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

Episode 31 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion was fortunate in securing time from Erwan Roparz when he flew in to Scotland on a brief visit to Kilmarnock and Edinburgh. Erwan and his father before him were the backbone of a movement in Brittany to improve piping in the Bagads. Erwan was Pipe Major of the Bagad Kemper for many years. He also … Read more

Jim Hutton

It is with great regret that we learned of the passing of Jim Hutton at the end of June. Jim was in fine form when he was interviewed in his Grangemouth home in the spring, when he was delighted to share his experiences in pipe band drumming. Sadly, Jim passed away after a period of illness. Jim received a worthy fairwell … Read more

Episode 29 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion travelled to the house of Richard Parkes MBE and he was interviewed to complete our visit to Ireland. Richard is synonymous with Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band who took over the mantle from Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and have probably been the most successful competing pipe band over the last two decades. Here in a great … Read more

Episode 28 Online

We continued our journey with Pipers’ Persuasion to Dungannon and met with Sean Faloon who took us back into the history of pipe bands in Ulster – from the original ‘road bands’ to the prize winners of today. A long hard road populated by guys on a mission to improve bands and solo playing in Ireland. … Read more

Episode 27 Online

Jim Warnock is in his nineties and still full of energy as his voice recalls the groundbreaking achievements of his family in moulded chanters, plastic reeds and other reeds. Her has produced many popular products over the decades. Pipers’ Persuasion visited Jim at his home and factory in Ireland to get the story.

Episode 26 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion visited Terry Tully at his house near to Dublin at the start of our mini Ireland tour. Terry has spent all his life steeped in the music of Ireland and listened and learnt from grandfather and parents. This music was expressed on various instruments but predominantly the Highland Bagpipe. He has performed for many years … Read more

Episode 25 Online

On the 10 October, 2002 Bob Shepherd was invested at Buckingham Palace with the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to Piping and Teaching. Bob speaks fondly of his introductions to the Royal Family when they were in Fife and approached his band.  Bob became famous world wide for his informative seminars on … Read more

Episode 24 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion visited Blackburn in West Lothian, where we were cordially welcomed by Gavin Stoddart MBE BEM, erstwhile Major in the British Army. Gavin’s warm conversational style took us through his glittering piping career both in solos and in the difficult direction of piping in the army from Scots Guards, Royal Highland Fusiliers and the … Read more

Rose Fletcher

All the guys from Pipers’ Persuasion join with the rest of you out there in expressing our sorrow at the passing of Rose Fletcher last weekend, 27 March, 2011. I’ve known Rose since I was 13 years when I met her at Cowal, in 1956. She was an institution even then having displayed her single mindedness … Read more

Episode 23 Online Rbt Wallace;1st interview

Pipers’ Persuasion called into The College of Piping to see the Principal, Robert Wallace who informs us of his early days with the famous 214th Glasgow Boys’ Brigade Pipe Band. He then moved up to the Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band where Bob Hardie the Pipe Major displayed his great knowledge and music and also introduced … Read more

Episode 21 Online

Pipers’ Persuasion went to Glasgow, where we were fortunate to catch Iain MacFadyen at his son’s home for this interview. He is still energetically judging in all corners of Scotland where his radiant personality enriches any gathering.  His down-to-earth manner makes for easy comprehension as he touches on his wide experiences in the world of … Read more