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PHSD Registration Deadline July 1

We’re back online for the 28th year of Piping Hot Summer Drummer, bringing all the inspired online instruction and performance in music and dance.

PHSD is holding the school online again this year, for 1 week only – July 11th through to July 16th. Please register below.



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Band Member writes commissioned Piobaireachd to commemorate WW2 US Navy tragedy

Very honoured and proud to have an original composition of mine published in Scotland this week, part of larger collection of music due later this year. Long before 9/11 and the acts of generosity expressed by Newfoundlanders during the terrorist attacks in the USA, Newfoundlanders have been helping our neighbours to the South including this naval disaster. Pibroch or Cèol Mòr has been described as the classical music of the Highland bagpipe . The tunes resemble an Italian Rondo in structure featuring variations on a theme. They are lengthy pieces of music and can take anywhere from 8 to 18 minutes to play. This tune comes in at just under 10 minutes.



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New Bagpipe ‘Moisture Genie’ moisture control system available

New Bagpipe ‘Moisture Genie’ moisture control system available

During extended winter practice sessions my tenor reeds were dropping out every 20-30 minutes because they were getting so wet, and I had to remove the reeds to blow them out and blot the moisture off to continue. The Banatyne bottle trap was not cutting it anymore, and I was going to have to commit to a more serious moisture control system.  At Island Bagpipe I found a new product called Moisture Genie that uses a single connection to the blowpipe stock with a desiccant canister slightly smaller than a beer can, so it is unnoticed when in place. I installed one, and it was immediately effective. A couple of 1 1/2+ hour plays with solid drone sound, and no moisture problems whatsoever. Not as bulky as some others, and a competitive price.

Moisture Genie website: https://moisturegenie.com/

Also available at Island Bagpipe: https://www.islandbagpipe.com

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Calum Brown wins all five top piping events in Shotts online solos

Calum Brown of Aberdeen, Scotland, swept all five Open 18 and Older piping events in the annual Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Solo Competitions, held online due to the COVID-19 crisis. There was a large entry from all over the world for myriad events over numerous grades in each category of piping and drumming.


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Replays of 2019 Worlds August 17

Congratulations to Inveraray & District on their World Championship win for 2019. If anyone would like to rewatch any of the MSR or Medley plays from this year they are still available on BBC at:


or you can talk to Bob McPhail who has mp3 copies of the top 6 finishers.



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