Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Drummers settings

Attention Drummers: click the links and access YouTube videos of CPB drum beats:

Shoals of Herring
Bloody Fields of Flanders
Dream Valley of Glendaruel
Castle Dangerous
Argyll's crossing the River Po

Shoals of Herring set
Massed bands set

Loch Ruan
Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie
Murdo's Wedding

Loch Ruan set

Spin the Golden Chanter

The annual 'Golden Chanter' competition between Pipe Major's takes place on 11th February at Danderhall Miners Club.

This years event looks to be a belter with eight excellent Pipe Major's participating; watch our for Angus MacColl (Oban Pipe Band) and Gordon Walker (Mauchline Pipe Band) both gold medal winning pipers and leaders of up and coming bands.

A really great day, and cheap beer!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Battle of Skaithmuir

Next month is the anniversary of the Battle of Skaithmuir, February 1316. Fought during the wars of independence, the battle involved the interception of an Anglo-French squadron from Berwick Castle by a patrol of Scots cavalry led by Sir James Douglas (the Good Sir James or the Black Douglas depending on your point of view).

Reckoned by Douglas to be the hardest fight he ever had, and he was a good judge, the outnumbered Scots defeated the raiders and put them to flight.

Perhaps something for the 1513 Club to mull over.

HNY 2012

A belated Happy New Year to all for 2012: we hope it's a good one for you and yours.

Some news to warm the cockles on a cold, wintery day: we're off to la belle France in August.

Message from Elspeth: the Pipe Band have been invited to Theirache in September this year to help the Orchestra Harmonie Municipal et Orignay, celebrate their 120th anniversary. The pipe Band extend this invitation to you as friends of the Pipe Band. We will leave by bus on Thursday 30th August (evening) and return on Thursday 6th September (early afternoon). The cost will be approximately £90 per person. It is a lovely area of France very near the Belgian border. Renee Lecler has emailed asking for names and numbers so if you could let me know yes or no by Friday, that would be excellent. The Band do hope as many of you as possible will join us.

Emails sent to the blog will be forwarded to Elspeth.

This month also sees the start of the 2012 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Highlights include the annual Gordon Duncan memorial recital and a concert from Lothian & Borders Police and the Spirit of Scotland pipe bands.

Practice nights have resumed, Monday's - school hall - 7.30