I’ve taken a bit of time to write this as there was a lot to ruminate on. The European Championships are the only awayday overnight event we have as a band this year and historically it’s been messy. Continue reading Championnat d’Europe 2017
Helensburgh Highland Games caused a lot of hilarity this year by simply moving to another park. Pipey announced it wasn’t in Hermitage Park but had moved to Eastend Park. Continue reading A Different Park
Sunday the 14th was forecast for proper Gourock Highland games weather and as such Pipey had made contingency plans and we’d be sharing a gaff with the boys n girls of Lower Clyde. However as I shambled toward the bus in kilt and dark glasses it was hard to miss the head splitting brightness and the racket the birds were making. Continue reading Gourock again
Use this handy Dummies guide to organise, enjoy and remember your day out at the grand daddy of all highland gatherings; Cowal Games. I’ve found the best way to survive a KPB visit to Cowal is to book myself into the Hilton in Aberdeen and watch from a distance. Continue reading Cowal Games for Dummies
The Worlds is upon us and Pipey wants us at Glasgow Green for 8am as we’re on early. I decide to drive as the Worlds is a local competition. Our trip to France has opened my eyes as to how much fundraising bands need to do to be here, but here they are and all ready to do battle.
Continue reading World Championships 2016
The bus was leaving at 8:30am. Mikey was first there and decided he had time to pop into Bobbins, our favourite breakfast roll shop, for a bacon roll but by the time he got out the clock had passed the half hour and he was fined for lateness. Pipey is getting quite militant in his old age. Continue reading Scottish Championships Blues
We have history at Paisley and I was reminded of it 2 minutes after our Grade 4 run but I’m getting ahead of myself. Continue reading Nervous in Paisley.
Saturday was the European Championships, can you still say ‘European?’ This was again held in Grant Park, Forres, Inverness Shire so the bus was leaving at 6:30pm on Friday night with a view to arriving just before closing time. Continue reading What’s Forres Won’t Go By Us
I don’t normally play at the AD&G Indoors, regular readers will be familiar with the variety and complexity of the lame excuses I have employed over the years. My season usually starts in July. Continue reading Sanquhar, firsts and thirds
The holiday season is well and truly over, instruments have been looked out and dusted down and sheet music fished out from under the sofa and ironed. At a local Burns Supper there was concern the Pipey wouldn’t be available to pipe in the haggis due to the heavy snow of storm Frank. Continue reading Back in the Saddle