With the 18th Piping Live! festival ending last weekend we take a brief breather here at McPhater Street and bring you some highlights in pictures of this incredible piping event. ‘More Power to Your Elbow’ (Sunday, August 8). Left to-right: Stuart Letford, Dougie Pincock and Thalia Blacking. Photo: John Slavin. Annie Grace in full flow at the LBPS’ ‘More Power to Your Elbow’ concert. Photo: John Slavin. Hold on to your Blue Bonnets! The ensemble in full flight during a rousing finale. First McPhater Street, now for Hawaii! Finlay MacDonald and Gary West after the LBPS show. Mànran played a great set on Monday, August 9. Photo: John Slavin. Dr. Jack Taylor with a masterful rendition of The Unjust Incarceration at Monday’s Piobaireachd of the Day. Photo: John Slavin. A quartet from Inveraray & District Pipe Band during Tuesday’s Pipe Band Lite show. Photo: John Slavin. The capacity audience enjoys the Shotts quartet. Photo: John Slavin. Chris Armstrong entertains the capacity audience. Photo: John Slavin. Great music from Dr. Angus MacDonald. Photo: John Slavin. Angus MacColl at the Masters Solo Piping Competition on Thursday, August 11. Photo: John Slavin. The competitors at this year’s Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge with Stuart McCallum of McCallum Bagpipes Photo: John Slavin. A smashing recital from James MacKenzie. Photo: John Slavin. Fred Morrison in the zone on Friday 13th during his lunchtime recital. Photo: John Slavin. Tryst in fine form. Photo: John Slavin. A superb set on Sunday, August 15 from Hecla featuring Ailis Sutherland. Photo: John Slavin. Gary West compered the Gordon Duncan Memorial Competition which Lincoln Hilton won. Gary also announced the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust had now awarded more than £103,000 to deserving causes in piping since its founding in 2006. Project Smok bringing the festival to a close. Photo: John Slavin. See you next year!