Haddington Pipe Band News Bulletin Board

Haddington Pipe Band News Bulletin Board


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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News BulletinPosted by Alastair Bruce Thu, August 07, 2014 11:02:54

Haddington’s Trad on the Tyne festival (www.tradonthetyne.com), which is organised by Haddington Pipe Band and takes place in the town from 29 - 31 August, has published its final programme, with the headline acts – Karine Polwart, Blazin’ Fiddles, the Friel Sisters (in the Music to Dine For evening), and Alex Hodgson – being joined on the bill by the Victorian Trout Conspiracy and dynamic duo Rachel Gray and Amy Low. A ticket hotline (07511 515 049) has also been opened, while there’s again a strong programme of family entertainment, including a re-enactment group, and other activities.

An impressive list of workshops sees top musicians from the traditional music scene coming to the festival. Mairi Campbell will be taking two workshops this year – in singing and in step dancing - while David Francis is running a guitar workshop and Nigel Gatherer will take a mixed instruments class.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing workshops this year is in African dance, with Ghanaian dancer Adie Elias Baako of the Akrowa Dance Ensemble running a class on the Sunday.

This year’s come-and-try-an-instrument classes include chanter, ukulele, moothie, clarsach and percussion.

With the event hosted by Haddington Pipe Band, in association with the Waterloo Bistro, piping also features heavily, with Haddington Pipe Band parading through the town before performing at the Haugh (the festival’s main home for the weekend) on the Saturday and pipers and drummers from Haddington, North Berwick, Preston Lodge, Strathearn and Knox Academy bands playing together in a massed pipes and drums performance on the Sunday afternoon.

Two local bars – the Golf and the Waterside - will host late-night sessions for anyone wanting to come along and play or sing, while the Open Stage on the Saturday offers the opportunity to play (or just sit back and enjoy the music). A ‘slow session’, led by Nigel Gatherer, will also be on offer for people at all levels, including early stages, to come together and play easy tunes.

For children, as well as the come-and-try classes, there’s storytelling by Heather Yule in the beautiful yurt, pony rides, face painting, a bouncy castle, sand bottling, and a balloon man. New to the programme this year is a re-enactment group. The Sealed Knot – Manus O’Cahan’s Regiment will be at the Haugh on both Saturday and Sunday, complete with weapons and clothing, to show people how life was in the 17th century.

Another big attraction is top magician Gary James, who will be entertaining youngsters on the Sunday morning.

Last year’s Craft Tent was a great success and this will again be open to visitors at this year’s festival, with a fine array of stallholders, while the Waterloo will be hosting a brunch and acoustic music session on the Sunday morning.

“We have been very fortunate in being able to bring some amazing musicians and teachers to Haddington for this year’s Trad on the Tyne, including possibly the finest singer/songwriter in the land – Karine Polwart – and the Folk Band of the Year – Blazin’ Fiddles,” said Ian Green, honorary president of the festival. “As ever, the programme offers people of all ages the chance both to enjoy listening to great music and to take part in plenty of other activities, mainly but not only music-related.

“In these challenging times, we’d also like to thank our sponsors, who have made the whole event possible. Now, thanks to them and our volunteers – that is, everyone who has organised this event – we are looking forward to welcoming folk from Haddington, elsewhere in East Lothian, and further afield to Trad on the Tyne 2014. We very much hope that they will see what a great place Haddington is and that they enjoy the festival.”

The full programme is on the festival website: www.tradonthetyne.com. Tickets are available online, via the hotline (07511 515 049), or over the counter at Joe Forte Sports, 65 High Street, or the Waterloo Bistro, Poldrate, Haddington.

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