Last weekend was the Metro Cup, one of the premier piping events in North America. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend, but from all reports there was some fantastic piping to be had.
Our Piobaireachd Wednesday tune for today was recorded at that event. The player is Bobby Durning, a young piper from New Jersey, who has competed at the Metro Cup several times as an amateur and this year made his debut in the professional competition. His tune was Desperate Battle of the Birds, one of my favorite tunes, and I think you’ll agree he had a pretty good run at it.
This performance earned Bobby sixth place, which is not too shabby if you consider the rest of the prize list, who you may be hearing from a bit later: Angus MacColl, Stuart Liddell, Alex Gandy, Chris Armstrong, and Bruce Gandy. Well done, Bobby, for rounding out such a distinguished prize list, and congratulations on a great performance in your first Metro Cup as a professional.
Thanks to my friend John Daggett for recording the video. He sends his apologies for the poor video quality, but the sound is what matters here on Piobaireachd Wednesday, and that came out pretty well.
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