OT: 14 August 1915 – Arbiter

The Oban Times, 14 August, 1915 9 August, 1915 Sir,–I have read your fine paper for the last twenty years or more, and I just wonder if on that account you would permit me to say a few words on this subject? I do love the Highland Bagpipe, and scan the pages of “The Oban […]

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OT: 14 August 1915 – John Grant “The Highland Bagpipe and Gaelic Song”

The Oban Times, 14 August, 1915 The Highland Bagpipe and Gaelic Song 27 Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, 2 August, 1915 Sir,–Those taking part in controversies often go wide of the mark, and, like your correspondent, Mr. Calum MacPharlain, some correspondents would rather wander from the subject altogether then answer the direct question concerned. Your correspondent […]

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OT: 7 August 1915 – John Grant “The MacCrimmon Canntaireachd”

 The Oban Times, 7August, 1915 The MacCrimmon Canntaireachd.–Mr. J. Grant, 27 Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, writes:–In a corner of your valuable paper I see a few words from a correspondent, who does not give his name. I never asked “Eilean a Cheo” to admit that I am an authority on piobaireachd. But nevertheless I must […]

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OT: 7 August 1915 – Donald MacRae “The Bagpipe”

The Oban Times, 7 August, 1915 The Bagpipe Huntly, 2 August, 1915 Sir,–I am very fond of Highland music of all kinds, and consequently have followed, with much interest, the correspondence which has appeared in your valuable paper regarding the bagpipe, and, while partially agreeing with both your correspondents, there are several statements in Mr. Calum […]

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OT: 24 July 1915 – Calum MacPharlain “The Bagpipe”

The Oban Times, 24 July, 1915 The Bagpipe Elderslie, 17 July, 1915 Sir–What a revelation of himself your correspondent Mr. John Grant is making in the correspondence under this heading! He cannot be regarded as a conscientious controversalist. For, if he was, he would hardly have set out to condemn certain quotations from a paper […]

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OT: 17 July 1915 – John Grant “The Highland Bagpipe”

The Oban Times, 17 July, 1915 The Highland Bagpipe 27 Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, July 8 1915 Sir,–Gaelic men satirised the Highland bagpipe in vulgar style. Their reason for that is as apparent as Mr. Calum MacPharlain’s. Your correspondent says: “The bagpipe was and is the enemy of Gaelic vocal music,” but I may tell […]

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OT: 3 July 1915 – Calum MacPharlain “The Bagpipe”

The Oban Times, 3 July, 1915 The Bagpipe Elderslie, 26 June, 1915 Sir,–Your correspondent, Mr. John Grant, is only beating the wind–a very unprofitable, unedifying thing to do. It benefits nobody, and the wind goes on undeterred. I brought the bagpipe into the “matter of Gaelic song” to prove what Mr. Grant himself contends for, […]

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