Vipond gets nod for Hall
The Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame holds its induction ceremony Friday, May 24, at the Bonnie Glen Pavilion in Alexandria. This is the first of a series of inductee biographies submitted by the Hall of Fame.
Bill Vipond, shown below, was raised on a farm near Summerstown, where he began to sing in the Sa lem church choir. His love of music soon found him singing at weddings, which he really enjoyed. Scottish and Irish music soon took over and with the influences of the Alexander Brothers, Andy Stewart and Kenneth McKellar, he started to do socials, concerts and parties. One of his personal highlights was performing at the opening of the Oshawa Highland Games. He was also very proud of being part of the Highland dancing award night where he presented and performed for the dancers and their families to promote Scottish heritage.
In 1968, he formed a band called the Tartans and started to travel around Glengarry performing at Robbie Burns’ nights with the Old Time Fiddlers. This was a busy time for him being a family man, policeman and beef farmer. The Tartans continued to play until his untimely death on May 12, 1976 when he drowned at the age of 34.