Echoes of Oban


The College of Piping held its annual ‘Echoes of Oban’ recital this year on Friday 26th November, featuring winners from the 2011 Argyllshire Gathering. ScottishPower pipers included:

P/M Chris Armstrong - Former Winners March, Srathspey & Reel

Piper Gavin Ferguson – B Grade Light Music prize winner, 3rd Strathspey & Reel and 2nd March

Other prize winners performing on the night were:

Iain Speirs – Senior Open Piobaireachd
Calum Beaumount - Gold Medal and Open Jig
Gordon Bruce - Silver Medal
Neil Walker - A Grade March
Finlay Johnston - A Grade Strathspey & Reel
Mike Fitzhenry – B Grade March

The ‘Echoes of Oban’ was an event held annually in the 1950s and 1960s, when winners from the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban were invited each year to play their winning tunes at a concert in Glasgow. This gave those who had been unable to attend the Gathering a chance to hear some of the winning performances, while those who had attended were able to enjoy the performances again in a relaxed social atmosphere. The College restarted this tradition again in 2008 and has held it every year since.