2021 Virtual Competition

With our normal format of 95 events curtailed for a second successive year, we decided to host a virtual programme – supported by EventScotland – to maintain the spirit of our 154-year-old cultural and sporting showcase.

Although our Games are normally held on the Village Green on the first Saturday in August in front of 10,000 spectators, regrettably we took the decision back in March once again to cancel this year due to continued uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.

Please enjoy the Virtual experience which we have put together for you today to mark another year of traditions at Aboyne. We look forward to welcoming you all back ‘in person’ on Saturday 6th August 2022.

Media

Heavy Events Demonstration

Watch
Dancing Demonstration

Dancer Demonstration

Watch
Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

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Piping Competition

Following our highly successful 2020 Virtual Piping Competitions, our renowned and highly regarded Piping Convenor, Dr Jack Taylor, suggested that we host this again for a second year on the 7th August. The 4 categories were to be the Adult Open March, Open Piobaireachd, Open Strathspey & Reel and Open Hornpipe & Jig. We had 40 very high standard entries from all over the world. Competitors submitted their recordings. Over the following days, the judges from across the globe listened to the recordings and made their decisions. Congratulations to our winners.

Results

Open Piobaireachd
1st Place
Ian K. MacDonald
Ontario
With
The Unjust Incarceration
2nd Place
Gordon McCready
Renfrew
With
Big Spree
3rd Place
Bruce Gandy
Halifax Nova Scotia
With
Lullaby for Colin Alexander
4th Place
Bobby Durning
USA
With
Lament for MacSwan of Roaig
5th Place
Brendon Eade
New Zealand
With
Lament for Donald Ban Macrimmon
Open March
1st Place
Bruce Gandy
With
Abercairney Highlanders
2nd Place
Calum Brown
Aberdeen
With
Leaving Glenurqhuart
3rd Place
Ashley McMichael
Ireland
With
The Duchess of Edinburgh
4th Place
John Dew
Crieff
With
Rothiemurchus
Open Strathspey and Reel
1st Place
Ian K. Macdonald
With
Lady MacKenzie of Gareloch
Little Cascade
2nd Place
Gordon McReady
Renfrew
With
Blair Drummond
Big Spree
3rd Place
Jamie Forrester
Edinburgh
With
Catlodge
Neil Angus MacDonald
4th Place
Bruce Gandy
With
Delvinside
Stornoway Castle
Open Hornpipe and Jig
1st Place
Ian K. Macdonald
2nd Place
Gordon McReady
3rd Place
David Wilton
Dundee
4th Place
Brendan Eade

Fiddle Competition

2021 saw our first Virtual Fiddle Competition. This was co-ordinated and judged by Paul Anderson MBE and his wife Shona. The categories were to use all those already on the Games Programme. Any 2 Scottish Tunes 12 years and under, Any 3 Scottish Tunes 15 years and under and finally Air, Slow March, Strathspey and Reel 16 years and over. A 1st place was also awarded to the Best Local entry. We had a large entry for all 3 categories from all over the world.

Results

Graham Ross Trophy 12 and under (Any 2 Scottish Tunes)
Sponsors
Ian MacDonald Architecture
1st Place
Emma Cameron
Marks (/100)
78
2nd Place
Andrew Farquharson
76
3rd Place
Amelie Wisely
72
4th Place
Anna MacDonald
71
Zoe Reynolds
Jessica Watson
Tara Norris-Wylie
Taylor Anderson
James Scott Skinner Trophy 15 and Under (Any 3 Scottish Tunes)
Sponsors
Chris Caldwell
1st Place
Amelia Parker
Marks (/100)
82
2nd Place
Ruaridh Drennan
80
3rd Place
Kitty Sykes
79
4th Place
Rhona Fraser
78.5
Katie Gibbs
Erin Hulme
Luca Sant Angelo
Tia Morrison
Peter Milne Trophy 16 and Over (Slow Air, March, Strathspey and Reel)
Sponsors
Bill Barclay Kiltmaker, Strathdon
1st Place
Heather Anderson
Marks (/100)
88
2nd Place
Piroska Charlotte Amara
87
3rd Place =
Karen Steven
86
3rd Place =
Duncan Lean
86
4th Place
Eilidh Anderson
85
Erin Ewing
Jemma Christie
Cassie Findlay
Rhiann Matthew
Local Competition 1st Place Only
1st Place
Heather Anderson
Rhiann Matthew
Eilidh Anderson
Jemma Christie
Amelie Wisely
Luca Sant Angelo

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