Piping Live!

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  • 7 August 2008
Piping Live!

A week-long piping extravaganza that takes over the whole of Glasgow. Get set for a packed programme of demos, workshops, art, family fun days and of course plenty of concerts. Expect free daily shows in George Square, late-night sessions in the Festival Club and performers such as Fraser Fifield, Old Blind Dogs, the LA Scots Pipe Band and Daimh from across the globe, with everything culminating in the RSPBA World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green (16 Aug) and The Masters Solo Invitational Piping Championships at the National Piping Centre (17 Aug).

Various Venues, Glasgow, Mon 11–Sun 17 Aug.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

A unique brand of 'bag rock' (that's bagpipes plus rock, if you were wondering) with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Expect everything from 'Flower of Scotland' to Coldplay's 'Clocks', via AC/DC and Deep Purple.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Mon 30 Dec

£27.50 / 01383 740384

Ayr Town Hall

Sat 28 Dec

£29.50–£32.50 / 01292 611222

Birmingham Town Hall

Thu 28 Nov

£27.50 / 0121 345 0600

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World Pipe Band Championships

The best pipe bands from all over the world, featuring 8000 pipers and drummers, compete for the most prestigious prizes and the coveted World Champion crown. As well as the music, a dedicated children's zone, gourmet food and Highland games add to the day out.

Glasgow Green

Fri 16 Aug

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sat 17 Aug

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Piping Live!-2008 Glasgow International Piping Festival

Festival of piping featuring thousands of pipers from around the world. A celebration of the diversity in world piping traditions.

Piping Live Street Café

Enjoy live musical sessions from some of the finest young pipers and folk musicians that Scotland has to offer. Be entertained and enjoy some of the finest Scottish hospitality, at the Pipers' Tryst in the specially extended festival street café. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Piping Live! Festival Club

Continue the party after the concerts with music from festival acts. The line-up features; Borja Baragaño and The Scott Wood Trio (Mon 10); Bellón Maceiras Duo (Tue 11); Armagh Pipers Club, Balázs Istvánfi Duo and Julien Cartonnet (Wed 12); Levack Stewart Irving (Thu 14); and Lorne MacDougall, Patrick Molard and Yves…

Piping Live! Opening Concert

The festival of piping kicks off with Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Bodega. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Masters Solo Championship

The world's best competitive solo pipers battle it out to win this prestigious title. 'Part of Piping Live!'

CLASP Competition

Competitive events for amateur pipers organised by the Competitive League for Amateur Solo Pipers. Grade 3 (8 Aug), Grade 2 (9 Aug) and Grade 1 (10 Aug). Part of Piping Live!

Piping in the Square

Some of the best pipers in the world perform every day. Part of Piping Live!.

International Quartet Competition

Four person pipe teams compete to impress ten judges hidden amongst the audience.

After Worlds Shindig

Keep on partying to the best in Scottish and world music after the big event with ceilidhs (with the Shimmy Grand Ceilidh Band), dancing and performances. 'Part of Piping Live!'

Family Fun Day

Drumming demos, tours, face-painting, Highland dancing and Come & Try instrument sessions to bring the national piping gathering to life for little ones.

University of Strathclyde Piping Recital Challenge

Featuring Chris Armstrong, Angus MacColl, Niall Stewart and Gordon Walker. 'Part of Piping Live!'

The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band

This prestigious pipe band (they've taken the top prize at the World Piping Championships 15 times) present a programme of new, traditional and favourite compositions, 'Caledonia'. 'Part of Piping Live!'

International Piping Concert

Pipers from around the world get the chance to show off their skills, with performances from Fred Morrison, Paddy Keenan and Homebound. 'Part of Piping Live!'

Border Pipemaking with Nigel Richard

Nigel Richards of Garvie Bagpipes showing you the skills and techniques involved in border pipe making. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Teas an righligh: Basking in the Warmth of the Reel

Exhibition of art featuring work inspired by pipe tunes, created by ten artists from the Highlands and Islands. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

The Warning Collection Book Launch

Five friends and composers (Paul Hughes, John Roarty, Angus Roberts, Benjamin McLaughlin and Ian Westgate) from all over the world who have got together to put a collection of their music together in one book. 'Part of Piping Live!'

Lunchtime Recital

A selection of some of the best pipers including Stuart Liddell (9 Aug); Glenn Brown (10 Aug); Angus MacColl (11 Aug), Willie McCallum (12 Aug) and Dr Angus MacDonald (13 Aug). 'Part of Piping Live!'

Art Exhibition Recital

Everyday a recital will be held at the 'Basking in the Warmth of the Reel' exhibition with Roddy MacLeod MBE (11 Aug); Allan MacDonald (12 Aug); Clarsach Na Bangrighe (13 Aug), Simon McKerrell (14 Aug) and Finlay MacDonald (15 Aug). 'Part of Piping Live!'

Allan MacDonald

Piobaireachd and Gaelic Song workshop. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Bagpipes by Hugh Cheape

Hugh Cheape launches his new book 'Bagpipes'. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Masters Drumming Recital: A Tribute to Alex Duthart

Featuring Gordon Brown, Eric Ward, Jim Kilpatrick, Reid Maxwell, Barry Wilson and Drew Duthart, hosted by Ken Eller. 'Part of Piping Live!'.


Colin MacLellan of MacLellan reedmakers presents a workshop about the processes and techniques behind reedmaking. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Along The Road

Launch of this new collection of music for the Highland bagpipe by Iain MacDonald. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Scottish Gourmet Night

Five course Scottish gourmet evening in Glasgow's only rooftop restaurant. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Ensemble & Tonal Balance

Workshop looking at how pipe bands are set up musically with Winston Pollock. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Australia Highlanders Pipe Band

Launching their new CD 'Sans Peur (Without Fear)'. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Pub Quiz

Test your piping knowledge. Please register online at www.pipingfestival.co.uk. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Girls & Gracenotes

An evening dedicated to great female pipers from across the globe including Anna Murray and Brian O'hEadhra, Gemma Donald, Kathryn Tickell and Peter Tickell. 'Part of Piping Live!'

Pipe Band Forum

Chaired by Bob Worrall alongside Bill Livingstone and Drew Duthart for this discussion on all aspects of pipe band performance. 'Part of Piping Live!'.

Piping Live! CD Launch

Launch party for the first ever Piping Live! CD. 'Part of Piping Live!'

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