Hi folks! Just a wee update to let you know what’s coming up for us in the next few weeks, and what we’ve been up to since the last news post. Following on from the Maggie’s to Maggie’s charity canal walk which we did in May, Neil will be piping across (and back) every bridge that’s accessible on foot over the River Forth, from Aberfoyle to South Queensferry! It will be in aid of Maggie’s Forth Valley. This will hopefully take place on Wed 14 Sep – weather permitting – and we have a small team of people to help with sorting pipes, taking livestream videos etc. The plan is to be at the Forth Road Bridge for around 4pm, so if you’re in the area come and cheer him on! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. The link for the event is below:
Neil decided to enter the solo piping competition at the Atholl Gathering in May, and it was a great day out which we spent in the company of a Canadian pupil/friend. The Atholl Highlanders looked very smart as they marched down the main drive. Kathryn managed to capture it on video, again this can be found on our YouTube channel.
We enjoyed another trip to Mull in June, staying at Killiechronan by Loch na Keal. The weather wasn’t as good as it had been last September but we still managed to get out to do lots of recordings at scenic spots. The videos are on our YouTube channel and there are also a few on our Facebook page. Milo the collie features in most of them – he seems to think it’s his job to appear in our music videos…
We were delighted to meet up with some of Neil’s overseas pupils who were in Scotland during World’s Week. This included visitors from the USA and Switzerland. Neil was also involved in a day at Lochearnhead with Primal Adventures, giving some American visitors a taste of what happens at a Highland games. A great day was had by all!
After a few years of saying we should make a point of visiting this historic place, we finally got around to having a look at Midhope Castle on the Hopetoun Estate, near South Queensferry. It was the set for Lallybroch in the Outlander series and is a 15th century tower house. We recorded a couple of pipe tunes at the castle then found a pretty spot by the river nearby, where we recorded a set on clarinet and small pipes. Again, these can be found on our YouTube channel.
The teaching side of things continues to be busy, for which we are grateful. Folk duo gigs are also starting to trickle in, including a stint on the Nora Devine stage at the Linlithgow Folk Festival which takes place on Sat 17 Sep. Please have a look at our Facebook page (Falkirk Piping & Glenbervie Folk Duo) for up-to-date info on events etc.