Piobaireachd of the Day line-up announced

The Piobaireachd of the Day series at The National Piping Centre Otago Street 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.

Piobaireachd of the Day – Jim McGillivray and Matt MacIsaac
Monday 12th August (2.30pm)
Monday’s Piobaireachd of the Day brings Jim McGillivray and Matt MacIsaac together for a very special performance.
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Piobaireachd of the Day – John Wilson
Tuesday 13th August (3.30pm)
Tuesday’s Piobaireachd of the Day is presented by John Wilson and will feature the music of Donald MacLeod, including a newly discovered Piobaireachd.
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Piobaireachd of the Day – Allan MacDonald
Wednesday 14th August (2.30pm)
Wednesday’s Piobaireachd of the Day is from Allan MacDonald who will explore his theories on this ancient music and perform pieces.
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Piobaireachd of the Day – Patrick Molard
Thursday 15th August (3.30pm)
Thursday’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.
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Tickets for each Piobaireachd of the Day performance are priced at £5 (£4 concessions) plus booking fee and are available to purchase now from TicketWeb.

Lunchtime Recital line-up revealed

The Piping Live! Lunchtime Recital series returns to The National Piping Centre for 2019, with this year’s line-up celebrating musical duos!

Lunchtime Recital – Dr Angus and Allan MacDonald
Tuesday 13th August (1pm)
These brothers from Glenuig have an extensive wealth of piping experience and will perform in their own inimitable style.
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Lunchtime Recital – Jack and Andrew Lee
Wednesday 14th August (1pm)
One of Canada’s finest father and son duos, Jack and Andrew Lee perform in recital.
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Lunchtime Recital – Angus D and Angus J MacColl
Thursday 15th August (1pm)
The best in piping from Argyll, with father and son duo Angus D and Angus J MacColl from Benderloch showcasing their own style of fast fingered father.
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Join us at The National Piping Centre to hear a wonderful hour of recital from some of the world’s best players. Tickets for each Lunchtime Recital are priced at £5 (£4 concessions) plus booking fee and are available to purchase now from TicketWeb.

Book Now for the Piping Live! Pre-Festival Party

Piping Live! Pre-Festival Party
7.30pm • Thursday 13 June
The National Piping Centre

Piping Live! presents a fantastic pre-festival party to get you in the spirit of Summer! Come along to The National Piping Centre and hear a flavour of this year’s festival from Uillean Piper Jarlath Henderson, a mini-band from North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band, the 2018 Silver Chanter Winner Iain Speirs and trad trio HECLA.

This event is being recorded by Pipeline on BBC Radio Scotland for broadcast at a subsequent date.

Tickets: £5 (subject to booking fee) from www.ticketweb.uk

Piping Live! 2019 – Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for Piping Live! 2019 are now on General Sale! If you missed our pre-sale, why not treat yourself this Pay Day weekend and have a piping hot Summer with our fantastic shows.

The stellar line up includes Dougie MacLean, Flook, Lunasa and Beolach, as well as Quartets from Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band, Inveraray and District and Canterbury Caledonia. There will be solo piping at its best with the Silver Chanter, Masters Solo Piping and the P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Competition.

What are you waiting for – dive in and get your tickets booked now!

Piping Live! Presale

Get Piping Live! tickets before anyone else with our exclusive presale!

This year, we’re offering 24 hours of presale access to Piping Live! tickets to those who sign up to our mailing list before 8am on Thursday 30th May. Sign up below to be among the first people to get your hands on tickets for this year’s festival:

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 31st May.


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Piping Live! Brings the Stars of Piping to Glasgow!

The world’s biggest week of piping is set to bring 40,000 music fans to Glasgow this summer

Glasgow’s Buchanan Street was today transformed into the Piping Walk of Fame, with Hollywood-style stars revealing the headliners of this year’s Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, which returns to the city 10 – 18 August 2019.

The festival gave Glasgow’s Style Mile a piping hot makeover, lining the popular street with tartan-themed stars announcing the big names set to perform – including Dougie MacLean, Finlay Johnston, Dàimh and Lúnasa.

Register HERE for exclusive pre-sale access to tickets, this Thursday 30th May, 24 hours before they are on general sale!

Now in its 16th year, Piping Live! is the biggest festival of its kind, attracting over 40,000 music fans, families and tourists who travel from around the globe to watch more than 5,000 pipers perform at 150 events across the city.

The programme will feature performances by the very best international acts from countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and Scotland, and will also see the return of the fiercely contested Masters Solo, International Quartet and Pipe Idol competitions. In addition, there will be daily performances, family fun and the hugely popular Street Café will return to The National Piping Centre for the festival.

Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live! said: “Each year, we bring the stars of traditional music to Glasgow, so this year we decided to pay tribute to them by creating our very own Piping Walk of Fame to unveil our headliners.

“Our 16th year is set to be an incredible festival – we have some of the biggest performers putting on events throughout the city, family fun at our Street Café and evening concerts not to be missed.  There really is something for everyone and we look forward to enjoying an amazing event with you all in August.”

Piping Live! is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, and Glasgow Life.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Events play a key role in our visitor economy and EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of Piping Live! in 2019. It is a fantastic week-long celebration of one of Scotland’s most iconic instruments and sounds, attracting visitors from all over the world to experience a wonderful programme of international and home-grown acts as shown by the spectacular Piping Walk of Fame.“

Councillor David MacDonald, depute leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: “The return of Piping Live! always brings a vibrancy to the city with exceptional musical performances from incredible musicians. The opportunity to see something so distinctly Scottish that features some of the finest talent in the world is compelling for Glaswegians and for visitors to the city. Coming in the days leading up to The World Pipe Band Championships it makes for the biggest celebration of piping and Pipe Bands in the World.”

For your chance of an exclusive taster of this year’s Piping Live!, join us at the live recording for BBC Pipeline show on Thursday 13th June at the National Piping Centre. The line-up includes Iain Speirs and Hecla.

Pre-sale tickets for Piping Live! are on sale at 9am Thursday 30th May. Sign up to the newsletter HERE on 28th and 29th May for pre-sale access.

General ticket sales will begin at 9am on Friday 31st May.