May and June have been especially busy for GGP and Glenbervie Duo. Scribblers Picnic took place in Stirling on 8th May, and Glenbervie played on the Good Vibrations stage. The Tryst Festival took part in Falkirk in the last two weeks of May, and both Neil and Kathryn were involved in quite a few events! The parade along the High Street kicked off the festival, and Kathryn joined Carroncast (from the folk club) in a few songs at the bandstand. The next day, Neil completed his 5 x 50 challenge with a 5k Pipeathon from the Dobbie Hall, Larbert to Falkirk Trinity Church, near the High St. A total of approx £1500 was collected over the 50 days, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. Thanks to all who contributed and assisted.

We enjoyed an afternoon of Folk in the Garden at Bean Row Pottery, Falkirk – the sun even shone! Carroncast featured again in a tremendous evening of music in the Town Hall. During the same weekend, Neil and I played with the Tryst Orchestra for the festival finale. Neil was solo piper for George MacIlwham’s ‘Alba Suite’ and he and Kathryn did a spot on smallpipes and clarinet. The following evening, we had the pleasure of doing the floor spot, as Glenbervie, for our good friends Corralach who were playing at Stirling Folk Club. It was a night of great tunes and lots of friendly banter!

The 8th June found us in Longniddry Parish Church for a night of ‘Music & Magic’. Kathryn’ s sister and brother-in-law were involved in the entertainment and Glenbervie did a few tunes. Much fun was had by all!

Neil’s old band, The White Heather Tubes, reunited after 15 years for a charity gig at Stenhousemuir Cricket Club. Kathryn joined them as ‘Tubette’ for the night. The guests were very enthusiastic and there was lots of dancing, especially when the big pipes were brought out!

Neil enjoyed playing in the unusual and romantic location of St Anthony’s Chapel in Holyrood Park, for an overseas visitor’s birthday. It was the summer solstice and a beautiful evening. Talking of locations, Glenbervie has been busking at some of the places used in the ‘Outlander’ series and Neil played at a lovely wedding at Glencorse House which also featured in the marriage of Claire and Jamie in the series. Photos to be added to the gallery soon! Meanwhile, look out for us busking in Culross and Stirling.

Neil joined the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band for the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh on 26th June. Later in the day they merged with the Royal British Legion band and some rousing tunes were played. All in all, a busy start to the summer!