Here you are able to watch again the entire recital. Click on the video below and you will see the full playlist (25 clips).
These are the write-ups which were printed in the programme on the day.
John is the first Englishman to do a recital for us (hopefully not the last). He was born in Dam Ends,
Keighley in 1952 and began piping in 1965 at the age of 13, with the Hazlay Mansfield P.B. later to become
the City of Bradford P.B. He had no formal training as such, other than the Logans Tutor Book and some
initial guidance from Bill Balmforth.
In the early 70s, around ‘74 or ‘75 he moved to Wishaw in Scotland and for a short while played with
Lanarkshire Police P.B. until John K. MacAllister heard him and got him to join Shotts & Dykehead. He
played with Shotts until 1978 during which time they won all the major pipe band championships except
Between 1975 and 1978 John began making his mark as a solo piper and gained a prize at Oban in the
Strathspey and Reel Competition. It was pouring down with rain that day so he probably felt AT HOME.
In 1978 he had a short stay in Canada but came back to play with the British Caledonian Airways P.B. (now
the Power of Scotland P.B.).
But in 1980 he finally emigrated to Canada where he joined a pipe band that had six pipers and two
drummers it was called “The General Motors P.B.” later to become “The 78th Fraser Highlanders P.B.” He
was Pipe Sergeant until 1989 and they won the one major championship that had eluded him at Shotts,
The World Championship in 1987.
He now lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he teaches piping and manufactures his own design of small
pipes known as “Shuttle Pipes”.
John has made one solo album to date “Time To Spare”. It is mainly traditional playing 6/8s, M. S. & Rs
but also includes one or two tracks of modern music i.e. “Syncopation” a 6/8 jig by A. Cairns, well worth a
listen. Like Colin, John is also in demand as a judge at both solo piping and pipe band competitions.
Colin was born in 1959 and began piping at the age of seven. Initially he was taught by Pipe Major John D. Chrichton, Edinburgh. From the age of 14 he was taught by his father the late Captain John A. MacLellan M.B.E. of the “Army School of Piping” at Edinburgh Castle.
In 1975 he became the Scottish Junior Champion at 16 years of age. In 1977 he emigrated to Mayville in Canada where he has lived ever since, although he has made many visits back to Britain. Here is a list of some of the major prizes that Colin has won:
1982 Piobaireachd Society’s Gold Medal,
Highland Society London Gold Medal, Inverness
1987 Clasp, Cambridge
1990 Dunvegan Gold Medal, Portree, Skye
Silver Chanter, Dunvegan, Syke
North American Piobaireachd Champion
Canadian Solo Piping Champion
1991 Silver Chanter, Dunvegan, Skye
1992 Clasp at Cambridge
M.S.R. at Chatsworth, England
Piobaireachd, Chatsworth, England
Gold Medal, Oban
Colin is a schoolteacher by profession, but since 1982 he has become a full time reedmaker. In 1986 he took over as Pipe Major of the Glengary Pipe Band (Grade II) and he remains so to date. His knowledge and experience has been recognised and he is on ALL the North American Society’s panels of judges. To date he has released three albums:
1986 “Salute The Great Pipe”
1987 “Reel To Reel” with M. Gray,
B. Gandy, W. Livingstone
1992 “The Worlds Greatest Pipers”