This article is from 2008.
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.
This article is from 2008.
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.
Thu 29 Dec
£29.50–£32.50 / 01292 611222
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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…
Masters Solo Championship
The world's best competitive solo pipers battle it out to win this prestigious title. 'Part of Piping Live!'
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!
After Worlds Shindig
Keep on partying to the best in Scottish and world music after the big event with ceilidhs (with the Black Rose Ceilidh Band), dancing and performances from The Treacherous Orchestra, Breabach, Fred Morrison and friends. '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.
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.
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!'
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!'
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!'
Piobaireachd and Gaelic Song workshop. '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!'.
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!'.