Jim Banks PM Scots Guards ret

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 travelled throughout the world with the Scots Guards and has great memories.  He also takes time to advise on piping matters and music. A Worthy addition to our collection. […]

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Opinions on the Development of Piobaireachd

Opinions on the Development of Piobaireachd

Episode 52 – 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 is not a definitive expression of […]

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Aboyne on Piobaireachd

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 […]

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Ken Eller

Ken Eller

Episode 50 – Well-known Canadian mathematician, eh and Piper, Ken Eller was across in one of his frequent visits to Scotland where he was busy over the period of August, judging everywhere. Ken is a talker and teacher and contributes many of his thoughts here on the state of Piping in Canada and Scotland. Another […]

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James Beaton

James Beaton

Episode 49 – Pipers’ Persuasion while working with Ken Eller in the National Piping Centre took the opportunity to interview James Beaton, President of the Glasgow Highland Club on the subject and his duties as Librarian at the National Piping Centre 1. Glasgow Highland Club; Piping 2. Glasgow Highland Club; activities 3. Libarian, National Piping […]

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Piping Live 2013 – musical snapshots.

Piping Live 2013 – musical snapshots.

Episode 48 – Pipers’ Persuasion visited some locations during the Piping Live week and recorded some piping by the younger pipers on today’s scene as opposed to our normal policy of presenting views and history from the senior pipers. This is temporary! Don’t be concerned!  It’s just a refreshing dip into the current state of piping.   […]

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Captain John A. Maclellan MBE (1921 – 1991)

Captain John A. Maclellan MBE (1921 – 1991)

Episode 47 – There is a second Interview by Pipers’ Persuasion of Colin Maclellan where we concentrate on the life of his father Capt. John Maclellan inter alia Director of Piping Studies at the Army School of Piping at Edinburgh Castle. What really strikes one is the amount and volume of accurate record keeping of […]

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Ian Duncan

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 […]

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

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

  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 and premises to the […]

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Allan MacDonald

Allan MacDonald

Episode 44 – Allan Macdonald was raised in the isolated Gaelic- speaking community of Glenuig, he started piping when he was nine and went on to pursue a competitive career which included winning the Inverness Clasp on two occasions. He set out to explore the extent to which modern styles of piobaireachd playing differ from […]

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Allan MacDonald; Comment

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David Murray

David Murray

Episode 43 – 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 […]

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Captain (ret’d) Stuart Samson MBE

Captain (ret’d) Stuart Samson MBE

Episode 42 – Pipers’ Persuasion spoke to Stuart  at his home just outside Glasgow where he demonstrated competition playing styles and his own tunes on the chanter. Also the various Highland Regiments and how they interacted with each other.  Popular Tattoos and how they are organised is also here for you. A long interesting interview […]

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SPSL Annual Competition 2012

SPSL Annual Competition 2012

Episode 41 – Pipers’Persuasion travelled to London, the Kensington Conference Centre to take in the scene at the Annual Competition of the Scottish Piping Society of London. There we enjoyed the hussle of many simultaneous competitions which prevented accurate coverage but allowed a sample taste on the day where there was an interest in how […]

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Walter Cowan

Walter Cowan

Episode 40 – Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to Annan where Walter explained his piping origins and experience which led him into prizes then many years as a Senior Solo Piping Adjucator. 2. Early Influences 3.Territorial Army 4. Argyllshire Gathering 5.Judging 6.Bags and Personalities 7. More Judging Tags: Willie McCallum; Hugh McCallum; Ian MacLellan;

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Kenny MacLeod

Kenny MacLeod

Episode 39 – We begin with the family and Clan MacRae PB and talk about bands, bagpipe manufacture and also Kenny’s sojourns abroad in piping and with McCallum Bagpipes.  An interesting dip into contemporary piping and its current state. 1. Introduction   2. Family and Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band   3. Family and Glasgow […]

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Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM

Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM

Episode 38 – Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to Edinburgh Castle to see three locations in the Castle where the Army School of Piping had been situated from the time of Willie Ross and onwards. Thereafter we went to Redford Barracks where most of the interview was conducted, but there are very interesting shots with commentary from […]

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Brian Donaldson

Brian Donaldson

Episode 37 – Brian Donaldson served his bagpipe making apprenticeship with Jimmy Tweedie and now uses the same machinery after his time serving the colours. His views are always interesting whether on the highland bagpipe or wearing a kilt in the Army – time flies when you’re with Brian.  1. Introduction 2. Early Learning and Fife […]

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Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Episode 36 – Andrew Wright in his long piping career has been crucially involved in the Competing Pipers’ Association, The Piobaireachd Society and the Joint Committee on judging. He also had pipe band experience and has taught piping for many years. We know that you will find his views informative. 1. Introduction 2. Background 3. Tutors […]

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Bob Worrall

Bob Worrall

Episode 35 – Bob Worrall is a high achiever in both North America and Scotland and won many titles during the 70’s. Here he gives strong views on preparation and presentation and an adjudicator’s mind on competing. His former post as a teacher shines through the interview. 1. Introduction 2. John Wilson of Ontario and Other Teachers 3. […]

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Rhona Lightfoot

Rhona Lightfoot

Episode 34 – Rhona Lightfoot was born into a ceilidh house – constant piping, song and stories and visitors. Everyone took part and so Rhona naturally fell in with the flow of learning the arts around her and with great ease it seems. Her tale here echoes with nostalgia for the real hands-on entertainment of these days. […]

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Fred Morrison

Fred Morrison

Episode 33 – The immense technical expertise required to compete in such events was to provide the foundation to allow Fred to experiment musically and he began to develop his own sound. Fred was soon playing support, solo, to Capercaillie and Runrig – two of Scotland’s best known bands. Before long, he was touring celtic […]

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Roddy MacLeod MBE

Roddy MacLeod MBE

Episode 32 – Roddy was a pupil of Duncan Johnstone.  He played with the Red Hackle and British Caledonian Airways Pipe Bands, the last of which became the ScottishPower Pipe Band. In 1995, Roddy became its Pipe Major and, over the next decade, led it to over 45 Grade 1 Championship prizes. In 2003, he was made […]

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Erwan Roparz

Erwan Roparz

Episode 31 – Erwan Roparz first heard the Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band in the ‘60s and his imagination was immediately sparked into ‘I want to do that!’ He did indeed do that and more. He learned the bagpipes and quite few other instruments in Scotland and Ireland and in this great interview speaks of the […]

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Richard Parkes MBE

Richard Parkes MBE

Episode 29 – Richard Parkes MBE set down foundations to success in the 70s. He then won many solo prizes before settling into the serious business of leading Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band to continued major prizes over the decades. Another man with the stamina for the long marathon. Here’s how he does it. 1. Introduction […]

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Sean Faloon

Sean Faloon

Episode 28 – Sean Faloon and his family have been piping for generations in Ireland, all the while keeping with the music. He was the first Pipe Major to win in 1st grade in Scotland in the early 70s. Also his family organised a well-known piping competition in the Fort Bar in Dungannon otherwise known […]

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Jim Warnock

Jim Warnock

Episode 27 – Jim started life as a farmer but left the milking to others as he gradually delved into the difficult art of reedmaking. Later he developed an injection moulded chanter and plastic practice chanter reeds. Here is the family history from his point of view. 1. Introduction 2. Early Days in Ulster 3. Reed […]

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Terry Tully

Terry Tully

Episode 26 – Terry Tully’s adult years have been with the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band. He has brought them up through the grades and they remain undefeated in the south of Ireland since 1984. They are now world champions. He has a wonderful knowledge of the native music and is a prolific composer with 4 […]

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Bob Shepherd MBE

Bob Shepherd MBE

Episode 25 – Bob Shepherd MBE took his first piping lesson as a 10-year old member of Lochore Juvenile Pipe Band under Pipe Major Hugh MacPherson. At the age of 14, he joined the Dundonald Colliery Pipe Band (later became Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band) and took solo instruction from Walter Drysdale. Later, Bob became famous […]

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Gavin Stoddart MBE BEM

Gavin Stoddart MBE BEM

Episode 24 – Gavin Stoddart MBE BEM has had the perfect pedigree as Major to form the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming under his command. From early tuition from his father and John MacLellan in the constant shadow of Edinburgh Castle his future was shaped. He diligently applied his talent and hard work […]

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Robert Wallace

Robert Wallace

Episode 23 – Robert Wallace just happened to be living in the right place the west end of Glasgow to be pitched into the melting pot of the 214th Glasgow Boys’ Brigade Pipe Band where he was strictly schooled in the exacting rudiments before going on to be honed by Bob Hardie of Muirhead & Sons […]

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Iain MacFadyen

Iain MacFadyen

Episode 21 – Iain MacFadyen comes from a large piping family who are famous throughout the piping world. He has won most if not all the top awards including the Inverness Gold Medal when he was 18 years and the Oban Gold Medal the following year. He was invited to play at the Glenfiddich 16 years […]

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Hervé Le Floc’h

Hervé Le Floc’h

Episode 20 – Hervé Le Floc’h and his close colleagues in Brittany live for music. He is an excellent player with a solid background of learning from the greats in piping – through Breton and Highland. Hervé is at the top on Brittany with his Bagad Cap Caval which he has also lead as a pipe band […]

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Tom Speirs

Tom Speirs

Episode 18 –  Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to the east side of Edinburgh where we sat down with Tom Speirs, well-respected senior judge of solo-piping, to examine his piping roots which began with his father in Darvel, Ayrshire and has continued through Edinburgh to his two sons. He displays how hard work and application produced the fruits […]

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Colin MacLellan

Colin MacLellan

Episode 17 – Our first episode of 2011 took Pipers’ Persuasion to the home of Colin MacLellan. The son of Captain John MacLellan, Colin has led a life immersed in the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe from his formative years. What hasn’t Colin MacLellan done in piping? His accomplishments are perhaps too numerous to […]

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John Wilson

John Wilson

Episode 16 – We are joined for our sixteenth episode in the Pipers’ Persuasion series by John Wilson. John has led a very ‘full’ and one could argue ‘complete’ career in piping. A student of the great Donald MacLeod, John’s piping career progressed to numerous wins of the World Pipe Band Championships with Strathclyde Police Pipe […]

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Joe Noble

Joe Noble

Episode 15 – We met snare drummer Joe Noble in his home in Glasgow’s west end. Joe in his heyday was a successful leading drummer with the famous Renfrew Pipe Band (British Caledonian Airways Renfrew and Babcock Renfrew) and Toyota Pipe Band (Scots Heritage and City of Glasgow); and soloist, twice winning the World Solo […]

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Angus J MacLellan

Angus J MacLellan

Episode 14 – The reknowned piper and adjudicator Angus J MacLellan met Pipers’ Persuasion in his home in Glasgow to talk about his life in piping. Angus talks about his family ties, his introduction to the bagpipes and early instruction, pipe bands, solo competition, teaching and judging. Angus’ experience in piping is vast and his recollections of […]

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Willie McCallum

Willie McCallum

Episode 13 – Willie McCallum is instantly recognised in the piping fraternity as one of the most successful soloists ever to have graced the solo piping competition scene. A native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping and several times over. Pipers’ Persuasion met up with Willie at McCallum Bagpipes in […]

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Mike Cusack

Mike Cusack

Episode 11 – Mike Cusack from Houston, Texas met up with Pipers’ Persuasion during a month long visit to Scotland in with his teachers and students from St Thomas’ Episcopal School in August, 2010. One of the most decorated pipers ever to emerged from North America, Mike has enjoyed success upon success, winning both Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting […]

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Bruce Gandy

Bruce Gandy

Episode 10 – Pipers’ Persuasion met up with double Gold Medallist and composer Bruce Gandy during a busy week in Glasgow before the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships. Bruce has had a long and successful career in piping, with notable milestones including being a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band when they became the first overseas band […]

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Brett Tidswell

Brett Tidswell

Episode 9 – Our first overseas guest on Pipers’ Persuasion is Brett Tidswell from Adelaide in Australia. Brett is the Pipe Major of the City of Adelaide Pipe Band from Southern Australia and a successful soloist, as well as being a keen researcher on all aspects connected with piping and author of The Complete Pipers […]

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Jim Kilpatrick MBE

Jim Kilpatrick MBE

Episode 8 – Leading drummer Jim Kilpatrick MBE of The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band met up with the Pipers’ Persuasion team the Monday before the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships at the College of Piping. Jim talks about his own development as a drummer growing up and his experiences as a […]

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Robert Mathieson

Robert Mathieson

Episode 7 – Robert Mathieson took time out to meet Pipers’ Persuasion at the College of Piping in Glasgow during the launch day of The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band‘s centenary exhibition, held there on 9 August, 2010. The timing of this interview couldn’t have been better, with Robert stunning the pipe band world just a few days […]

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Bill McAllister

Bill McAllister

Episode 6 – We caught up with Bill McAllister, who talked us through his recollection of the history of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band which he shared intimately with the rest of the world famous McAllister piping family. A look at one of the foremost pipe bands in history is a must stop. Bill also discusses the McAllister […]

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James Wark

James Wark

Episode 5 – James Wark welcomed the Pipers’ Persuasion team to his home in Glasgow for our fifth episode. James started his piping with Kinning Park Pipe Band in Glasgow, before joining Strathclyde Police Pipe Band where he served as one of Ian McLellan BEM‘s Pipe Sergeants and laterally as Pipe Major. Upon his retirement […]

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William Morrison

William Morrison

Episode 4 – We meet the renowned piper and solo piping adjudicator William Morrison. Willie is from the Uists and speaks about his early tuition and influences and then goes on to discuss his competition days and prizes. From that point we discuss judging. There are interesting segments on playing of MSRs and reed making. An engaging conversation […]

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Rose Fletcher

Rose Fletcher

Episode 3 – In the third interview of our series, Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to the Manchester area to see England’s godmother of piping, Rose Fletcher. Now in her mid-90s, Rose has dedicated her life towards promoting the art of piping in the north west of England, developing little or no interest in the music in that part of […]

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Angus Lawrie

Angus Lawrie

Episode 2 – Being a piper, Pipe Major, instructor, composer and pipe bag maker, there’s not a lot that Angus Lawrie doesn’t know about bagpipes, piping and pipe bands. In our second episode filmed at Angus’ home in Doonfoot, Angus talks about his childhood, joining the police and the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band, his cousin […]

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Ian McLellan BEM

Ian McLellan BEM

Episode 1 – The premier instalment in our series of Pipers’ Persuasion interviews features Ian McLellan BEM, former Pipe Major of the world championship winning City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band and Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and a respected pipe band and solo piping adjudicator. Allan joined Ian in his Bearsden home on the outskirts of Glasgow, […]

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