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Monday 7th August 2017

The Masters Solo Piping Competition – Piobaireachd

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 9:00

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 »

Museum Tours – Monday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 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.

George Square – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square and we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts and emerging talent on in our performance tent,… Read more »

Street Cafe – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2017 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more! The Line up for Monday is: 12 noon – Nova Musa from Italy 1 pm – Eriska… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Brian Lamond Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and will be available… Read more »

Come and Try Piping – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 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.

Pipe Band of the Day – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2017. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. Today’s performers are The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Based at The National Piping Centre, the NYPBoS is a non-competing band made up of the best young pipers… Read more »

Pipe Idol 2017 – Heat 1

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2017! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

The Masters Solo Piping Competition – MSR

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 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 »

Malt Whisky Tasting – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our National Piping Centre in-house Whisky Ambassador. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This… Read more »

Mac Ìle – The Music of Fraser Shaw: CD Launch Party

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 20:00

Piping Live! is delighted to be supporting the CD launch of Mac Ìle – The Music of Fraser Shaw. Fraser Shaw was a wonderful piper, whistle player and composer from Glasgow who resided on the Isle of Islay. After his passing in May 2015, a group of friends and family started a Trust in his… Read more »

Festival Club – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 7th August 2017 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2017. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Doors open… Read more »

Tuesday 8th August 2017

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 3

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 10:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 3 will run on Tuesday 8th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Events are as follows: Piobaireachd 2/4 March Strathspey and Reel Jig To enter please visit the www.theclasp.co.uk The CLASP is sponsored by Wallace Bagpipes

Museum Tours – Tuesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 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.

George Square – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square and we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts and emerging talent on in our performance tent,… Read more »

Street Cafe – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2017 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more! The Line up for Tuesday is: 12 noon – Feis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail Group 1 pm – David… Read more »

Raising the tone: the bagpipe and the baroque

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 12:00

The conventional history of our ‘national instrument’ fails to support our conviction of its antiquity and continuity, and an ancient Great Highland Bagpipe is difficult to detect in the surviving material culture. What survives offers a lively story of links to Europe and the Baroque era and transcends national identities of Scotland’s, Ireland’s and England’s… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is double Gold Medallist Douglas Murray. Tickets are £5 adults / £4… Read more »

Come and Try Piping – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 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.

Lunchtime Recital – Callum Beaumont

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 13:00

The Piping Live! Lunchtime Recital Series returns for 2017, with a fantastic line up. Today sees Callum Beaumont – the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Clasp at the Northern Meetings and three World Pipe Band Champion – take to the stage. We are delighted that Callum, the 2016 Bratach Gorm winner and member of… Read more »

Pipe Band of the Day – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2017. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. Today’s performers are Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and are available on the door.

The National Piping Centre Piobaireachd Tutor Book – Launch

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 14:00

The National Piping Centre is delighted to announce the publication of The Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Book – the third book in the tuition manual series. Roddy Macleod, The Principal will present the book and explain the concepts behind the pedagogical approach taken in the book and the associated resources.

Come and Try Gaelic – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 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.

Pipe Idol 2017 – Heat 2

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2017! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

DrumWriter Launch

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 16:00

DrumWriter is a world-first 100% web browser-based pipe band drum score editing tool. With DrumWriter you can edit your scores anywhere you have a connection to the internet (and event when you don’t). The software features a productivity-focussed editor, realistic playback featuring various sample sets (including practice pads, snare drum, bass and pitched tenors) and… Read more »

Malt Whisky Tasting – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our National Piping Centre in-house Whisky Ambassador. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This… Read more »

International Quartet Competition 2017

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 19:30

This Piping Live! staple returns for 2017, 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 4 of their pipers to compete in this head to head challenge, as 10 hidden judges decide who will take… Read more »

Festival Club – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2017. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Doors open… Read more »

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Piping Live! Family Fun Day 2017

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 10:00

Join us from 10am – 11am on Wednesday 9th August for a fun-filled family day! Featuring come and try bagpipes and drums, touch and feel bagpipes, nursery rhymes, getting active and more as well as a special appearance by Gary Dunn and his Amazing Magical Party. There will be crafts, facepainting and more. So get… Read more »

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 2

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 10:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 2 will run on Wednesday 09th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Events are as follows: Piobaireachd 2/4 March Strathspey and Reel Jig To enter please visit the www.theclasp.co.uk or go to the booking entry page. The CLASP is sponsored by Wallace… Read more »

Museum Tours – Wednesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 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.

George Square – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square and we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts and emerging talent on in our performance tent,… Read more »

Street Cafe – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2017 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more! The Line up for Wednesday is: 12 noon – Allan MacDonald and Seonaidh MacIntyre 1 pm – Emerging… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Canadian composer and performer Michael Grey Tickets are £5 adults /… Read more »

Come and Try Piping – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 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.

The Piobaireachd of John MacKay, Raasay: Clues from the Eliza Ross Manuscript of 1812

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 12:00

John MacKay was the father and arguably the foremost musical influence on the celebrated Angus MacKay, whose 1838 collection of piobaireachd set stylistic standards for generations to come. Before his son’s rise to prominence, however, John was the piper to the Laird of Raasay and often performed in the drawing room of the laird’s residence,… Read more »

Lunchtime Recital – Jack Lee

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 13:00

The Lunchtime Recital Series returns for 2017 to Piping Live! Today sees renowned Canadian piper Jack Lee take to the stage. Jack has achieved success in the solo world – he is a former Glenfiddich Champion and won many other top prizes, and in the pipe band world, where he is pipe sergeant of the… Read more »

Pipe Band of the Day – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 13:00

The College of Piping presents a fantastic line up of pipe bands for Piping Live! 2017. These will be mini-bands who perform in concert each day. Today’s performers are Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and are available on the door.

Piping at a Higher Level – RCS Study Opportunities

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 13:00

Join Professor Josh Dickson, Head of Traditional Music at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as he leads a question and answer session about the further study opportunities for piping. This event will take place in the Collinson Room at The National Piping Centre

Jock’s Jocks

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 14:30

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 »

Come and Try Gaelic – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 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.

Pipe Idol 2017 – Heat 3

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2017! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Piping Live! Presents Glasgow Gin Club – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 17:00

Piping Live! Presents Glasgow Gin Club for a unique special event. Come and try some of Scotland’s finest craft-stilled gins during this fabulous week of celebration. Each guest will receive 4 gin and tonics with the perfect garnish and gin knowledge direct from each Ambassador. Join us in the Museum of Piping at The National… Read more »

Moving Image Archive – Piping Retrospective

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 17:30

Why not visit the screen room at Kelvinhall and delve into the music and screen archive of piping, folk music and traditional arts through the years, as recorded by the National Library Scotland Moving Image Archive. This event is in partnership with National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive in their new home at the Kelvinhall… Read more »

Lowland and Borders Pipers’ Society Concert

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 19:30

The L.B.P.S. is once again delighted to be part of Piping Live! and taking part this year are: Fraser Fifield – To call a musician’s work ‘unique’ is a bold statement. However, if any musicians come close, then Fraser Fifield would be among them. The originality of his work, the breadth of his inspiration, scope of… Read more »

Festival Club – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2017. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Doors open… Read more »

Thursday 10th August 2017

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 1

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 10:00

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 1 will run on Thursday 11th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Events are as follows: Piobaireachd 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel Hornpipe & Jig To enter please visit the www.theclasp.co.uk The results and trophy presentation for the World Solo Championships and the… Read more »

Piping Trade Show

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 10:30

Come along and meet reedmakers and pipe makers at this Trade Show at The College of Piping on Thursday 10th August. There will be the opportunity to discuss your own needs, band set up and more with some of the top reed and pipe makers including Wallace Bagpipes, Chris Armstrong Pipes/ X-treme Reeds and G1… Read more »

Piping Live! Trad Trail – Morning Tour

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 11:30

Brought to you by Glasgow Music City Tours, the two-hour Trad Trail tells the tale of Piping Live! and traces the story of Glasgow’s folk and roots scene, from legendary sessions in long-standing bars to today’s international stars. We look at the history of Piping Live! and take a peek behind the scenes of this… Read more »

George Square – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square and we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts and emerging talent on in our performance tent,… Read more »

Street Cafe – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2017 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more! The Line up for Thursday is: 12 noon – Pipe Idol Heat 4 – Find out more here… Read more »

Pipe Idol 2017 – Heat 4

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 12:00

Pipe Idol is back for 2017! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 12:00

The Piobaireachd of the Day at the College of Piping will see a prize winning performer (or two) present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Donald MacPhee, reedmaker, Gold Medallist and 6-time World Pipe Band Champion…. Read more »

Come and Try Piping – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 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.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipe Music Tunes – Book Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 12:00

Celebrating the launch of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipe Music Tunes composed by men who served in the Regiment and whittled down to a final selection by an expert committee. Join some of the committee, along with top players as they perform music from this new collection

Lunchtime Recital – Willie McCallum

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 14:00

The Lunchtime Recital Series at Piping Live! 2017 concludes today with a recital by one of the world’s best – Willie McCallum. Willie, from Campbeltown, Argyll has won the Overall Glenfiddich Championship title a record 8 times, as well as winning every other major title out there. In 2016 he also stepped out with the… Read more »

Piping Live! Trad Trail – Afternoon Tour

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 14:30

Brought to you by Glasgow Music City Tours, the two-hour Trad Trail tells the tale of Piping Live! and traces the story of Glasgow’s folk and roots scene, from legendary sessions in long-standing bars to today’s international stars. We look at the history of Piping Live! and take a peek behind the scenes of this… Read more »

Museum Tours – Thursday – 3pm

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 15:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. Today, this tour will take place at 3pm only, due to a private event in the Museum earlier in the day. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive… Read more »

Come and Try Gaelic – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 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.

Preposterous: Tales to Follow by Bill Livingstone – Book Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 16:30

Join host Stuart Liddell to celebrate the launch of Bill Livingstone’s long-awaited memoirs, Preposterous: Tales to Follow. Bill’s reading of a few selected excerpts will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Copies of the book will be available for sale in advance and on the day. This event is generously sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes.  … Read more »

Pipe Idol: The Grand Final

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 17:00

Who will be Pipe Idol 2017? 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 2017,… Read more »

Malt Whisky Tasting – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 at 17:00

Join us in the Museum of Piping to test your tastebuds at this exclusive Whisky Tasting, brought to you by our National Piping Centre in-house Whisky Ambassador. There will be three malt whiskies of different ages for you to try, and you will be given a masterclass in how to really taste your malt. This… Read more »

The Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge

Date & Time: Thursday 10th August 2017 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 10th August 2017 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2017. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Doors open… Read more »

Friday 11th August 2017

Museum Tours – Friday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 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.

George Square – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 12:00

Piping Live! will once again be in its city centre home of George Square and we will once again be filling the city’s premier outdoor space with the music of the bagpipes! With performances by pipe bands from all over the world, as well as international acts and emerging talent on in our performance tent,… Read more »

Street Cafe – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns to Piping Live! 2017 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. Here you will find free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much more! The Line up for Thursday is: 12 noon – Armagh Pipers Club 1pm – Fin Moore and Sarah Hoy… Read more »

Come and Try Piping – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 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.

Piping Live! Presents Glasgow Gin Club – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 18:00

Piping Live! Presents Glasgow Gin Club for a unique special event. Come and try some of Scotland’s finest craft-stilled gins during this fabulous week of celebration. Each guest will receive 4 gin and tonics with the perfect garnish and gin knowledge direct from each Ambassador. Join us in the Museum of Piping at The National… Read more »

Peatbog Faeries & Jose Manuel Tejedor Trio

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 19:30

This fantastic concert will see two of the best piping acts around take to the stage with a distinctly Scottish/Spanish flavour. Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are one of Scotlands the best known names in contemporary folk music. 2016 saw their 25th anniversary, and in June the band were presented with… Read more »

Festival Club – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2017. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full day of Piping Live! fun. Doors open… Read more »

Saturday 12th August 2017

The World Pipe Band Championships

Date & Time: Saturday 12th August 2017 at 9:00

​​The World Pipe Band Championships are a unique celebration of Scottish culture featuring outstanding musicians who have practised for years to reach the pinnacle of Pipe Band competition. The event has been associated with Glasgow for nearly 70 years. Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland are the World Pipe Band Champions for 2016…. Read more »

The After Worlds Shindig Ceilidh

Date & Time: Saturday 12th August 2017 at 21:00

Join us here at The National Piping Centre after a long day at Glasgow Green to round of a fantastic week with the spectacular After Worlds Shindig Ceilidh! This late night ceilidh starts at 9pm, with the Shimmy Grand Ceilidh Band, who will have you Canadian Barndancing, Strip-the-willowing and so much more in their own… Read more »

Sunday 13th August 2017

The Glasgow Smallpipers Post Worlds Barbeque and Smallpipes event

Date & Time: Sunday 13th August 2017 at 13:00

The Glasgow Smallpipers Post Worlds Barbeque and Smallpipes event is a lunchtime barbecue and concert in the Old Barn, Pollok Park. There will be performances from the Kelvingrove Dancers (Step dance group), and the Glasgow Smallpipers. The Glasgow Smallpipers will also be hosting a session for bellows pipes, visiting pipers are warmly encouraged to bring… Read more »

Gordon Duncan Memorial Piping Competition

Date & Time: Sunday 13th August 2017 at 15:00

Gordon Duncan, from Pitlochry in Perthshire, was widely regarded as one of the most skilled and innovative traditional music performers and composers of modern times. The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust was formed to raise funds for the promotion of piping and other forms of traditional music amongst young people in Scotland. The pipers will hail… Read more »

Battlefield Band

Date & Time: Sunday 13th August 2017 at 19:30

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 »