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28 years of Lowland and Border piping competitions

At this year's competition, held on Saturday April 2nd in Edinburgh, the winner of the open class for Lowland/Border pipes was Paul Roberts. This year was the 28th competition. The very first Lowland and Border Pipers' competition was held at the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh in 1984. The winner then was Paul Roberts.

A recording of his remarkable performance this year is available here. Thanks to the Archive of the School of Scottish Studies, we are delighted to be able to also present here his winning entry from 1984.

Full results of this year's competition, and recordings of the winning entries will be available here very soon; it is also hoped that we will make more archive recordings available as and when they are edited and permission obtained from the performers.

Lowland and Border Open Class 2011; 1st place: Paul Roberts 'Lancashire Pipes'

Lowland and Border Solo Class 1984; 1st place: Paul Roberts 'Tweedside'/ 'Holy Ha'penny'

[The LBPS is grateful to Peter Cooke, who made the original recordings, and to the School of Scottish Studies Archives, Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, for permission to broadcast the archive recording]

More information about, and the original source music for, 'Lancashire Pipes' - the piece performed by Paul this year - is available HERE