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We are very sorry to announce the death of Jim Buchanan, who died after a brief illness on August 1st. Jim served tirelessly on the LBPS Committee for many years, both as secretary and Chairman. He attended nearly all the Society’s events and was much loved by all who met him; his warmth, geniality, wit and enthusiasm were infectious. He was happily married to Ann and was enormously proud of their three daughters and their grand children. He will be sadly missed.
Available to members now.
The June 2014 issue of Common Stock is now available to members online, containing a report and results of the 2014 competition as well as the usual miscellany of music, history, advice, discussion and news of events.
It's taken rather a long while, for various reasons, but here are performances of the winning tunes in last year's Anniversary New Music Competition
The notation for these is published in Common Stock for December 2013 and in the LBPS publication '30 Years of LBS Tunes' available HERE
The growing numbers of pipers playing bellows pipes across the UK and beyond has resulted in a renewed interest in the idea of the formation of local groups to meet together for playing, sharing experience and general encouragement.
This new publication from the Society includes not only all the entries to this year's New Music competition, but also a selection of tunes composed during the past 30 years.
Applications are invited for the Autumn 2014 award of the LBPS development grants. Thes grants were introduced in the spring of 2012 for the financial support of projects which will advance the Society’s aims, viz. the promotion of Lowland / Border music and the playing of cauld wind pipes. Awards will be considered on Nov 1st and should be submitted to arrive by Friday, October 17th
We are delighted to announce the results of the 30th Anniversary New Music Competition. Results were first announced at the Peebles Collogue where the first two winning entries were performed by their composers [the thrid prize went to the USA]
First prize: Gary West - 'The Jedburgh Ba' Game'
Second prize: Paul Roberts - 'The Gin Drinker's Dream'
Third Prize: Craig Hohm - 'The Waterdog'.
Sound files of these available soon.
Thanks to a development grant from the LBPS, the Common Stock Archive is now text-searchable.
This resource comprises all 30 years of the Journal, as well as the three 'Supplements' issued in the first few years.
Two videos of Callum playing polyphony on the Scottish smallpipe double chanter.
The first is the tune he played at this year's collogue. The second is the tune published in the current issue of Common Stock together with the article on 'Expanding the Scottish Smallpipe'