There have been several ‘moments’ since we launched Kintyre Gin eight months ago – christening the still ‘Big Don, the first bottle being filled and stoppered, winning a few awards but this weekend was up there with the best of them and will be difficult to beat (pun absolutely intended).
We are delighted and very, very proud to be sponsoring the newly formed Beinn an Tuirc Kintyre Pipe Band. The band was formed to give school leavers who were keen to keep piping and drumming, a band to be a part of. They showcased their talents alongside the two school bands on Saturday night at the Victoria Hall in Campbeltown. The room was packed and to say they raised the roof is an understatement.
The two junior bands performed first and both were fantastic. It’s brilliant that so many youngsters are keen to take up piping and drumming and with a fairly even split of boys and girls, it’s a great equal playing field for young people.
When the Beinn an Tuirc Kintyre Pipe Band entered the hall Niall and I both felt quite emotional to see the bass drum, emblazoned with the Beinn an Tuirc logo, being rhythmically beaten by Kyle Colville. With around 13 pipers and 14 drummers, it was a stirring performance and such a fantastic association for our brand.
All three bands played together for the finale and it was an amazing sight to see, not to mention the sound. Kintyre is brimming with musical talent and it is wonderful that the new band allows continuity and progression for our young musicians.
The Beinn an Tuirc Kintyre Pipe Band will compete at the British Championships in May, the Scottish Championships in July and the World Championships in August, so it will be a very busy year for them. We are so excited about this partnership and wish them every success for the future.