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Up Next: March 3rd Knockout Finals and Workshop with Dr. Angus MacDonald

Thanks to the 175+ individuals that attended last Tuesday’s great concert with Fred Morrison and opening guests MacIsaac and MacKenzie!

The Branch is grateful for your support! Below are some photos of the evening, taken by Branch member Hugh Metcalfe.

Fred Morrison

Fred Morrison

MacIsaac and MacKenzie

MacIsaac and MacKenzie with Branch executive member and concert organizer, Andrea Boyd!


Piobaireachd Workshop with Dr. Angus MacDonald

The Branch is honoured to host Dr. Angus MacDonald on March 3rd. Angus will provide a workshop that afternoon, judge the Knockout Finals and provide a recital thereafter!

Piobaireachd Workshop

  1. When: Saturday, March 3rd, 1 pm – 4 pm

  2. Where: HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar St. in downtown Ottawa

  3. Focus: Dr. Angus will discuss a range of tunes across two themes, i) learning ceol mor and ii) judging ceol mor. This workshop is suitable for a range of experience levels.

  4. Cost: $20

More about Dr. Angus MacDonald

Dr. Angus MacDonald after winning the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2010. (Photo: Derek Maxwell).

Angus MacDonald is one of three piping brothers from Glenuig on the west coast of Scotland. His brothers Allan and Iain are well known in piping circles. Since 1993, Angus has practiced as a medical doctor in Skye, moving back from Cape Breton, Canada, where he had lived and worked for 11 years

While at university in Glasgow he played with the British Caledonian Airways pipe band and was in the forefront of developing the playing of pipes with other instruments and made many television appearances in the early days of folk bands. His brother Iain has continued this with membership of bands such as Ossian and the Battlefield Band.

Prior to moving to Canada he started the successful Feis in Barra, designed to stimulate Gaelic music and language. This has blossomed into a national movement with full-time staff and over two dozen other similar feisean (festivals) around the Highlands and Islands.

Angus is now a senior adjudicator, having won most of the major competitions including the gold medals at Oban, Inverness and in Canada; the Inverness clasp and Senior Piobaireachd at Oban; and the Silver Chanter. In the light music he has, among other prizes, won the March, Strathspey and Reel competitions at Oban and Inverness.

Biography drawn from Temple Records


Knockout Finals

Remember to join us for the 2018 Knockout Finals during the evening of March 3rd! As announced previously, this year’s finalists are listed below. Each competitor will play a medley of their own choice. Congratulations all!

A Piping

  1. Charles-David Mitchell

  2. Hugh Metcalfe

  3. Liam Melville

  4. Ross Davison

B Piping

  1. Jonathan Shepherd

  2. Matthew Shepherd

  3. Paula Campbell

  4. Rowan Meyer

40+ Piping

  1. Annie Jodoin

  2. D.J. McDonald

  3. Thomas MacKenzie

A Drumming

  1. Shahna Summers

B Drumming

  1. Sarah McKinnon

40+ Drumming

  1. Thomas MacKenzie


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