Allan MacDonald and Seonaidh MacIntyre

Following on from their performance at TradFest in the Bagpipes Gu Leor concert, we are delighted to be welcoming this West Coast duo to Piping Live! Allan MacDonald A leading light in the Gaelic musical scene, Allan MacDonald is in demand internationally as a composer, musical director, piper, singer, workshop leader, and lecturer on Gaelic… Read more »

Angus MacColl

Born in Benderloch, near Oban, Angus MacColl initially learnt the pipes from his father. He has won Gold Medals at both the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering. He has also won the former winners Clasp at the Northern Meeting, and several Ceòl Beag prizes. He currently teaches at the Oban High School. He has won… Read more »

Auckland and District Pipe Band

The band was formed in 1929 as the Auckland and District Highland Pipe Band and adopted the Hunting Menzies tartan in honour of its first Pipe-Major, George Cowper. George was formerly of the Dundee City Police Pipe Band, and latterly Tayside Police, who also wore this tartan. We are still one of only two bands… Read more »

Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band are one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music. Inspired by their rich heritage and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today’s Scottish cultural scene, which they have done much to create and fuel, their seamless fusion of ancient and contemporary music and song has continually evolved over the decades, confirming… Read more »


Steven Bodénès and Sylvain Hamon are playing together as a duet for nearly 15 years, animating Festoù-noz (Breton Ceilidh) and also competing in duet championships. They both have a solid playing experience, Steven as the conductor of the famous Bagad Kemper, and Sylvain as a piper with Bagad Cap Caval and experienced soloist too. Over… Read more »

Brighde Chaimbeul

Brighde Chaimbeul (Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner 2016) is a piper from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. She has been described by Tim Chipping, fRoots Magazine, as an “exceptional musician” and by Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2’s Folk Show, as a “mesmerising piper”. She has performed as part of many festivals across the UK including… Read more »

Callum Beaumont

Building on a long career in both solo and band environments Callum has come to the fore as one of the worlds most prominent and sought after pipers.  The winner of some of the most famous competitions in world piping he includes being the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Clasp at the Northern Meetings… Read more »

Chris Ormiston

Chris received his first set on his 15th birthday, and by the end of his teens had won every Open competition for the instrument.  Initially self-taught, he sought inspiration from recordings of the piping stalwarts of the 20th Century; Tom Clough, Billy Pigg, George Atkinson and Joe Hutton, and to this day he retains a… Read more »

Cuncordia a Launeddas

The Cultural Association “CUNCORDIA A LAUNEDDAS” was formed in 1987 in Cagliari. The founders come from the School organised in 1982 by the town Council of Cagliari and directed by Luigi Lai, the most famous master of launeddas. During those years, the ancient Sardinian instrument was experiencing a moment of crisis just as the island’s… Read more »

Davidson’s Mains Pipe Band

Davidson’s Mains and District Pipe Band, formed in 2010 by Pipe Major Clare Miller, is now in it’s fifth year as a competing band. Last year saw the ‘senior band’ with 25 members aged between 10 and 17, entering the adult grading as a Grade 4b band. There are also 25 members competing in the… Read more »

DRÅM – Nordic drone music

The bagpipes are traditionally not particularly associated with Sweden, but they have actually been played there for centuries (mostly in pastoral settings) and have experienced a popular revival over the last decades, thanks to the work of groups such as “Dråm”. The name – pronounced “drohm” – means “drone” in a Swedish dialect, an apt… Read more »

Eddie and Luc

Hailing from Glasgow’s vibrant traditional music scene, Piper and Whistle player Eddie Seaman (Barluath) and Guitarist/Singer Luc McNally (Dosca) combine in an exciting new duo. Since meeting in Glasgow in 2013 both musicians have toured extensively with several lineups including band’s such as Barlauth, Dosca and Sketch. They released their first EP Headlights in 2015… Read more »


Eriska is a six-piece Glasgow-based folk band established in 2016. The band’s line up includes members from the traditional music, jazz, and classical courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The members draw upon their disparate backgrounds and combine rock, jazz and folk styles to create a unique sound using both traditional tunes and band… Read more »

Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail

The Féis Fhoirt Céilidh Trail is an annual project that allows young musicians to tour the Stirling, Falkirk and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area throughout the summer. The 2017 Ceilidh Trail already have a wealth of experience, with past and present members from The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, City of Edinburgh… Read more »

Fergus Muirhead

Fergus Muirhead has acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Piping Live Festival in Glasgow since its inception. He has also compered events at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh and he is regularly involved in concerts featuring the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland at home and overseas. He is an experienced… Read more »

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band is one of the leading pipe bands in the world, and the most influential and successful pipe band from Northern Ireland ever. Led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE, Pipe Sergeant Alastair Dunn and Drum Sergeant Keith Orr, the band has won every major championship title available, including ten… Read more »

Fin Moore and Sarah Hoy Trio

Fin Moore, pipes and Sarah Hoy, fiddle, both come from families steeped in Scottish traditional music. Sessions and house ceilidhs were a great part of their musical upbringings. Sarah’s Dad, Derek was a member of the highly acclaimed band Jock Tamson’s Bairns, and Fin’s being at the forefront of the bellows pipes revival in Scotland…. Read more »

Finlay Johnston

Finlay Johnston began piping at the age of 8 and was originally taught by his Grandfather Alasdair Sinclair from Tiree and Mother Anne Johnston (Sinclair). Shortly after this Finlay began receiving lessons from Ronnie McShannon and has continued to do so until present. This teacher pupil relationship has now lasted 23 years. His mother Anne… Read more »

Highland Thistle Pipe Band

The Highland Thistle Pipe Band was founded in Buenos Aires thirty five years ago by a group of friends who wanted to form an independent band which would dedicate their efforts entirely to Scottish music and dancing, and especially to emulate the sound and format of traditional Scottish pipe bands. The Band’s main goal has… Read more »

Hugh Cheape

Professor Hugh Cheape is a leading scholar in the history and culture of the Highlands, and has a longstanding academic interest in the Highland bagpipe and its music, culture and history. He was responsible for developing the bagpipe collection of National Museums Scotland, the bulk of which is now at the Museum of Piping at… Read more »

Ian K. MacDonald

“Ian K” began playing at the age of eight years old and was taught by his father, P/M John MacDonald. At thirteen he received instruction from Jim McGillivray who introduced Ian and his older brother, Craig to Piobaireachd. This was the year he also became a member of the Toronto Police Pipe Band where he… Read more »

Inveraray and District Pipe Band

In 2003, renowned piper Stuart Liddell took up a new position teaching piping in schools in the Mid Argyll area. He had always had a vision that Inveraray might one day have a pipe band again, the previous Inveraray Pipe Band having disbanded in the late 1930s. In September 2003, the Inveraray Piping Project was… Read more »

Jack Lee

For 30 years, Jack Lee has been regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world. As a Solo Piper, Jack has won all the top awards available… The Gold… Read more »

John Mulhearn and Friends

Piper,producer and NPC instructor John Mulhearn will be performing a set of his own pipe and whistle compositions – alongside carefully curated tunes from the traditional canon – accompanied by some of Glasgow’s finest talent including Michael Byrne on guitar.

Johnstone Pipe Band

Johnstone Pipe Band are under the leadership of Pipe Major Keith J Bowes, Pipe Sergeant Douglas Campbell and Leading Drummer Leslie Galbraith. They have made a rapid ascend to grade one winning the Worlds in grade 3a in 2014 and the Worlds in grade 2 in 2015 and 2016. They have a successful feeder system… Read more »

Jose Manuel Tejedor Trio

This new group led by José Manuel Tejedor, brings us their latest creations. After 20 years of walking wiht his group “Tejedor”, take a break to introduce us this new proyect accompanied by two excellent musicians. Rubén Bada (Bouzuoki and fiddle). In his long career he has worked with groups like Xeliba, Dixebra,Tejedor, Llacín pipe… Read more »

Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band

The original R. P. Blandford & Son Pipe Band was formed in 1986 by founding pipe major Kevin R. Blandford. Kevin gave private lessons at his family’s British Imports store in Redlands and was the pipe band director at Upland High School. In 1994, the band (along with Kevin’s students) entered in its first pipe… Read more »

MacMillan Pipe Band

The MacMillan Pipe Band of Washington, D.C. is the premier competitive group of the MacMillan-United Pipe Bands, one of the largest piping and drumming organizations in the United States. Started in 2001 as an alumni group to a local youth teaching program, MacMillan is now comprised of over 100 members across three bands in Grades… Read more »

Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band

The Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band was founded in 1975 in the Village of Midlothian, Illinois (USA) with the aim of creating Chicago’s first truly competitive pipe band. The band experienced a storied rise from Grade 4 to Grade 1 while ultimately remaining a perennial contender in Grade 2 throughout the US and Canada. The founders,… Read more »

Mladá Dudácká Muzika (Youth Bagpipe Band)

Mladá dudácká muzika (Youth Bagpipe Band) was formed in Strakonice, Czech Republic, in 2006. The band has eleven members, whose the oldest member was born in 1991. The instrumentation is in the traditional form known as “velká dudácká muzika” (“a big bagpipe band”), i.e. an E flat clarinet, two B flat clarinets, two bagpipes, three… Read more »

New York Metro Pipe Band

The NY Metro Pipe Band was formed in January 2010 under the leadership of Pipe Major Mike Mahoney and Lead Drummer Adrian Mordaunt. The founding vision was simple: build a world-class, internationally competitive band comprised of the best pipers and drummers in the New York metropolitan area. It was the brain child of Iona College… Read more »

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band was established in 2005. Following the bands early success piping and drumming became part of the curriculum in schools in December 2007, with pupils receiving fortnightly lessons. In 2016, the Novice A Pipe Band were crowned World Champions at the World Pipe Band Championships. North Lanarkshire Council have made a… Read more »

North Stratton Pipe Band

North Stratton Pipe Band is based out of Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The band is under the direction of PM Hugh Armstrong and Drum Sergeant Michael Hansen. The band was formed in the fall of 2014 and proudly wears the North Stratton Tartan. The band currently has over 40 members on its active roster. North Stratton… Read more »

Nova Musa

Piping Live! welcomes the master of the Molisana Zamogna, Piero Ricci back to the festival, with his latest group Nova Musa. The group also includes Ernest Carracillo (organetto), Paolo Zampogna (bassoon) and Marco Zampogna (horn), Emilia Aktiamova (piano), Morris Capone (bass) and Antonello Iannotta (tambourine).

Peatbog Faeries

“Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye’s finest, where you should always expect the unexpected. Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure.” fRoots Following the release of their latest album Blackhouse this legendary band will once more be back on the road in 2017 to delight audiences countrywide. Hailing from… Read more »

People’s Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band was formed by a group of Boghall residents in 1972 and first competed in September 1973. They progressed steadily through the grades and in 1978 and 1979 won the Grade 2 Champion of Champions award in both seasons. This was a remarkable achievement and earned the senior band promotion… Read more »

Pipers Trail

The Pipers Trail is an exciting initiative to connect musicians here and around the world and create a new collective of pipers and drummers from around the globe. They will perform each night at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo under the direction of Pipe Major Alisdair McLaren, who is also the Director of the National… Read more »

Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipe Band

The Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were formed in 2002 and followed on in the piping and drumming tradition of the Police band in its previous form, The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC. The band now competes in Grade 1, having been upgraded in 2016 after… Read more »

Professor Joshua Dickson

Professor Joshua Dickson is Head of Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Born and raised in Alaska, he arrived in Scotland in 1992 to study Scottish Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen (MA, 1996). He then undertook doctoral research in the history of the piping tradition of the southern Outer Hebrides at the… Read more »

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right, the past 10 years have seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet! They are bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a… Read more »

Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart

2016 Danny Kyle Award winning duo Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart are launching their debut EP ‘Accidental Belterism’. Charlie is BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 and Ross is a recent graduate of the piping degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The duo will be joined by Luc McNally on… Read more »

Scott Figgins and Scott Garden

Both Year 3 students of the BMus Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scott Figgins and Scott Garden study principally as pipers and have gained extensive experience practising many different aspects of the ever-expanding piping tradition. Both from Irvine in Ayrshire, ‘The Two Scotts’ grew up piping together in their local pipe… Read more »

Scottish Fire and Rescue Novice Juvenile Pipe Band

The band was officially formed in September 2015, after it was decided to form a Novice band from the existing training & development band. They have been led since then by Pipe Major Olly Brownlie. The band are a registered competing band and since making our debut at the 2016 British Championships have gone onto… Read more »

Shimmy Grand Ceilidh Band

Made up of 3 professional musicians (Gregor Blamey – accordion and piano, David Burke – fiddle, and Gerry Sludden – percussion, DJ and caller), Shimmy Grand is an innovative Scottish ceilidh band with many years of experience playing around Scotland, the UK and abroad. Their musical style offers two very different approaches: a traditional ceilidh… Read more »

St Andrew’s Pipe Band, Brisbane

St Andrew’s Pipe Band of Brisbane, Australia returns to Scotland in 2017 for the second time in their 72-year history. The inaugural trip (2015) was successful with a win at North Berwick and 10th Place in the Grade 2 Final of the World Pipe Band Championships. The band was established in 1945, following the Second… Read more »

Stuart Liddell

Stuart Liddell, from Inveraray, started piping at the age of nine and was originally taught by his grandfather, the late Pipe Major Ronald McCallum M.B.E. He has also had tuition from Jim Henderson and Hugh MacCallum. For seven years he was a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band thereafter joining the Simon Fraser University… Read more »

The Armagh Pipers Club

The Armagh Pipers Club was established in 1966 and 2016 marked the club’s 50th Anniversary. The group playing at Piping Live! this year represents the future of the club as in addition to playing in many of the club groups they are also actively involved teaching in the club either full time or part time…. Read more »

The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band

The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band, most recently known as The Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band Inc. participates in parades, public performances, corporate events and functions. They are based at Windsor, New South Wales. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s the band was active in local community events and pipe band competitions. But over the… Read more »

The Jefferson Pipe Band

The band formed in 1985 as the Shasta Pipe Band but the name was changed in the late 1990’s to The Jefferson Pipe Band after the mythical state of Jefferson that almost was in 1941. The name more accurately describes the area of Southern Oregon and Northern California in which our members live. The band… Read more »

The Kamloops Pipe Band Society

The Kamloops Pipe Band Society’s Pipe Major is Scot Kortegaard, and our lead tip is Andrew Robertson. We formed the Kamloops Pipe Band Society in the late 1960’s from the Legion Pipe Band. We are ambassadors to the city of Kamloops and have represented Kamloops overseas in Japan many times. We have played at the… Read more »

The Scots School Albury Pipes and Drums

Beginning with two drums and two bugles, The Scots School Albury, in New South Wales, Australia, formed a Cadet unit and its first Band in 1939. It remained as a Drum Band until 1956 and with the introduction that year of bagpipes it became the Grammar School Pipes and Drums. In 1975 interested girls were… Read more »

Toronto Police Pipe Band

The Toronto Police Pipe Band formed in 1912, under Thomas Ross, who was the first Pipe Major. The Red Ross tartan is still worn today by the band, in honour of PM Ross. Throughout the years, the band has been a strong presence at many police, and city functions, and in local and International Competition…. Read more »

Torupilli Jussi

Torupilli Jussi Duo is made up of a fiddle and estonian bagpipes from centuries ago which is revived in the 21st century. The duo plays energetic and original dance songs from the repertoire of the former bagpipe king Juss who came from a small Estonian island called Hiiumaa. The emphasis is on authenticity and creating… Read more »

West Lothian Schools Pipe Band

West Lothian Schools Juvenile Pipe Band was formed in 2011. Under the tuition of their Pipe Major Gordon Bruce and drumming Instructor David Ross the band started competing in the Novice Juvenile Grade in 2012, taking 6th place at The Scottish Championships and winning at Pitlochry Highland games. 2013 saw the band compete at 4… Read more »

Willie McCallum

Willie McCallum is one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today. A native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping and several times over. He received his main tuition from his uncles Ronald McCallum and Hugh A. McCallum and also came under the guidance of Ronald McCallum, MBE,… Read more »