Haddington Pipe Band News Bulletin Board

Haddington Pipe Band News Bulletin Board


News BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Sun, April 24, 2016 11:57:00
The band's annual family ceilidh will take place on Friday 27 May at the Corn Exchange, with the music for the dancing being performed by the excellent Clappy Doo.

Tickets for the event are now available - just £10 and £8 for concessions (16 and under and over 65) from committee members and from Joe Forte Sports in the High Street and The Maple Tree in Court Street. As ever, it's a bring-your-own food and drink occasion.

Clappy Doo won't be the only performers on the night. Haddington Pipe Band will open the evening with a performance and the dynamic trad group Hoolachan will play a set. Highland dancer Fiona Laurie will also take to the stage, so a really great line-up is on offer.

"Everyone is very welcome at what is always an enjoyable family night," said band chair Alastair Bruce. "We look forward to seeing old and new friends at the dance. The band is also looking forward to playing and to enjoying the music of Clappy Doo and Hoolachan and the dancing of Fiona."

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News BulletinPosted by David Leckie Fri, December 04, 2015 19:06:17
The annual BURNS NIGHT will be held in the Haddington Scout Hall on Saturday 30 January 2016 at 19.30 (that's 7.30 PM) - Tickets £10 or £8 for concessions (over 60 under 16)
We have lined up some fantastic artists (all band members) to perform the various duties for the Burns section early on and that will be followed by dancing to the ever popular Jimmy Wilson and Stewart Davie. As ever, the evening will be informal and family-friendly.
This of course is one of the most popular events on the band calendar (it's no actually on the band CALENDAR but you ken what I mean!) - SO you better order your tickets ASAP

Joe Forte Sport, 65 High Street, Haddington

Davie Leckie 01620 823047 07952 327644

Liz McDougall 01620 823974 07725 365001

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News BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Mon, October 19, 2015 21:47:52

Haddington Pipe Band has again created a calendar for the coming year, with the theme of ‘Favourite scenes around Haddington and East Lothian’.

The calendar, which will be available from early next week, features a series of stunning photos of the county captured by top-grade photographers, with the views selected by members of the band. The front cover features an eerily atmospheric photo by Rod Hanchard-Goodwin of Haddington seen through mist, while the same photographer’s beautiful image of the Garleton Hills and the Hopetoun Monument features as the photo for the month of May.

One of the most striking shots in the calendar is a photo of the Lammermuir Hills – resplendent in rich, deep purple – taken by the award-winning natural history and landscape photographer, Laurie Campbell, while local photographer Garry Menzies contributes two shots: the laburnum arch in St Mary’s Pleasance and a snow-covered Preston Mill at East Linton.

Another local photographer, Adam Cochrane, has no less than five photos in the calendar. The calendar opens in January with his sunrise at Traprain Law image, while his other works are of Seacliff Harbour, Hailes Castle, the Nungate Bridge and the River Tyne, and – as the back cover shot - an aerial view of Haddington.

Another equally memorable series of photos has been contributed by Sarah White, whose images are of Barns Ness Lighthouse, the Goblin Ha’ at Yester Castle, Tantallon Castle and the Northern Lights, and St Mary’s Church.

Complementing the scenic photography are portrait shots of pipe band members, all taken by Haddington-based professional photographer, Nick Callaghan, who has worked on all the band’s calendars.

“Once again, we are delighted to have been able to produce a calendar which we hope will be enjoyed by people close to home and much further afield,” said the band’s chairman, Alastair Bruce.

“Of course, the calendar is a promotion for the band, but this year – with the many amazing scenic shots taken around East Lothian – we are also promoting the wonderful county in which we are fortunate enough to live and, in the band’s case, play.

“We are very grateful to the superb photographers whose work is featured in the calendar. The quality of their photography is there for all to see, and this has been more than matched by their support for this project.

“The calendar is one of the band’s key fundraising projects to help us to pay for uniforms, instruments and other band initiatives, and so we are extremely grateful to the many businesses who have sponsored and supported the production. Without their help, this initiative just wouldn’t be practical or feasible and if possible, we would ask anyone who gets a copy of the calendar to support them in turn.”

From next week (w/c 26 October), the calendar will be on sale for £5 at various shops, libraries and other outlets locally. It can also be purchased online, with details at the band’s website.

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News BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Wed, May 20, 2015 20:32:43

A new Haddington traditional music group – Hoolachan – will make its debut at the Haddington Pipe Band family ceilidh on Friday 29 May at the Corn Exchange ahead of performing in France in July.

The seven youngsters in the band are all members of Haddington Pipe Band, and will be performing traditional music “with a twist”. Among the instruments featured in the band are guitar, keyboards, pipes, and drum kit. “The traditional music scene in Scotland, as we’ve seen here in Haddington at the Trad on the Tyne festivals and other events, is really dynamic and innovative,” said band member Fraser Wilkinson, who is also the pipe major of Haddington Pipe Band, “and we hope that our group is a positive local response to the fantastic music that is being played throughout the country now.

“Our main objective was to put together a group to play while the pipe band is in Aubigny at the Franco-Ecossais festival in July, so the ceilidh performance will be a great opportunity for us to perform here in Haddington before we head to France.”

In addition to Fraser on pipes, the band includes Euan Naysmith (guitar), Gavin McDougall (drum kit), Caitlin Bruce (keyboard), Bethany Whittaker (bass guitar), Calum Wilkinson (side drum) and Ben Muir (pipes). The name Hoolachan comes from an old Scottish word for a reel.

“The main music for the ceilidh will be performed by Clappy Doo, who are great favourites with local audiences, and Hoolachan will be playing a short set during the evening,” said Fraser Wilkinson. “We’re sure the ceilidh will be a great night, and everyone is very welcome. Following this, like Haddington Pipe Band itself, we’ll be getting ourselves set to play in Aubigny.”

Tickets for the annual family ceilidh – priced £10 (£8 for concessions) - are available from Joe Forte Sports, High Street, Haddington, or from pipe band committee members. This year’s event is not only ‘bring your own food’ but also ‘bring your own drink’.

(Photo: Nick Callaghan)

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Ceilidh, Friday 29 May 2015

News BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Wed, April 29, 2015 14:37:35

Tickets available from Joe Forte Sports, High Street, Haddington, or from band committee members. Cost £10.00 (concessions £8.00). BYOB and BYO-food. All very welcome.

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News BulletinPosted by David Leckie Wed, March 11, 2015 16:17:40
Haddington Pipe Band & Haddington Twinning present - "A RACE NIGHT"
in Haddington Rugby Club on Friday 27th March 2015 - it's gonnie be a fantastic event for all the family - also featuring the popular "Piggy Races" for the wee yins.
Lite Bite at half time plus auction of 2015 calendar pictures
entry by race card £2 or turn up on the night - it's a NO MISS EVENT
ALSO some fabulous auction items up for grabs in race 8 be prepared to bid for your favourite item and possibly become the owner of the winning horse.

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News BulletinPosted by David Leckie Mon, January 12, 2015 12:51:33
Our annual Burns Night will be held at the Scout Hall, Haddington on Saturday 31 January 2015, starting at 7.30 pm. A good night for all guaranteed. Tickets available now from Davie Leckie 01620 823047 - 07952 32764 piperdal2@aol.com

Fraser Wilkinson - 07971 787189, Fraser.wilkinson@outlook.co.uk

or any member of the committee

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News BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Mon, November 03, 2014 13:03:55

A calendar for 2015 with the theme of ‘The Heritage of Haddington and East Lothian’ has been produced by Haddington Pipe Band – and it will be officially launched at the opening of an exhibition of the photos at Peter Potter Gallery this Saturday (8 November) at 2.30pm.

The 13 photos have all been taken by local photographer Nick Callaghan and cover a wide range of subject matters – from ancient history and the built heritage to golf, farming, aviation, gardening, fishing, culture, the saltire, the Traprain Treasure, the siege of Haddington, and the town’s French links.

“We set out to create a calendar that celebrated the local area, as well as featured members of the band, and we believe that Nick has done an amazing job with the shots he has taken,” said Alastair Bruce, chairman of the band committee.

“The photos are stunning – creative and imaginative, with more than a touch of humour at times, and we very much hope that they will be enjoyed and that they will help to promote not only the band but Haddington and East Lothian far and wide.

“The calendar is one of our key fundraising projects to help us to pay for uniforms, instruments and other band initiatives, and we are extremely grateful to the many businesses who have sponsored and supported the production.”

This year’s cover photo, which celebrates the ancient history of the area, was taken at Pencraig standing stone between Haddington and East Linton, while the calendar opens with a shot – capturing the links to Robert Burns - taken at the Burns Well at Grant’s Braes, and featuring the ghosts of Robert’s mother, Agnes Broun, and his daughter Elizabeth, who was brought up there.

Closing the year is a photo (celebrating the town’s and the band’s French connections) which pays homage to the ‘Allo ‘Allo comedy, with members of the band and the wider band community playing a number of the main characters from the programme.

Among the other scenes are a photo of the band’s pipe major wing walking, some less-than-happy cave-people at White Castle Hill Fort, an evocative farming shot complete with Clydesdale horses, an example of a piper’s lung-power being put to dubious use on a golf course, a view of the town – complete with saltire – from the top of the West Church tower, and an angler at the Nungate Bridge giving a warm reception to one of the band’s pipers.

The exhibition will open in some style, with the band marching across Nungate Bridge before playing in the Normandy Garden adjacent to Peter Potter Gallery. The exhibition will run at the gallery until 17 January.

The calendar, meanwhile, is on sale for £5 at various shops, libraries and other outlets locally. It can also be purchased online, with details at the band’s website: www.haddingtonpipeband.co.uk.

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