Entry into Crater

William Grieve
March, 9/8

A good 9/8 is hard to find. This is a goodie, and never heard. If anyone knows anything about “W. Grieve” I’d love to hear from you.




  • Hi Jim,

    W. Grieve is a former Pipe Major of the Calgary Highlanders, who still resides in Alberta. He’s got few other great little known tunes out there as well. Here’s the bio from the Calgary Highlanders Website.

    A native Scotsman and former Pipe Sergeant with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the British Army, William (Willy) Grieve set high standards for both discipline and music.

    “Born in 1945, Pipe Major Grieve started his musical training at the age of twelve, joining the British Army five years later. After his basic training, he became a piper in the Argylls in 1963. He is a graduate of the British Army Pipe Majors Course, and joined the Pipes and Drums of the Calgary Highlanders in September 1981.”

    • Thanks Mike. I actually was in touch with Bill a year or so ago. He gave me more tunes and lots of bio information. I just need the time to incorporate it into the site! What you’ve given us here is a help though. Thank you. JM

  • Malcolm MacDonald

    It was written to commemorate the re-taking of the Crater district in Aden in 1967 after a massacre of British troops in the district by the local armed police who mutinied. The politicians decided that as the British Army were just about to pull out as Aden was to get it’s independence, it was decided to just leave it. However, the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who lost a few men in the massacre had just take over as resident battalion. It’s CO Lt. Col. Colin Mitchell disagreed and basically disobeying Middle East Command refused to let the Regiment leave unavenged. The Battalion moved in and occupying machine gun positions dominating the area woke the area with the pipes and drums playing Long Reveille.

  • Anything available in euros or sterling please? A fantastic and very helpful site. Good luck Bob

    • Jim McGillivray

      I’m not sure what you mean by if there is anything available in euros or Sterling. The prices show in Canadian, but when you purchase with a credit card or PayPal it will show up in your statement in your home currency, just like if you are to come to Canada and buy something with your credit card.

  • A jist came across the site.nice tae hear the guid thoughts on Pipe Major William Grieve,a speak with Willie every other day,like us aw he has his guid days and better,he gives me help wie`ma Pipes as am a keen student moving in`tae ma second year wie the G.H.B. and it`s noo easy,but Wullie gie`s me great encouragement,a will tell him the guid thoughts,cheers and aw the best.

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