Kids with Cancer concert now sold out / Fred Morrison book and tour

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Of all the good causes for which money could be raised, there is none more deserving than one for children with cancer.

The Royal Hotel in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone is the venue next Saturday (22nd) for a fundraising piping and drumming show to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

On the bill are Stuart Liddell and Chris Armstrong, Pipe Majors of Inveraray & District and ScottishPower respectively, along with Alastair Donaghy and Ryan Cupples-Menendez of Field Marshal Montgomery, and Beth Preston of Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band.

Joining them are drummers Jim Kilpatrick MBE, Steven McWhirter, John Scullion, Barry Wilson, Gordon Brown, Paul Turner and Arthur Cook. Emma Lapsley, a snare drummer with Cavanaleck Pipe Band is playing, too. Emma has herself being treated at the Unit. Also participating are Kildoag Pipers (the 2019 All-Ireland Championship-winning pipe corps).

The show, which starts at 17.45, has been sold out for a couple of days.

This is the third year of this charity concert, with £17,355 raised in total so far.


Fred Morrison is preparing his second music collection for print. The virtuoso piper’s first collection was published 14 years ago.

The new collection will be priced £15.00. Fred is touring Canada to promote the collection, including taking part in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in May.

For further information and tickets go to the Tattoo website.