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:: The Blackthorn Pipers' Society, which meets in Dromore and which has in the past secured the services of such luminaries as Gordon Walker for its recitals, continues its new season by meeting one Wednesday a month in the town's Thyme Square Bistro from 7.30pm. Upcoming dates for your diaries are November 18 and December 16,and then January 20, February 17, March 16 and April 20 next year.
:: There are a couple of noteworthy socials events taking place tonight which will appeal to the wider piping community. Drumlough pipe band in Rathfriland are hosting a concert in the town's High School (doors open 7.30) at which the headliners are Major Sinclair Memorial, winners of the 4A Worlds crown in Glasgow this summer. There will also be a special guest appearance by Craig Munro of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Admission is £7, and to book a ticket call band secretary Hugh Bell on 02840638828. Meanwhile the Co Armagh drum majors' class are hosting an evening of entertainment in Marlacoo Hall from 7.30pm, where the pipe bands taking part include Marlacoo and Lisbeg Pipe Band. Among the other acts are Derryfubble accordion band, singers, dancers, a solo piper and drummer, and displays from the drum major. Admission (£7 and £3 for children) includes a light supper.
:: Applications to the new National Juvenile Pipe Band Fund are now open to Association-registered juvenile and novice juvenile bands. Bands who wish to take advantage of this fund, set up to help these bands with their finances, should download the appropriate form and submit it as requested. All applications will be considered on their merits by the fund committee chaired by RSPBA finance director Kenny Crothers. The sort of assistance that will be considered will range from help with band bus fees, to tuition and instruments.
:: A charity fundraising concert entitled ‘A Touch of Tartan' will be held in Greystone primary school in Antrim on Friday November 6. Taking part are Ravara and the Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile pipe bands, Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dancing and Ian Burrows & Kenny Qua on Scottish small-pipes, guitar and whistles. Compere is John Wallace of Waringsford pipe band. The concert is organised by the RSPBANI and all proceeds go to president Winston Pinkerton's nominated charity Friends of the Cancer Centre. Tickets (£10) are available online at www.rspbani.org or from the Branch office on 028 92670445.
:: The RSPBA's Mid-Ulster Section holds its annual meeting next Wednesday in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown.