Finlay MacDonald and Roddy MacLeod.
Finlay MacDonald and Roddy MacLeod.

Piping Live! festival organisers are asking festival-goers to submit their fondest piping memories for a brand new initiative for 2019.

From all the memories submitted, a limited edition t-shirt featuring these names and stories of Piping Live!’s past are being produced for this year’s festival.

Piping fans can submit their stories by email to or by contacting Piping Live! on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. There will also be a Piping Memories Book available to be signed at the reception of the National Piping Centre in McPhater Street, Glasgow.

Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live! said: “From wedding ceremonies to graduations, the pipes are the soundtrack to so many of the most momentous events of our lives.

Whether it was hearing a fantastic performance at a previous Piping Live!, or listening to the sound of the pipes as you welcomed the new year with loved ones, we want to hear stories about the special moments the pipes have been there with you.”

The closing date for stories is Wednesday, July 17. Those with the best stories will have a chance of winning tickets to see some of the festival’s headline shows, including Dougie MacLean, Tryst, Dàimh and Lúnasa.

Piping Live! returns to the city from August 10-18. Now in its 16th year, it 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.

This year’s programme features 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.