OT: 6 March 1926 – John Grant “Toarluath and Crunluath in Piobaireachd”

The Oban Times, 6 March, 1926

Toarluath and Crunluath in Piobaireachd

Edinburgh, 26 February, 1926

Sir,–I beg to thank Mr. Gray for his acceptance of the challenge. Mr. Gray has stated that I had made no reference to his statements regarding playing the Toarluath and Crunluath movements in piobaireachd. If he feels that that point is not made clear by me, I have pleasure in again reassuring him that it is the Toarluath and Crunluath movements in Piobaireachd that I am going to play. I have no intention of withdrawing my pledge, already given, that I shall leave no stone unturned to prove my point.

I must thank the Glasgow representative of the “Oban Times” for the high tribute which he pays to Mr. Gray and myself in the Glasgow Letter of this week.

Let me add, in conclusion, that I think it is premature for Mr. Gray to state the conditions under which he will “consider the test of no account.” He will not be my only judge anymore than I shall even dream of being his only judge.

I invite Mr. Gray to the demonstration and Edinburgh in a friendly, and not in an antagonistic, spirit. I am convinced that when we meet we shall both learn a lesson in regard to the great music of the Celt, which we both love. It may be the dawning of a new era in the preservation of the ancient art of piobaireachd.–I am, etc.,

John Grant