‘Our Tunes. Our Places’ theme inspired by titles of tunes in band’s repertoire

Our 2019 calendar – and an exhibition of the photos taken for it – is to be launched at the Loft Café in the town’s Peffer Place this Saturday (20 October). The theme of the new calendar is ‘Our Tunes. Our Places.’, with the photos – all taken by local photographer Nick Callaghan – inspired by the titles of tunes in the band’s repertoire and shot in local locations.

Following the launch of the calendar, the Loft Café will stage the exhibition of the 13 photographs until January.

“We have had a lot of fun – and a few challenges – putting these shots together,” said Alastair Bruce, chairman of the band’s board, “and as ever, Nick Callaghan has done a fantastic job. His creativity is there for all to see in shots drawn from titles such as Castle Dangerous, Green Hills, the Haddington Turnpike, My Land, Wings, Lochanside, the Drunken Piper, Dark Island and others.”

Among the locations used this year are Traprain Law (for a stunning sunrise), Pressmennan, St Mary’s Kirk, Nine Stone Rig on the Lammermuirs, Thorter Burn waterfall, and a very rainy Nungate Bridge.

“We are extremely grateful to Nick Callaghan, to the businesses who have very kindly sponsored the production, to many others who have helped us with the photo shoots, and to the band members who as ever were game for participating in the shoots,” said Alastair Bruce.

The calendar will shortly be on sale for £5 at various shops, libraries and other outlets – including the Loft – locally. It can also be purchased online by emailing

All funds raised from this calendar will be used to pay for tuition, instruments, uniforms and other initiatives which help the band to develop and make a positive contribution to the town and the community.



The band’s annual Burns Night is to take place on the evening of Saturday 27 January, with the Scout Hall again the venue. Among the distinguished speakers are Ian Sutherland, who will be giving the Immortal Memory; David Leckie, who will give the toast to the haggis; and Garry Menzies, who will perform Holy Willie’s Prayer. Joe Forte will offer the toast to the band, while the assembled company will deliver the epic Tam O’Shanter and music will be provided by Stuart Davie and Jim Wilson.

Tickets (£12, concessions £10) are available from committee members or from Joe Forte Sports in Haddington High Street.



Haddington Pipe Band’s 2017 award winners with the Provost of East Lothian, John McMillan, at our AGM. Left to right: Alexander Hogg, winner of the Gail Wilkinson Award for the most improved young piper, Provost John McMillan, David Paterson, winner of the Band Member of the Year, and Catriona Dee, winner of the Niall Fairgrieve Award for the most improved young drummer.