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
It’s been a long time coming and it only involved a very small number of players but it stopped me contemplating a story about the importance of hemp string or the history of brogues.Continue reading Finally, something happened
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
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.
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
Everyone should take a weeks holiday in their home town. It’s amazing the things you see when you aren’t rushing along head down with places to be. It’s a real eye opener to see Glasgow as a tourist; the splendid architecture and friendly people, the spectacle and drama a big city and the concerned folk talking to street sleepers. Even the Polis seemed friendly.Continue reading Live Piping in Glasgow
Due to ongoing ferry inefficiencies we’d decided to get to Ardrossan harbour early to avoid disappointment. The weather forecast was grim but hopefully clearing later so we had braced ourselves for a cruel crossing with a dispirited march at the other end then damp splashing through the park.Continue reading Wasperry Ripple
This report is concerned mainly with the Scottish Championships but before I get into that I’ll have a quick canter through another driech day; The Europeans in Inverness.
Last year was a mission to get a lift to Helensburgh so this year I took my car, I was in my guise as Band Photographer and whisky taster. It was the anniversary of me stupidly saying I owed Big Gordy a pint.Continue reading Helensburgh: Debt Free