Fowler Killie F.C.

James Fowler from Kilmarnock F.C. came in to see us at the Ayrshire Kilt Shop to collect his new Killie tartan outfit.

We presented him with his outfit in recognition of James’ Testimonial Year.

James has been at Killie since 1999.

Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd

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

McCallum Victorian Solo Piping Championships

The 8th Annual McCallum Victorian Solo Piping Championships was promoted by the Moorabbin City Pipe Band and held at the Essex Heights Primary School in the eastern suburbs of Melbourneon Sunday 11th September.

The day was successful with over 50 entries over 6 Grades of Light Music and 3 Grades of Piobaireachd. 

The McCallum Victorian Solo Championships also encompasses the Victorian Pipers Association Gold Medal for Piobaireachd which was won this year by David MacDonald of Melbourne.

Alasdair Thom, fromScotland, won the Silver Medal.

The overall A Grade Light Music was won by R J Houston and the overall B Grade Light Music by Christine Poulter.

The McCallum Prize Bagpipes are awarded each year to a supportive and up and coming young piper as an encouragement award.

All the pipes have been won by pipers over the eight years who have gone on to play at A or B  Grade level and also play in Grade 1 & 2 pipe bands, 3 of which have played at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 1 with bands such as Dowco Triumph Street, Peel Police and the Band Club.

This year the McCallum Prize Bagpipe was awarded to Ellen McAnulty (pictured below).

Full results and the Victorian Pipers Association can be found at

Ellen McAnulty

Double Silver Medal Win

Gordon Bruce, pictured below, became only the 3rd person in history to win the double silver medal at the Argyllshire Gathering (Oban) and Northern Meeting (Inverness).

Gordon is originally from Arbroath and now stays in Kilwinning.

He graduated in 2007 with a 1st Class Honours Degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s BA Scottish Music – Piping Degree, becoming the first piper to graduate from the Piping Degree with 1st class Honours.

Gordon is the Bagpipe instructor at West Lothian Council, and PM of the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band, who have now begun to compete this year, Gordon having built the band up from scratch.

Previous bands Gordon played with are:- Arbroath RBL, Gordon Walker’s 52nd Lowland Regiment and Scottish Power.

Gordon currently receives tuition from Anne Johnston. Anne is a previous winner of the Silver Medal at the Northern Meeting, and just to complete the family picture, Ann’s son Finlay is also a previous winner of the same medal.

The tunes played by Gordon this year were ‘The Gen is Mine’ (Oban) and ‘The Battle of Auldearn (No1 Setting)’  (Inverness).

 As well as winning both Silver medals also achieved the overall for the B grade events at the Northern Meeting.

Gordon won all these events playing a McCallum Solo Chanter (McC²) which he has used for a number of years.

 We wish Gordon all the best for the Gold Medal competitions next year, although he will be a very busy man as he gets married next summer.

gordon bruce silver medal

gordon bruce silver medal

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