Simon Fraser University Pipe Band under Pipe Major Alan Bevan and Leading Drummer Reid Maxwell were last to play in the two days of competition at Glasgow Green on 12 and 13 August 2022. The occasion was first World Pipe Band Championships held as usual on Glasgow Green. This is the band's Saturday medley and it comprises the following tunes: Peter the Leader - Colin Magee The Iron Man - J Scott Skinner The Isle of Hoy - Glenna Mackay Port Sean Seosamh - traditional Biddy from Sligo - traditional The Mist Covered Mountains - traditional David Ross of Rosehall - Archibald MacNeill Wedding in the Wood - Fin Moore The Ale is dear - traditional PTE Joe McConnell - Murray Blair
For centuries, there has been a long-held belief that bagpipes were classified as an instrument of war and were banned in the Act of Proscription of 1746.
The story goes that in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising of 1745, culminating in the now infamous Battle of Culloden, possessing a set of pipes or playing bagpipes them was banned.
Unfortunately, history is always far more complicated than we think...
The next tune in our continuing series on the Pipe Tunes of the First World War, and our Battle of the Somme mini-series, is “The Taking of Beaumont Hamel.” This tune commemorates the capture of Beaumont Hamel in November 1916 but it also serves as a bookend to one of the great tragedies of the Battle of the Somme.