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  • KPC member 'Tealight' has written his own tune inspired by nights in the bothy and has now cut his first rough-mix disc in the recording studio.  The tune is called Bothy Life and we think it will go platinum shortly.  Enjoy!


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    If you've never heard of Gangstagrass then we've just done you a big favour.  These chaps/ettes - from New York, USA - fuse Hip-Hop and Bluegrass (yes, really) to make a unique and unforgettable sound. Gangstagrass has formed a fitting backdrop for many a KPC moot over the years, so we were overjoyed when, at last, they hip-hopped across the pond to the UK for a tour.  Due to some over-enthusiastic ticket booking we ended up down in Bristol on board the good ship Thekla which proved to be a cracking venue for a truly amazing gig.

    Their set was a tour de force of old and new tunes that kept the KPC chaps leaping about all night.  After the gig we got chatting to band members - all lovely people - and we bagged a few memorable photos of the occasion.  All we ask is that they come back here and soon!


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    Maclean John Dorward, proprietor of specialist tobacconist GT Coventry of Kirkcaldy, Fife, has died aged 60 after a short illness.

    Maclean was a true gentleman who cared greatly for his fellow man and his customers alike and he will be sorely missed by KPC members and those who knew him.  He was also well respected and loved by fellow traders at the end of Kirkcaldy's High Street.  See Fife Free Press article.

    GT Coventry was a wonderful specialist tobacconist and bookshop that epitomised the phrase 'old school' and was a joy to visit where Maclean always had time for a blether.  Sadly, 'GT's' will be sold as a retail premises, meaning that Scotland will lose one of its last remaining specialist tobacconists.

    On behalf of the KPC I would like to send our sincerest condolences to Maclean's family.

    Sergeant Matron

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    It appears that the MBA are on the warpath against "commercial interests" using bothies for their 'adventure holidays' and such like.  As a responsible and definitely non-commercial bothy-based pipe club, the KPC stands four-square behind the MBA on this important issue.  KPC members are encouraged to report to the MBA any commercial shenanagins that they come across in their bothy travels.  KPC members are also encouraged to catalogue and then purge any commercial advertising bilge from adventure/guiding/outdoor knobber groups that they may find in the bothy.  

    The KPC has contacted the MBA offering our full support and assistance in a joint approach to purge the spectre of the filthy lucre from our shared sacred spaces.

    See BBC report (featuring Kearvaig) HERE and MBA website below.


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