078: SPA Veterans Competition 2019

the Annual Veterans Competition was held at National Piping Centre, Otago Street Kelvinbridge Glasgow on Friday 6 September 2019.  This is open to Members of the SPA who have attained the age of either 60 or 65 depending on who you are asking for that information.   Sometimes 10 or so compete and on this occasion … Read more

Alex Connell

May I add to the sentiments of all of you who feel a gap in their lives with the passing of Alex Connell.  May I pass my condolences to Molly and Family for their loss. I first met Alex way back in 1965 when I joined the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band.  Alex was … Read more

Various Comments from early 2016

Hi Allan: Was just listening to David Murray’s interview. Fantastic all of this work you’ve done! I know you had been trying to fit me in at some point and unfortunately I was seriously under the weather when Willie McCallum was over last summer. However, I’m playing with Inveraray this summer and will be over … Read more

Donation from Australia

Pipers’Persuasion wishes to thanks Donald Grant of Victoria for his assistance with our project. This is gratefully received as it allows and encourages us to continue our travels to interview the ‘greats’ in the piping world. We are actively seeking to interview another half dozen famous people in the next few months after we get … Read more

Jim Banks PM Scots Guards ret

Episode 53 – Pipers’Persuasion travelled through to Markinch in Fife to interview Jim Banks, former PM Scots Guards and Household Piper To HM the Queen.  Jim travelledthroughout the world with the Scots Guards and has great memories but takes time to advise on piping matters and music. A Worthy addition to our collection.

Video Presentation to Piobaireachd Society

Episode 52 – Opinions on the Development of Piobaireachd – on March 22, 2014, Allan Hamilton of Pipers’Persuasion attended the Annual Conference of the Piobaireachd Society and to a large audience of members displayed a video collage of famous interviewees encapsulating some of their views on the expression of piobaireachd and its general direction.   This … Read more

Angus J MacLellan

Pipers’ Persuasion wishes to pass our condolences to the family of Angus who recently passed after a long illness.  He lived for piping and that showed in his interview. He was always happy to pass on his knowledge to others and had a fund of stories for the listener. Suffice to say that his life … Read more

Ken Eller

Episode 50 brings Ken Eller to us with lots of information and views on Canadian and Scottish Piping.

Ian Duncan

Episode 46 – Ian Duncan from a solid base of excellent tuition by household names in piping, developed the iconic Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. This was the band which created the standard for concert bands in the British Isles – it smashed boundaries in seeking to promote and entertain with ground breaking sets of music … Read more

Dugald B. MacNeill, B.Sc., F.R.S.C.

An Interview now posted with:- Episode 45 – Since his early youth in Argyll, Dugald B. MacNeill, held an interest in piping. His family moved to Glasgow allowing him to witness to birth of the College of Piping when it formed  in Pitt Street, Glasgow. In a fascinating account he leads us through the years … Read more

New Interview with David Murray posted

Pipers’ Persuasion   travelled some 800 miles to North Somerset where we were privileged  to speak to David Murray.  It was worth every mile with David giving a hearty interview full of stories, wit, intelligent comment  on a wide range of subjects. Robert Reid, Willie Ross, Piobaireachd Society, India  Japan and the Phantom Piper of … Read more