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SDCPB Juvenile Solo Championships 2018

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band and North Lanarkshire Council regret to announce that due to a clash of dates and lack of available alternative dates during the months of November and December, we have decided to postpone our annual Junior Solo Championship until early next year.

We had booked the venue for the 17th November, however due to that fact that the Scots Guards have announced their junior competition will be held on the same date, we have decided to postpone ours to make this more convenient for all involved.

The ethos behind our competition is to provide as many junior competitors with as much quality competing time as possible, and with that in mind this decision was taken to avoid either competition suffering from a reduced number of entries and provide the opportunity for entrants to participate in both competitions.

We regret any disappointment or inconvenience that this may cause but we will endeavour to secure the best possible date early in the new year.
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Shotts Appoints New Pipe Major

Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band is delighted to announce that Emmett Conway has been appointed as Pipe Major with effect from November, 2018.

Emmett has spent the last 6 years playing in New Zealand Police Pipe Band with the last 4 years serving as Pipe Major. Prior to this, Emmett played with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band for around seven years where he gained invaluable experience from Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE.

Emmett, aged 26, is the second piper from the FMM ranks to move to Shotts as Pipe Major as he follows his former band colleague Pipe Major Ryan Canning after Ryan announced he was stepping down.

Shotts Chairman, Ewan McAllister said, “We are all excited to welcome Emmett to the band to continue and strengthen the band's position and reputation that Ryan re-established when he joined in 2012.”

Pipe Major Ryan Canning commented, "Whilst there have been rumours circulating over the past two months, it is indeed true that I have decided to leave Shotts and step away from piping for a period of time. I am sad to be leaving the band but have given it many months of thought and know it’s the correct decision for me at this time. That said, I am delighted that Emmett has accepted the band’s offer to become the new PM. I’ve known Emmett for many years and can think of few people better equipped to take Shotts forward. Knowing that the band is in safe hands is incredibly important to me, and I look forward to seeing it develop further under Emmett and Andrew’s leadership."

Andrew Lawson said, "I'd like to thank Ryan for his incredible efforts and everything he has given to the band. I'm also very grateful for the opportunity he gave me to lead the drum corps. The band will continue the great work that Ryan started, and Emmett is the best possible person to take on the role of Shotts Pipe Major.
We're all very happy to welcome Emmett to the band and are looking forward to getting to work, taking Shotts from strength to strength for 2019 and beyond."

Emmett said, "I am absolutely honoured to be taking on the role of Pipe Major of Shotts and Dykehead. I was delighted when Ryan approached me about taking on the position. Shotts and Dykehead is a legendary institution steeped in history, one that I am thrilled to now be a part of. Ryan will be a hard act to follow. He has built a youthful, talented band that I can’t wait to be amongst. I look forward to working with Andrew and the driven, dynamic Shotts team to build on the band's many past successes and to keep moving forward. We have begun planning for 2019 and music selection has already started.

With this move comes my departure from the New Zealand Police. I will be very sad to leave the band as we were more than just a band, we were a family. However, I know they will be left in good hands as the band’s committee have put positive plans in place for my replacement. I can’t thank the entire New Zealand Police organisation enough for the opportunity they have given me. It is with a very heavy heart that I leave them and their beautiful country. I wish Angus and the whole team all the best in the future and have no doubt the band will continue to grow musically with great success!"
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Shotts Appoints New Pipe Major

Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band is delighted to announce that Emmett Conway has been appointed as Pipe Major with effect from November, 2018.

Emmett has spent the last 6 years playing in New Zealand Police Pipe Band with the last 4 years serving as Pipe Major. Prior to this, Emmett played with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band for around seven years where he gained invaluable experience from Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE.

Emmett, aged 26, is the second piper from the FMM ranks to move to Shotts as Pipe Major as he follows his former band colleague Pipe Major Ryan Canning after Ryan announced he was stepping down.

Shotts Chairman, Ewan McAllister said, “We are all excited to welcome Emmett to the band to continue and strengthen the bands position and reputation that Ryan re-established when he joined in 2012.”

Pipe Major Ryan Canning commented, Whilst there have been rumours circulating over the past two months, it is indeed true that I have decided to leave Shotts and step away from piping for a period of time. I am sad to be leaving the band but have given it many months of thought and know it’s the correct decision for me at this time. That said, I am delighted that Emmett has accepted the band’s offer to become the new PM. I’ve known Emmett for many years and can think of few people better equipped to take Shotts forward. Knowing that the band is in safe hands is incredibly important to me, and I look forward to seeing it develop further under Emmett and Andrew’s leadership.

Andrew Lawson said, Id like to thank Ryan for his incredible efforts and everything he has given to the band. Im also very grateful for the opportunity he gave me to lead the drum corps. The band will continue the great work that Ryan started, and Emmett is the best possible person to take on the role of Shotts Pipe Major.
Were all very happy to welcome Emmett to the band and are looking forward to getting to work, taking Shotts from strength to strength for 2019 and beyond.

Emmett said, I am absolutely honoured to be taking on the role of Pipe Major of Shotts and Dykehead. I was delighted when Ryan approached me about taking on the position. Shotts and Dykehead is a legendary institution steeped in history, one that I am thrilled to now be a part of. Ryan will be a hard act to follow. He has built a youthful, talented band that I can’t wait to be amongst. I look forward to working with Andrew and the driven, dynamic Shotts team to build on the bands many past successes and to keep moving forward. We have begun planning for 2019 and music selection has already started.

With this move comes my departure from the New Zealand Police. I will be very sad to leave the band as we were more than just a band, we were a family. However, I know they will be left in good hands as the band’s committee have put positive plans in place for my replacement. I can’t thank the entire New Zealand Police organisation enough for the opportunity they have given me. It is with a very heavy heart that I leave them and their beautiful country. I wish Angus and the whole team all the best in the future and have no doubt the band will continue to grow musically with great success!

 

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Our best wishes to our friend Emmett in his new role!

Congratulations Emmett, who would think that a wee lad from up the road would step into the role once held by John and Tom Macalister. Well done I bet Charlie's proud.

Congrats Emmett, great opportunity for you, well done and all the best with Shotts for the future. Well done on your leading the Police, you made a big impact on our movement, thank you.

Congrats and all the best Emmett, you have not only done an awesome job with the NZPPB as PM, but you have represented the NZ Police as a role model. Go well 👍

Congratulations Emmett , You have done a fantastic job in a very short with the NZ Police . All the very best in your new position as PM.

On yourself lad all the best for the future!

Fantastic appointment M delighted for you, and the experience from New Zealand will be of great benefit now. You'll get on fantastic.

Congratulations Emmett Conway ! I'll be grabbing another interview with you soon !

Congratulation Emmett great news! At least you are closer to home & won’t be jet lagged each time you fly home 😂👍❤️😘🎉!!!

Great news Emmett, wish you all the best

BIG news day all round! Congratulations Emmett on the new PM role at Shotts. Great job with the NZ Police. All the best going forward.

Congratulations Emmett. Looking forward to following Shott’s performances under your leadership. Exciting times

A perfect press release. Congratulations to Emmet on your appointment to Ryan on a remarkable time in the hot seat. Best of luck to you all and to the bands - 2019 will be an exciting year!

Congratulations Emmett. Sure the family will be delighted to have you back ❤️❤️

All Emmet it is a great achievement for yourself for the hard work you have put in over the years best of luck

Congratulations well Deserved.

Congratulations and all the best

Great news Emmett wishing you all the very best with Shotts xx

Congratulations mate on your Appointment at shotts. Good luck.

Congratulations Emmett Conway All the very best for the future.

Amazing! Congratulations Emmett Conway! You'll do a super job!

Wish you all the very best buddy, Emmett, I'm sure you're success to date will continue in your new role

Congratulations on behalf of all in the Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band, and thanks for your contribution to piping and pipe bands in New Zealand 🇳🇿️

All the very best Emmett! You've done some amazing work in NZ and should be very proud of your achievements.

A very big congratulations Emmett Conway on your new journey in piping wishing you every success for the future

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Pre-ordered RISE CDs and t-shirts are now available for collection at the Shotts Gazebo in the Dumbarton tuning Park. ... See MoreSee Less

Here's another video from our concert, this time featuring the Shotts Drum Corps. Our thanks to Drone Chorus for the quality video! This fanfare will feature on Shotts' new album, Rise, available for pre-order this Saturday evening from www.shottspipeband.comThis is the third of three video extracts from the 'Rise' concert by Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band led by Pipe Major Ryan Canning in Glasgow's Roya... ... See MoreSee Less

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The wait is almost over! Shotts and Dykehead's new album, Rise, will be available for pre-order this Saturday evening from www.shottspipeband.com, with albums shipping on Monday, July 30th. Watch this space for more information! ... See MoreSee Less

The wait is almost over! Shotts and Dykeheads new album, Rise, will be available for pre-order this Saturday evening from www.shottspipeband.com, with albums shipping on Monday, July 30th. Watch this space for more information!

 

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Will it be released on iTunes/Spotify etc? Or only CD?

Any plans to release a DVD of the concert?

Awesome !! Hope to get a copy to play on the show

My dad would have loved this!!

YES! Aoife Bissett

Emma Louise

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Congratulations to our Drum Major, Abigail Wenlock, who won the Junior Drum Major competition at both the UK Championships in Belfast and the European Championships last weekend in Forres. Well done, Abigail! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to our Drum Major, Abigail Wenlock, who won the Junior Drum Major competition at both the UK Championships in Belfast and the European Championships last weekend in Forres. Well done, Abigail!

 

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Well done!

Congratulations. Well done

congratulations well done Abigail

Congratulations well done.

Well done Abigail, great stuff 👍👍

Well done to you

Congratulations 👏👏👏

Well done

Elaine Wenlock

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Shotts and Dykehead was well represented at the annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition last weekend. The overall winner of the event was Pipe Sergeant Steven Leask, who won the B Grade Piobaireachd and came 2nd in the jig. Ciaren Ross won the open jig competition, which features tunes composed by Duncan Johnstone. Also in the prize lists were Dan Nevans, who came 3rd in both the C Piobaireachd and open jig, and Willie Rowe who took 4th in the B Piobaireachd. Well done to our members on their solo success! ... See MoreSee Less

Shotts and Dykehead was well represented at the annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition last weekend. The overall winner of the event was Pipe Sergeant Steven Leask, who won the B Grade Piobaireachd and came 2nd in the jig. Ciaren Ross won the open jig competition, which features tunes composed by Duncan Johnstone. Also in the prize lists were Dan Nevans, who came 3rd in both the C Piobaireachd and open jig, and Willie Rowe who took 4th in the B Piobaireachd. Well done to our members on their solo success!

 

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Congratulations everyone

Congratulations to all

Congratulations

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia are delighted to release the latest video recording from our sold out ‘Rise’ concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall last August. Thank you once again to Dronechorus for his great video work.

Pipe Major Ryan Canning shares his thinking on the Old School set:

‘The idea was to compile a set comprising tunes made famous by pipe bands between 1990 to 2001 but which haven’t been played since; amongst them, tunes that I enjoyed hearing and playing during my formative piping years. It became apparent that due to the very young age of the Shotts band, the majority of our players hadn’t started piping or drumming when a lot of this music was originally played and some hadn’t even been born. Not only did I want an opportunity to relive a lot of the music from that era, but I wanted our young players to experience it too. The original version of this set was over 22 minutes long and it took a lot of work and hard decisions to bring it down to its current format.’

‘This set was also an excellent opportunity to invite the one and only Pipe Major Bill Livingstone to join us on stage. Bill has been an inspiration to many pipers around the world and through his time with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, has driven pipe band music forward for many years. It was an absolute honour for the band and I to have him lead us through some of his most iconic tunes.’A second set from RIse, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band's Worlds' Week Concert given in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on 9 August 2017. The 'Worlds we...
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Lovely playing. Not quite getting the "old school" part. I'd say a 3 pace roll to E to a marchy tempo is old school. A reel finish to a medley with a splooge of harmony - old school. 🙂 A note to say the waulking songs you played - and once "opened" a 78th FHPB medley (@the Worlds) was sourced from the excellent recording of Cape Breton's Jamie MacInnis and Paul K MacNeill. Hear track one: www.allcelticmusic.com/music/f97b3374-d975-102a-b8f3-000f1f67beb1/Fosgail_An_Dorus_Open_the_Door.... All the very best with the new record folks! Here's hoping to mega downloads!

Ye canny beat a wee dram or 2 with ye morning cigar to warm ye nicky nacky nooos before piping. Up ye kilts 🥃

Great tunes there! Bands of today are missing out by not playing more of the popular older tunes. And so are we, the fans! 🎶😎

Was at the concert with my father. Tremendous in our opinion!

Can I ask about the album

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Congratulations to Shotts Piper Sarah Muir, who traveled to Kansas City and won the Midwest Highland Arts Fund North American Professional Ceol Beag Competition at Winter Storm! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Shotts Piper Sarah Muir, who traveled to Kansas City and won the Midwest Highland Arts Fund North American Professional Ceol Beag Competition at Winter Storm!

 

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Well done Sarah. Congratulations!!

A top notch performance all around! Well deserved win!

She sounded amazing, it was a pleasure to listen to her performance.

Congratulations Sarah!!! 🏆

Well done Sarah x

Well done Sarah!!! X

Congratulations!

Well done.

Way to go Sarah!!

Congratulations Sarah!

Fab👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Great performance.

Very well done👍🏻👍🏻

Well done

Congratulations

Girls rule!! 👍🏻

Well done again Sarah so proud of you 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️❤️❤️ Rx

Well done

Congrats

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Smart tartan, knife pleats. the band should look great!

Love it !

Shered yer Crakin' Pic !!

Whilst the pipe band world has been enjoying the off season, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia has been quietly working away in the background towards the release of our new album - a live recording from our sold-out concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall last August, entitled ‘Rise’. This is currently in production and a release date will be announced in the coming months. However in the meantime, we’re delighted to share with the public this first video as a ‘sneak peak’ of what to expect! Our sincere thanks go to DroneChorus for working with us to record and produce this video.

If you enjoy what you hear, please share our video, and check back frequently for more video updates.

Enjoy our music and interested in joining? The band starts back at practice for the 2018 season this week, and we still have a few spots available for new members. Please get in touch if you’re interested in becoming part of the team!Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band under Pipe Major Ryan Canning presented 'Rise', the 2017 Worlds Week Concert in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. It was ...
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It was a wonderful concert so I look forward to buying the video. 🎶🎼

Thank you for sharing.

Awesome

Powerful

Brilliant

Here here Marion 😊

Daniel Hasson

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Many of our band members are busy entertaining at various Hogmanay parties this evening. Piper Dan Nevans and bass drummer Jamie Matheson are entertaining the crowds at Glasgow Cottiers. Happy New Year to everyone from Shotts and Dykehead! ... See MoreSee Less

Many of our band members are busy entertaining at various Hogmanay parties this evening. Piper Dan Nevans and bass drummer Jamie Matheson are entertaining the crowds at Glasgow Cottiers. Happy New Year to everyone from Shotts and Dykehead!

 

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Wishing you every success in 2018

Stunning music 🎶 X

Shotts piper Dan Nevans is through to the next round of the Scots Guards Club's Knockout Contest. On Sunday evening Dan and Jamie Elder, of Inveraray and District Pipe Band, came head to head in the Knockout Contest, with a standing room only crowd voting Dan as the winner. Dan performs in the next round in early 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

Shotts piper Dan Nevans is through to the next round of the Scots Guards Clubs Knockout Contest. On Sunday evening Dan and Jamie Elder, of Inveraray and District Pipe Band, came head to head in the Knockout Contest, with a standing room only crowd voting Dan as the winner. Dan performs in the next round in early 2018.

 

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well done dan...

Atta boy, Dan!!!

Shotts pipers Danny Hutcheson and Luke Kennedy enjoyed playing at last night's St Andrew's Day Ceilidh in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. They took to the stage as part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, joining the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and traditional musicians Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain. ... See MoreSee Less

Shotts pipers Danny Hutcheson and Luke Kennedy enjoyed playing at last nights St Andrews Day Ceilidh in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. They took to the stage as part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, joining the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and traditional musicians Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain.

Saturday was a busy day for our Pipe Major, Ryan Canning, who judged the Chanter events at #ShottsJuniorComp! His company, Canning Reedmakers, sponsored a number of events providing copies of The Blockbuster and sets of Canning Drone Reeds. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday was a busy day for our Pipe Major, Ryan Canning, who judged the Chanter events at #ShottsJuniorComp! His company, Canning Reedmakers, sponsored a number of events providing copies of The Blockbuster and sets of Canning Drone Reeds.

 

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Looking well kid

Stunning pipe music 🎶 in this picture. God bless everyone this week ☺

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We'd like to thank Armstrong Bagpipes who donated a set of ABM4a Bagpipes for the Aged 18 and Under Overall Winner, Finlay Cameron, presented by Chris Armstrong. ... See MoreSee Less

Wed like to thank Armstrong Bagpipes who  donated a set of ABM4a Bagpipes for the Aged 18 and Under Overall Winner, Finlay Cameron, presented by Chris Armstrong.

Many thanks to Ace Percussion for their continued support of #ShottsJuniorComp Here are some of the prizewinners from the tenor drumming events. ... See MoreSee Less

Many thanks to Ace Percussion for their continued support of #ShottsJuniorComp Here are some of the prizewinners from the tenor drumming events.
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