Usually, when I write about the Isle of Colonsay, it is in connection with the Clan Macfie. This, of course reflects my family’s links to the clan and the island. It should be noted, however, that the Macfies gradually left Colonsay during the 17th century, after which they became part of the ubiquitous worldwide . . . → Read More: Andrew MacNeill of Colonsay
Yesterday this fun and compact festival celebrated its 25th anniversary, and my band (the Wasatch and District Pipe Band) was there to help celebrate by winning the Grade 3 Timed Medley.
The Payson Games is always a really good day. The games are held in the city’s little park, which is old. This means that . . . → Read More: Payson Scottish Festival
For reasons too numerous to mention I have not posted for nearly two months. I didn’t really notice the time passing (which is either good or bad), so now I ought to rectify the situation.
It seemed reasonable (after such a long break) to start back by referencing my previous two posts, and I can do . . . → Read More: I’m back…and I choose a tune from my previous two posts!
In 1615 James Macdonald of Islay, beginning what was to be the final chapter in the Macdonalds’ struggle against the rule of England and Scottish surrogate rulers, escaped from Edinburgh castle to fight one last time with the clans against the crown.
Among the clans he gathered to his cause were the Macfies of Colonsay under their . . . → Read More: A bittersweet piobaireachd
Well, I guess it’s a stretch, but I had this literary device hanging over me, so I decided to use part of it right away.
Two weeks ago the Midwest Highland Arts Fund held their Annual Winter Storm Weekend, an indoor piping and drumming competition. The competition draws top pipers from across North America and even . . . → Read More: Something Blue? Winter Storm Piobaireachd.
The Bob Dunsire Forums are a mine of interesting information, beyond being a simple meeting place for pipers and drummers.
I recently started a discussion thread at the forums asking for more information about “The Lost Pibroch”, the story I wrote about last month. That thread has been the scene of some interesting discussion and today . . . → Read More: Lost – several pibrochs. If found, please return to the present.