Scots Wha Hae

This used to be considered Scotland’s national anthem; now several songs are in contention for that honour. It is the first tune that many people learning the bagpipes play, as it features in the College of Piping Tutor Book 1. Robert Burns called this stirring song ‘Robert Bruce’s March to Bannockburn’, using the ancient tune ‘Hey Tutti Taitie’. He imagined… Read more →

Join in the ‘Battle’s O’er’

As published by the College of Piping in the July 2017 edition: Pipers are being asked to take part in a unique and simple way to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. The College of Piping is assisting Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, founder and pageantmaster with ‘Battle’s O’er – A Nation’s Tribute’. This will be a… Read more →

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – blink and you miss us!

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Arthur’s uncle, Vortigern (Jude Law), seizes… Read more →

Four trains, four generations, four pipers

Further details about the once in a lifetime event taking place on Yorkshire’s railways later this month have been confirmed, with the historic occasion to begin at 06.00 on Sunday 23 April near the North Yorkshire village of Tollerton. With the eyes of the world watching, four trains spanning four generations will travel side by side, in the same direction, to… Read more →

V.I.P Launch – D.M. Keith York

D.M. Keith York spared no expense with the £2.5 million redevelopment of their flagship ŠKODA & SEAT showrooms in York. To celebrate the launch Dougal Keith Managing Director invited members of the public to join him and senior management from ŠKODA & SEAT UK, for a spectacular evening of entertainment, food, prizes, a special unveiling and a fireworks finale. City of Leeds Pipe Band… Read more →

Fireworks of a different kind!

The dawn of 6th November 1605 saw stability restored following the exposure of those who plotted to assassinate King James I of England (King James VI of Scotland) and leading members of the Privy Council at the State Opening of Parliament the day before. Yet the evening of 6th November 2015 witnessed a far happier occasion on which Sassenachs and… Read more →

English pipe band provides the inspiration as Rugby World Cup bagpipe ban is partially lifted

We made the news in Scotland following our support of the national rugby team at the first group game against Japan in Gloucester. The piece written by Martin Williams in the Herald. This was published online in 23rd September.   AN English pipe band helped inspire Scotland to a rampant victory over Japan in the wake of a partial lifting… Read more →