World?s best hear the call from Maclean
MACLEAN has attracted some of the world's best adjudicators for the 101st Maclean Highland Gathering this year.
The three judges, who are world-renowned in their fields, will stay in Maclean for about a week.
Scot Malcolm McRae is one of the world's leading authorities on Scottish Piobaireach music.
Robin Livingston will be judging the bands and Marion Clow (Scotland) will judge the Highland Dancing with Margaret Paterson from Brisbane.
A total of 27 bands and over 800 competitors will compete in a range of competition over both days, Friday and Saturday.
The program will start at 12 o'clock at the showground on Friday afternoon and will spill into the main street that night for a Scottish 'Ceilidh'.
The night program consists of pipe bands, Highland dancers, Scottish country dancers, a massed band display and a mini-concert by members of the Perth Highlanders.
On Saturday morning at 8.30am the bands will be competing for the title of 'Best Pipe Band on Parade'.
This spectacular display brings thousands of spectators into Maclean to witness the colour, sight and sound of all the bands coming together.
Following the street march the bands head for the showground to compete in a threegrade pipe band contest.
That program features bands, Highland dancers, solo piping competitions and the big men in all the Highland sport activities.
The massed pipe band display will close the day with 500 pipes and drums to thrill the big crowd on the hill at the Maclean showground.
The Scottish Concert on Saturday night at the Civic Hall features Scottish culture at its best. The star attraction is the Jock N' Kilts band from Brisbane. Seat reservations are strongly recommend.