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Boghall entertains great crowd at Forte!

On Wednesday 8th August, Boghall and Bathgate were delighted to take to the stage at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as the guest act for the annual Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye pre-World’s concert. The band were very pleased to see a strong turnout from an international audience of over 1600 people and loved the reception they received from an audience which evidently contained many pipe band fanatics.

The band opened with P/M Ross Walker playing a solo of a fantastic arrangement of the Mason’s Apron before being joined by P/S Ross Harvey and then the full band. After a set of up tempo hornpipes, the band moved straight into a set of jigs with two traditional tunes (The Bride’s Jig and The Thief of Lochaber) being separated with the Mark Saul composition, The Changeling.

Following this set, our compere for the evening, the esteemed John Wilson, gave a great introduction which quickly captured the enthusiastic audience and then introduced the band’s next set which began with a new Allan MacDonald composition, Lo Delo Delo. This was a great set of waltzes which started with piper Emma Buchan playing whistle alongside our backing musicians for the evening, Stevie Lawrence (bazouki), Marissa Waite (bodhran) and Douglas Millar (keyboard).

The Grade 1 band then departed and the Juvenile band came on stage to a series of videos looking back at the origins of the band. This included commentary about the band’s initial practices and their first competition at Peebles in 1973 which took place in civilian dress. To commemorate this outing, the Juvenile band played the original competition set of 2/4 Marches in school uniform before performing an uptempo set of reels which exemplified the great ability of our youngsters.

The remainder of the first half saw some other great sets including a set of 3/4 Marches filled with two and three part harmonies, the band’s Number 1 MSR set starting with The Abercairney Highlanders and an arrangement of the traditional slow air, Mhairi Bhan Og led by P/S Ross Harvey (above).

Just before the end of the first half, the drum corps played a great fanfare with a total of 40 drummers including past and present members of the band and some of our Juvenile members before the Grade 1 band returned to finish the first half with a set of reels including the famous Boghall tune, The Rubic Cube, a new Don Bradford composition called Killie McCallum and Jason Briscoe’s tune, The Founder’s Club.

After the interval, the band continued to entertain with a number of exciting and varied sets beginning with a set of jigs followed by a series of the band’s previous opening tunes which were introduced by video clips from P/Ms Bob Shepherd, Ian McLellan, Nat Russell and Winston Pollock. Some great sets then followed including a fingernastic piping quartet from youngsters Ali Scougall, Jonny Simpson, David Burnside and Paul Brown before a drum salute to the legendary Tom Brown (including some rock guitar backing) captured the audiences full attention. Other sets in the second half included the band’s World’s Medley, a song by our guest singer Rory Butler, a set of waltzes including the French tune, Aube Mauve and a set of 2/4 marches layered with harmonies.

Mark Saul’s suite, Journey to the Centre of the Celts and a set of hornpipes including Dr MacInnes’ Fancy and Tatumtitabra concluded the formal setlist for the evening before the band were encourage back on to the stage to give an encore with their famous suite, Don Bradford’s Call to the Gathering and a further rendition of The Glasgow City Police Pipers. For a full list of the tunes that the band played on the night click here

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed producing the Forte concert and we were incredibly grateful for the support of all the team at the Glasgow Skye, our thoroughly entertaining compere, John Wilson, our excellent backing musicians and most of all the fantastic audience.

The band now turns it’s full attention to competition sets and looks forward to what is set to be a thoroughly exciting contest at Glasgow Green on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Andrew Ray on 08/09 at 03:48 PM in Homepage


#1. Posted by Ron. Harvey on August 10, 2012

I have heard the band play for a few years now, I think that was astounding.
Thank you all for your hard work.

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