After washing the dishes, vacuuming, painting various rooms and general garden duties you have the rest of the day to yourself, what do you do? Learn a language, take up watercolour painting, snack, landscape the garden or humiliate yourself in a video. I chose the later.Continue reading #StayAtHome
This virtual pipe band is a strange thing, Skype lessons and Zoom practices, many higher grade bands have been trying this for years but it rarely wins prizes. My propensity to not practice has been brushed aside as I sit for hours working on anything but the competition tunes.
Unless you have been traveling interstellar you’ll have noticed that everything has come puttering to a halt, I know I’ve been working hard on excuses to not practice but I can assure you Covid19 is nothing to do with me.
With band activities moving from the practice phase to the practice like dafties phase and many and varied reasons for not attending practice presenting themselves I thought I’d digress.Continue reading practice makes excuses
2019 began with bagpipes, dancing and camaraderie and looks set to depart in a similar manner. There have been huge changes to the social fabric of the band with new characters arriving and some well loved friends departing. I’m told this is the way in the world of Pipe Bands, it’s transitory and people move between bands looking for something fresh.Continue reading Reflections on 2019
The autumn fancy dress ceilidh has drifted further towards the back of the year and morphed into the Christmas ceilidh. Dress kilts and posh frocks is just another form of fancy dress after all. Although the Unelected Social Committee are constantly beavering away at the fund raising this is a ‘Social’, dancing taking precedence over raffling.Continue reading Dancing in the Dark
30th of November marks the switch from autumn to winter and start of the Season of Lights. We as a band have traditionally stood or marched at these sparkly events dressed in festive black and scowling. This year is different. Pipey, still hallucinating from the Benylin™, has insisted we wear Christmas jumpers and smile.Continue reading Winters Traditions
Wow! Where did October go? I’ve decided to go for a truncated report on the tail end of the season and tie in a few of the other things that have been going on while I’ve been distracted and otherwise engaged.Continue reading Quality Man
After the Worlds we begin our overseas tour with a voyage to Bute, with points to prove. It was not a notably early departure but just late enough to miss the ferry and force us into local cafés for bacon rolls and strong coffee.Continue reading Rossie A’hoy
Friday of Worlds week used to be the Grade 1 qualifiers when bands from the Antipodes played twice then went home but this year there have been changes and all the bands will play four times over two days and all the results get tallied up. This means a lot of hard work for the Pipeys as they try to hone their sound and keep it. I, however, am in the house waiting for a furniture delivery and looking at the rain glad to not be out in it.Continue reading Where Worlds Collide