Aboyne on Piobaireachd

Episode 51 – Pipers Persuasion travelled to Aboyne where Dr Jack Taylor, Norman Mathieson and Duncan Watson discussed Brown and Nicol and Piobaireachd in the North East of Scotland. These three knowledgeable men discuss the tradition and how it was passed to us today. Yet another facet in the wonderful world of piping. 1. Introduction … Read more

Episode 43 Online

  In North Somerset, Pipers’ Persuasion, was hosted by David Murray who regaled us with countless dates, tune titles and opinions on how they must be played. We ranged over the WW2 battle grounds and met many characters of lore. Settle down with your favourite dram and listen to a rare authority. As we say; … Read more

Episode 42 Online

Every Interview is different in its content and complexion and here we have an outstanding one with Captain (ret’d) Stuart Samson MBE where he discusses the ever popular Military Tattoo. We at Pipers’ Persuasion are also delighted that we have Stuart playing and demonstrating how tunes could be played and the difference in styles as … Read more

Episode 40 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion have re-interviewed Walter Cowan at his home at Annan where with better light and equipment we were able to reflect his life in piping. He has had impeccable influences which reflects his knowledge and experience in being accepted as decades-long Senior Piping Adjudicator. Walter has had great influence over piping in the Borders … Read more

Episode 39 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion returns to McCallum Bagpipes to interview the owner, Kenny MacLeod who is part of a well-known piping family which in the past formed the backbone of the world-renowned Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band. Kenny also has a firm handle on the solo-piping scene with notable success in the multi discipline piping competitions in … Read more

Episode 38 Online

New Zealand has come to Pipers’ Persuasion in the form of Pipe Major Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM. Bruce became pipe major in the Queen’s Own Highlanders before promotion to WO1 Pipe Major, the Senior Pipe Major, British Army and Chief Instructor at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming at Redford Barracks. After … Read more

Episode 37 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to Fife to interview Brian Donaldson at his factory, ‘Inveran Bagpipe Makers’.  From an early age he was taught by his father and then Bob Shepherd MBE at the Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band. Brian joined the Scots Guards and progressed to Pipe Major, 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Throughout, he has won most if … Read more

Episode 36 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion was invited to the home of Andrew Wright in Dunblane. There this renowned double gold medallist gave us his views on Piobaireachd, pipe bands, teaching and adjudicating. He has developed from the sound foundation of Peter MacLeod, Donald Macleod and Robert Nicol and his further studies and revisions of Piobaireachd are well known and … Read more

Episode 35 Online

Currently Bob Worrall is enjoying the freedom of retirement by travelling round the world, judging, lecturing and teaching. Pipers’ Persuasion caught him at last when he came over to adjudicate at Blair Castle this year. There are fruits of decades spent in the hard work of learning, competing and performing. He is the well-known face of … Read more

Episode 34 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to Pitlochry for the Glenfiddich Piping Championship and met with Balvenie Medal winner and this years’ Bean an Tighe, Rhona Lightfoot. Singer, piper, storyteller and teacher – one of Gaeldom’s great characters is how Scottish Traditional Music describes Rhona. Her wit and humour permeate this interview which we hope brings out some of … Read more

Episode 33 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion has been fortunate in securing an interview with Fred Morrison, whose approach is firmly rooted in the musical tradition of the Hebridean islands of Scotland. However, he constantly pushes the boundaries, creating a fresh new sound that is forever evolving. Fred began taking lessons from his father at the age of nine. His … Read more

Episode 32 Online

Roddy MacLeod MBE is widely accomplished in piping and associated matters. As a soloist, he won his first Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1986, then the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal in 1988.  As you will hear Roddy has won many prizes with a record number of repeated successes which has built his stature in … Read more