The last clap for the NHS was the last wheeze of the strictly strict social distancing and isolating before the country moved into the next phase of lockdown which permitted some shops to open, drummers to meet up for a practice in the Public Park and myself, James the Hat and the Medic to meet for a beer in Habbies beer garden.Continue reading Look what you could’ve won
We had known for a long while that our biggest parade of the season was cancelled but there was a determination within the village that we had to mark the day, in a safe manner while being alert and distancing socially.Continue reading Lilias Madness
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