Stuart Liddell has long been one of my favorite pipers. His relaxed, yet deadly accurate execution and tasteful musical arrangements and interpretations coupled with a flawless, sweet pipe has always been a standard by which I have only dreamed of aspiring to. Although Stuart has often been better known for his "kitchenpiping" style of playing, his knowlege and ability of the more traditional disciplines of piobaireachd and MSR playing rank up there with the repected masters of our generation.
Stuart accomplished yet another milestone in his stellar piping career by winning the 2009 Glenfiddich Champion at the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championships held at Blair Castle. His first time winning the prize, Liddell concluded an amazing year that included the Northern Meeting Clasp and sweeping every grade two event with the Inveraray & District Pipe Band as Pipe-Major, assuring the bands promotion to grade 1.
Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow won the Piobaireachd event for an record eighth time, with Bruce Gandy of Canada as runner up. Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, took home the MSR and narrowly missed winning a ninth overall title.