Contestants announced for Pipe Idol 2018

Pipe Idol 2017 winner Robbie MacIsaac


Pipe Idol is back for 2018! This year’s competition features top young international talent with players from Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United States and New Zealand vying for the title.

Each day, four competitors will play a March, Strathspey and Reel, a four-part Hornpipe and Jig, and a musical selection of no more than five minutes in front of a live audience and a hidden panel of judges in the Street Cafe at The National Piping Centre. The winner of each round will go on the compete in the Grand Final, held at the Strathclyde Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 16th August 2018. Pipe Idol is sponsored by Fred Morrison Pipes.

Competing in this year’s competition:

Monday 13th August (15.30)
1) Marshall Allan, Scotland
2) Bobby Allen, Scotland
3) Luke Kennedy, Scotland
4) Ciaren Ross, Scotland

Tuesday 14th August (15.30)
1) Callum Carn, New Zealand
2) Louis Newman, New Zealand
3) Douglas Mair, Scotland
4) Lewis MacDonald, New Zealand

Wednesday 15th August (15.30)
1) Hamish Reade, New Zealand
2) Christopher Happs, Scotland
3) Joseph Horwath, USA
4) Ryan Cupples-Menendez, Northern Ireland

Thursday 16th August (12.00)
1) James Stone, Republic of Ireland
2) Eosaph Caimbeul, Scotland
3) Anna Smart, New Zealand
4) Lewis Russell, Scotland

Open to young pipers aged 21 or under on the day of the Grand Final, the competition is a valuable stepping stone for solo pipers hoping to compete on the world stage. Previous winners of the competition include Robbie MacIsaac (2017), Callum Craib (2016), Scott Barrie (2015), Calum Brown (2014), Angus J. MacColl (2013), Connor Sinclair (2012), Sarah Muir (2011) and Alex Gandy (2010). Good luck to all of the competitors!

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