Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal

At the Argyllshire Gathering, on 24th August, 2011, the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal was won by Callum Beaumont, from Bo’ness, playing the tune ‘Keppoch’s March’. He becomes the latest piper to be added to the illustrious list of players to have won this award dating back to 1873. 

Callum was originally taught by Bert Smith and Tom Speirs and currently takes tuition from Willie McCallum. Callum is an instructor at the National Piping Centre and plays with Inveraray and District Pipe Band. He has previously won the World Pipe Band Championship with Shotts and Dykehead and Simon Fraser University Pipe Bands.

Callum is the latest in a number of prominent pipers who have recently won major prizes playing McCallum products. In Callum’s case, he plays a silver mounted set of McCallums and McC² solo chanter. Our hearty congratulations go to Callum and wish him every success in the future.

The picture below shows a happy Callum displaying his Gold Medal and McCallum Bagpipes.

Callum Beaumont Gold Medal

Callum Beaumont Gold Medal

 

 

Northern Meeting Gold Medal

At the Northern Meeting, on 1st September 2011, the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal was won by Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, playing the tune Tulloch Ard (the MacKenzie’s Gathering). In doing so,  he becomes the latest piper to have the distinction of becoming a double Gold medallist. Niall is the latest in a number of prominent pipers who have recently won major prizes playing McCallum products, in this case the McC² solo chanter. Our hearty congratulations go to Niall.

Niall is originally from Alness where he was taught by the legendary Pipe Major John D Burgess. Now living in Kyle, he receives lessons from Iain MacFadyen. Currently Niall is the Schools Piping Instructor for South Skye and Lochalsh. He won the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2008.

The picture below shows a happy Niall displaying his Gold Medal.

Niall Stewart Gold Medal

Niall Stewart Gold Medal

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New Black Acetyl Range

Black Acetyl bagpipes by McCallum Bagpipes

McCallum Bagpipes has added a new range of black Acetyl bagpipes to our selection of products. Highly durable and capable of withstanding exposure to extreme hot and cold temperatures, the black Acetyl is a great choice of bagpipe for punishing parades and the demands of learner pipers. The range is backed up with a no quibble 10 year guarantee and are very attractively priced.

You can find out more about our black Acetyl bagpipe range in our new brochure available to view now.

McCallum Acetyl Bagpipes Video

This video is also available on the McCallum Bagpipes YouTube channel.

Brand New Website Unveiled

The brand new McCallum Bagpipes website

McCallum Bagpipes is delighted to announce the launch our brand new website, which went online on Wednesday 22nd June, 2011.

The new design by Scott Currie Web Design coincides with the release of our updated product range. The website is now more interactive than ever and features our stunning new digital brochure by DesignFolk, as well as new high definition video footage by Paul Russell embedded throughout for you to enjoy. Visitors will have the opportunity to see more, hear more and learn more about McCallum Bagpipes than ever before.

To accompany the new website, McCallum Bagpipes has expanded into social media, with new Facebook and Twitter accounts in addition to our new YouTube channel for you to follow.

Make sure to subscribe to our new RSS feed and social media for instant notifications of news updates from the McCallum Bagpipes factory showroom.

Business Excellence Award for McCallum Bagpipes

Kenny & Stuart of McCallum Bagpipes receive first prize at the Business Excellence Awards for Ayrshire

McCallum Bagpipes was recently awarded first place in the annual Business Excellence Awards for Ayrshire, beating a multinational company into second place. The award covered a range of organisations of all sizes, including industry and service providers.

At a dinner held at Ayr Racecourse, McCallum Bagpipes directors Kenny MacLeod and Stuart McCallum were presented with the award by TV personality Fred MacAulay and the current Miss Scotland.

Find Us on Facebook

McCallum Bagpipes has launched a new fan page on the social networking website Facebook.

Our page will feature all the regular news found on the website, as well as videos and pictures from events associated with McCallum Bagpipes. You will also be able to interact with us and comment on the media we post.

Next time you’re on Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ McCallum Bagpipes on Facebook.

Ghost Hunters International

Ghost Hunters International at McCallum Bagpipes

McCallum Bagpipes had an unusual visit from a film crew making the latest episode of a hit US TV show on Friday 26th November, 2010.

Syfy’s Ghost Hunters International features a squad of paranormal investigators who use their principles of scientific techniques, to explore some of the most legendary haunted spots around the world. Each week the team travels to the far corners of the globe, searching for answers to bizarre supernatural mysteries.

The show was featuring Inveraray Jail and the producers also wanted to visit a factory where bagpipes are manufactured in Scotland. The show filmed the process of bagpipe making and interviews with Stuart McCallum.

Inveraray & District Pipe Band member Geordie Hunter (who works at McCallum Bagpipes) was filmed playing a tune on the Great Highland Bagpipes and Iain Todd was filmed playing smallpipes.

The show is set to be screened in the USA in February, 2011.

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