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Saturday 10th August 2019

The Silver Chanter 2019

Date & Time: Saturday 10th August 2019 at 19:30

Join us at The National Piping Centre for The 53rd Annual Silver Chanter on Saturday 10th August 2019, this year as the opening event of Piping Live! 2019. The invited players are drawn from the following list of qualifying events: Previous winner of the Silver Chanter – Iain Speirs Winner of the Dunvegan Medal –… Read more »

Sunday 11th August 2019

Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure

Date & Time: Sunday 11th August 2019 at 19:00

This very special concert from The Piobaireachd Society – part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – takes the listener on a journey through Scotland’s precious musical heritage. This is a chance to hear some of the finest exponents of classical pipe music, or Piobaireachd (pronounced Peebroch). The pipers invited to perform this year are Stuart… Read more »

Monday 12th August 2019

Masters Solo Piping Competition – Piobaireachd

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 8:30

The best competing pipers of this generation return to the stage at The National Piping Centre as they take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition. The overall winner of this competition qualifies for the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in October, so you can expect to see the best of the best on show!… Read more »

CLASP World Amateur Championships – Grade 3 – 2019

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 9:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 3 will run on Monday 12th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Grade 3 CLASP has the following events: Piobaireachd (own Choice) Piobaireachd Ground (Own Choice) No points awarded for this event 2/4 March (Own Choice) 4 parts minim Strathspey and Reel… Read more »

Museum Tour – Monday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – The Piping Live! Big Band – The… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Street Cafe 2019 – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2019 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Our expanded marquee returns so there will be more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer, with food, merchandise and more all on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will… Read more »

Street Café Sessions – Naora

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 12:00

This Breton/Swedish Duo met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and since then have been exploring traditional music from different regions, including Scotland, Poland and Brittany.

Gig in the Gallery – Irish Piping

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 14:00

New for 2019, Piping Live! presents a selection of international players in the Central Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Today, join Uilleann Piper Jarlath Henderson.

G1 Reeds Presents… The Big Rab Show Live Podcast!

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 14:00

This will be an opportunity to come along and hear the best of the best playing their G1 Products including the Bradley Parker Trio, a solo performance from up and coming piper Anna Smart and a live edition of the facebook hit ‘ Turbo Harmony Beys” by Scott Wallace. There will also be a few… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Uncovered: “Lament for Sandy Cameron with Jim McGillivray and Matt MacIsaac

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 14:30

Piobaireachd of the Day returns for 2019 with legends of the piping world performing in recital. Monday brings you Jim McGillivray and Matt MacIsaac for a very special performance: Uncovered: “Lament for Sandy Cameron,” by Roderick Campbell In February, 2017, a purple, mimeographed sheet of music fell from an 1899 edition of Angus Mackay’s book… Read more »

Pipe Idol – Heat 1

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 15:30

Heat one of our fantastic Under 21 solo piping competition. Today’s competitors are: Aiden Bestwick, Australia Luke Kennedy, Scotland Liam MacDonald, Canada Lewis Russell, Scotland The winner of the heat will take part in the Pipe Idol Grand Final on Thursday 15th August. Tickets for the Grand Final are available here.

Masters Solo Piping Competition – March, Strathspey and Reel

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 17:00

The best competing pipers of this generation return to the stage at The National Piping Centre as they take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition. The overall winner of this competition qualifies for the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in October, so you can expect to see the best of the best on show!… Read more »

Piping Whisky Tasting 2019 – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 17:00

Tour 5 of the most prominent piping locations in Scotland through their Single Malt Whiskies. Join Willie MacDougall, who has managed some of the most famous distilleries in the world, as you take a unique look at some of piping’s most famous venues and learn a bit more about their whisky heritage too. This event… Read more »

International Piping Concert

Date & Time: Monday 12th August 2019 at 21:00

Piping Live! opens in style for 2019 with a stellar line up of performers for our International Piping Concert at Drygate. Join trad superstars Flook, piping super-group TRYST and Swedish duo Dråm perform on a wonderful night of international piping styles, to kick of the festival! This concert will be Standing Only and is Over 18s… Read more »

Tuesday 13th August 2019

CLASP World Amateur Championships – Grade 2

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 9:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 2 will run on Tuesday 13th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Grade 2 CLASP has the following events only: Piobaireachd (Submit 2 own choice, play 1) 2/4 March (Submit 2, play 1) 4 parts minim Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice) 4… Read more »

Family Fun Day 2019

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 9:45

Join us at Piping Live! for our Family Fun Day! The morning will kick off with a re-telling of the Billy Goats Gruff by Anne Rynefors with a musical score on the Swedish Sackpipa, followed by a performance from some of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland which will include a come and try… Read more »

Museum Tour – Tuesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band 1pm – Capital… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Street Cafe 2019 – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2019 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Our expanded marquee returns so there will be more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer, with food, merchandise and more all on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will… Read more »

Lunchtime Recital – Dr Angus and Allan MacDonald

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 13:00

The Lunchtime Recital series returns to Piping Live! in 2019 with a series of performances by duos! Today’s performance is from Dr Angus MacDonald and Allan MacDonald. These brothers from Glenuig have an extensive wealth of piping experience and will perform in their own initmitable style.

Bannatyne Presents…

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 14:00

Join Bannatyne and their special guests for something a little bit special!

Gig in the Gallery – Swedish Piping

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 14:00

New for 2019, Piping Live! presents a selection of international players in the Central Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Today, join Dråm to hear Swedish bagpipes and their drone music.

Piobaireachd of the Day – John Wilson

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 14:30

Join John Wilson and Donald’s daughter Susan Miller for the release of the revised edition of Donald MacLeod’s Piobaireachd Collection, which now including all of his Piobaireachd compositions. As part of this launch John Wilson will play some selected tunes.

Product Launch

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 14:30

Join Jarlath Henderson as he launches a new Uillean Piping project to help people learn the instrument.

Come and Try Gaelic – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping. This event will take place at 3pm in the National Piping Centre Library.

Pipe Idol Heat 2

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 15:30

Heat two of our fantastic Under 21 solo piping competition. Today’s competitors are: Filemon Tan, USA. Jamie Brownlie, Scotland. Martin McPhee, New Zealand. Brodie Watson-Massey, Scotland. The winner of the heat will take part in the Pipe Idol Grand Final on Thursday 15th August. Tickets for the Grand Final are available here.

Jock’s Jocks

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 16:00

Jock’s Jocks is an emotionally-charged one act musical play which pays tribute to the men of Perthshire and North East Scotland who fought in the Great War. Based closely on interviews carried out over a long period by folksinger Jock Duncan, father of Pipe Major Ian Duncan and the late Gordon Duncan, the cast of… Read more »

Piping Whisky Tasting 2019 – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 17:00

Tour 5 of the most prominent piping locations in Scotland through their Single Malt Whiskies. Join Willie MacDougall, who has managed some of the most famous distilleries in the world, as you take a unique look at some of piping’s most famous venues and learn a bit more about their whisky heritage too. This event… Read more »

Street Cafe Sessions – Brighde Chaimbeul

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 17:00

Brighde, a talented young highland and border piper from Kyle of Lochalsh will take to the stage for a fantastic set of tunes.

International Quartet Competition 2019

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 19:30

This Piping Live! staple event, sponsored by RT Shepherd & Son, returns for 2019 to showcase the best in international Pipe Bands, just days before they take to Glasgow Green for the Worlds. Eight pipe bands from across the globe will send four of their pipers to compete in this head to head challenge, as 10 hidden… Read more »

Ceòl nam Pìobairean

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 19:30

Join Piping Live! at Drygate for this fantastic event, celebrating the music of the highlands and the language of Piping, Gaelic – Ceòl nam Pìobairean “Music of the Pipers”. Featuring Daimh, Gaelic songstress Maeve MacKinnon and all-female trio Hecla, this will be a great night of Gaelic music and song. This event is a standing concert and… Read more »

Festival Club – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 22:30

The late night Festival Club is back for 2019! Join us for music from 10.30pm as we end each big day of piping in style. This event is Over 18s only

Wednesday 14th August 2019

CLASP World Amateur Championships -Grade 1 2019

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 9:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 1 will run on Wednesday 14th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Grade 1 CLASP has the following events: Piobaireachd (Submit 3 own choice, play 1) 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel (Submit 2 of each tune type, play 1) 4 parts minim… Read more »

Learn @ Live! – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 9:30

                Welcome to Learn @ Live!, the brand new workshop series from the Piping Live! team. With two full days of workshops looking at topics across the spectrum of Piping and Drumming, this is a great way to learn more about your craft, find out about a new… Read more »

Museum Tour – Wednesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – Lord Selkirk RFM Pipe Band 1pm –… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Street Cafe 2019 – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2019 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Our expanded marquee returns so there will be more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer, with food, merchandise and more all on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will… Read more »

Street Café Sessions – Dråm

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 12:00

Hear Nordic drone music from this talented Swedish duo with their riveting take on Scandinavian music.

Lunchtime Recital – Jack and Andrew Lee

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 13:00

The Lunchtime Recitals return for 2019 with a series of musical duos! Today, join one of Canada’s finest father and son duos, Jack and Andrew Lee as they perform in recital.

Innis and Gunn Beer Tasting

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 13:00

Join our Piping Live! beer sponsor for 2019, Innis and Gunn as they guide you through a taster session of three of their products – which won’t be available at the festival! Try their Original Bourbon Barrel aged Scottish Ale, Gunnpowder IPA and Tropic Like It’s Hop Passionfruit Pale Ale, with the Original being a… Read more »

McCallum Bagpipes Presents…

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 14:00

Come along to hear some great music and an exciting presentation from McCallum Bagpipes.

Gig in the Gallery – Highland Piping

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 14:00

New for 2019, Piping Live! presents a selection of international players in the Central Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Today, join Glenfiddich Champion Finlay Johnston for a performance on the most well-known bagpipe, the Great Highland Pipes.

Piobaireachd of the Day – Allan MacDonald

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 14:30

Today’s Piobaireachd of the Day is from Allan MacDonald who will explore his theories on this ancient music and perform pieces.

Come and Try Gaelic – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping. This event will take place at 3pm in the National Piping Centre Library.

Pipe Idol Heat 3

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 15:30

Heat three of our fantastic Under 21 solo piping competition. Today’s competitors are: Bobby Allen, Scotland Anna Smart, New Zealand Chris Happs, Scotland Ryan Cupples-Menendez, Northern Ireland The winner of the heat will take part in the Pipe Idol Grand Final on Thursday 15th August. Tickets for the Grand Final are available here.

Learn@Live! Pipe Band Forum

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 15:45

The Learn@Live! Pipe Band Forum will see 3 of the finest pipe majors come together to discuss all things pipe band. Join host Gary West as he talks to Ian MacLellan, Robert Mathieson and Terry Lee about their lives in bands and so much more. This event is part of the Learn @ Live! workshop… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes at Waxy O’Connors – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 16:00

Drop in to try your hand at the bagpipes in the heart of the city! A Piping Live! piper will take you through the basics of this fantastic instrument in this fantastic family-friendly pub. Its free so drop in to try the pipes!

CLASP Prizegiving

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 16:45

Hear the results from the World Amateur Solo Piping Competition.

Piping Whisky Tasting 2019 – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 17:00

Tour 5 of the most prominent piping locations in Scotland through their Single Malt Whiskies. Join Willie MacDougall, who has managed some of the most famous distilleries in the world, as you take a unique look at some of piping’s most famous venues and learn a bit more about their whisky heritage too. This event… Read more »

Two Octaves – Malin makes Music: with Jarlath Henderson and Ali Hutton

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 19:30

The Lowland and Borders Pipers’ Society present – An exciting debut concert from three truly unique pipers, celebrating a new development and innovation within the piping world. Featuring the Lindsay System Chanter (Malin Lewis), Uilleann pipes and vocals (Jarlath Henderson), Highland pipes and guitar (Ali Hutton). The trio will perform traditional tunes as well as… Read more »

Festival Club – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 22:30

The late night Festival Club is back for 2019! Join us for music from 10.30pm as we end each big day of piping in style. This event is Over 18s only

Thursday 15th August 2019

Learn @ Live! – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 9:30

                Welcome to Learn @ Live!, the brand new workshop series from the Piping Live! team. With two full days of workshops looking at topics across the spectrum of Piping and Drumming, this is a great way to learn more about your craft, find out about a new… Read more »

Piping Live! Trade Fair 2019

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 11:00

Head along to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 15th August to meet pipe makers and reed makers as well as learn more about piping events, publications and more. You can find out more about your instruments with our Trade Fair. Traders confirmed so far are: Ayrshire Bagpipes BagpipeSkin Cases Begg Bagpipes Bennett Pipe Bags… Read more »

Museum Tour – Thursday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – Celtic Pipe Band, New Zealand 1pm –… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Street Cafe 2019 – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2019 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Our expanded marquee returns so there will be more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer, with food, merchandise and more all on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will… Read more »

Pipe Idol Heat 4

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:00

Heat four of our fantastic Under 21 solo piping competition. Today’s competitors are: Joseph Horwath, USA Éosaph Campbell, Scotland James Stone, Ireland Finlay Frame, Scotland The winner of the heat will take part in the Pipe Idol Grand Final on Thursday 15th August. Tickets for the Grand Final are available here.

Lunchtime Recital – Angus D and Angus J MacColl

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 13:00

The Lunchtime Recital series retursn to Piping Live! in 2019 with a series of fantastic musical duos. Today’s recital is the best in piping from Argyll, with Angus D and Angus J MacColl from Benderloch showcasing their talented playing.

Gig in the Gallery – Asturian Piping

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 14:00

New for 2019, Piping Live! presents a selection of international players in the Central Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Today, join the R. Alba Duo to hear the Asturian Gaita from Spain.

Campbells Three Pipe Tunes: Book Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 14:30

The book called ‘Campbells Three and their Pipe Tunes’ is a collection of Pipe tunes from three generations of pipers: Roddy, Rory and Corri Campbell. The tunes range from traditional to more modern styles. Join the family as they launch their brand new collection of music.

Culter and District Pipe Band with The High Note

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 14:30

Join Culter and District pipe band as they showcase the work they have been doing with The High Note tuition and coaching from Jason Briscoe and Gleren Meneghin.

Film Showing: MacCrimmon’s Gold

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 14:30

Patrick Molard presents MacCrimmon’s Gold, his film about Piobaireachd Traditions

Come and Try Gaelic – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping. This event will take place at 3pm in the National Piping Centre Library.

Piobaireachd of the Day – Patrick Molard

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 15:30

Today’s Pioabireachd of the Day is from one of Brittany’s finest exponents of Highland Piping, Patrick Molard. This event will follow a showing of his new film about Piobaireachd.

Street Café Sessions – R. Alba Duo

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 15:30

This gaita and guitar duo will bring the music of Asturias, Spain to the Piping Live! Street Café.

Come and Try the Bagpipes at Waxy O’Connor’s – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 16:00

Drop in to try your hand at the bagpipes in the heart of the city! A Piping Live! piper will take you through the basics of this fantastic instrument in this fantastic family-friendly pub. Its free so drop in to try the pipes!

Tunes from the Golden Gate – Book Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 16:00

This book is the second from Kyle’s popular “Tunes from the…” series (the first being, “Tunes from the Flight Deck”). Its musical inspiration comes from Kyle’s experience playing jazz, classical, and celtic styles to produce modern twist on traditional bagpipe music that hopefully can appeal to a broad audience from both in- and outside the… Read more »

Emerging Talent – Malin Lewis

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 17:00

Join this young pipe-maker and performer as they showcase their instruments and new take on the border piping traditions.

Scottish Gin Tasting with Alston Bar and Beef

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 17:00

Learn the history behind the worlds most illicit and yet most eclectic spirit. Sample a variety of gins and learn how best to pair them with selected garnishes and mixers from the Ginoisseurs from Glasgow’s Alston Bar and Beef. Voted Scotland’s both best Gin Bar and best Spirit Bar in 2018. Alston Bar and Beef… Read more »

Pipe Idol Grand Final 2019

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 17:15

Who will be Pipe Idol 2019? After four heats of fierce competition the four finalists will play one last time in front of a panel of secret judges to see who will be crowned champion. Watch throughout the week at the Street Cafe at The National Piping Centre as the finalists are chosen. For 2019,… Read more »

Live Music at Waxy O’Connors – Armagh Pipers Club

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 18:00

Head down to Waxy O’Connor’s in the heart of the city for a fantastic session from this fantastic group of musicians from the Armagh Pipers Club. Hear some great tunes and have a great time in this great city centre venue.

Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge 2019

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 19:30

Carrying on the tradition started in the Lord Todd Bar at Strathclyde University, The Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge will pit four top pipers against each other as they take to the stage to perform a medley of their favourite tunes. Last year this event SOLD OUT so we would recommend getting your… Read more »

Festival Club – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 15th August 2019 at 22:30

The late night Festival Club is back for 2019! Join us for music from 10.30pm as we end each big day of piping in style. This event is Over 18s only

Friday 16th August 2019

World Pipe Band Championships – Qualifiers

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 9:00

The biggest event in any piping fan’s calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as ‘The Worlds’. The event, delivered by Glasgow Life in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition… Read more »

Museum Tour – Friday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Street Cafe 2019 – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2019 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Our expanded marquee returns so there will be more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer, with food, merchandise and more all on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will… Read more »

The World Pipe Band Championships Beat The Retreat

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 12:30

Join Bands as they prepare to play at this year’s World Pipe Band Championships as they parade through Glasgow and officially open the biggest pipe band competition in the world! The parade will start from Blythswood Square at 12noon and parade down West George Street to George Square where they will take a salute from… Read more »

Emerging Talent – Cameron Barnes

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 13:30

Expect piping, traditional tunes and song from Cameron, who has over 10 years of stagecraft experience, but who is returning to his piping roots on the BMus Piping Degree.

Gig in the Gallery – Border Pipes

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 14:00

New for 2019, Piping Live! presents a selection of international players in the Central Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. To round off this week of events, come along to hear Finlay MacDonald play the Scottish Border Pipes.

Street Café Sessions – Andy May

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 15:30

Bringing Northumbrian Piping to the Piping Live! Street Café, join Andy May for traditional tunes of Northumberland, newly composed pieces and more!

Friday Night Folk

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 19:30

Head down to Drygate for a Friday Night of fantastic folk! Lunasa, one finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times, will take to the stage alongside Cape Breton’s own Beolach. There will also be a Spanish flavour to the evening, with the Ruben Alba Duo, an Asturian Gaita player and guitarist who will kick… Read more »

Festival Club – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 16th August 2019 at 22:30

The late night Festival Club is back for 2019! Join us for music from 10.30pm as we end each big day of piping in style. This event is Over 18s only

Saturday 17th August 2019

World Pipe Band Championships 2019

Date & Time: Saturday 17th August 2019 at 9:00

The biggest event in any piping fan’s calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as ‘The Worlds’. The event, delivered by Glasgow Life in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition… Read more »

Sunday 18th August 2019

The Gordon Duncan Memorial Piping Competition 2019

Date & Time: Sunday 18th August 2019 at 14:30

It’s over a decade since this pioneer of piping music passed away. To celebrate Gordon Duncan’s life and work, three pipers from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany will battle it out over 3 sets of Scottish, Irish and Breton tunes, to be crowned the champion piper 2019. This year’s pipers are: Simon McKerrell – Scotland Bradley… Read more »

The Gael – Dougie MacLean and Piping Friends

Date & Time: Sunday 18th August 2019 at 19:30

Piping Live! is delighted to welcome traditional music royalty, Dougie MacLean into the programme for the first time. Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for… Read more »