The National Piping Centre have announced three concerts coming up over the summer of 2022 as part of Scotland on Tour.

Scotland on Tour will take place over the next 12 months, supporting the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across the country. The project, which has been created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by £750,000 of Scottish Government backing and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to showcase and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorstep of city, towns, villages and rural communities

•Eabhal Photo: Elly Lucas

On Friday May 20, Eabhal will perform live at The National Piping Centre, with a very special concert to celebrate their much-anticipated new album, Aisling, which goes live that day. Eabhal came together while based in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Alongside traditional songs, contemporary and self-penned tunes, the band draws influence from other musical cultures and unites them within their music. In 2018 Eabhal were winners of Hands up for Trad’s Battle of the Folk Bands and were nominated for Up and Coming Artist at 2018’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. They went on to release their debut album, This is How the Ladies Dance, in 2019 which was long-listed for Album of the year MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019, and they toured throughout Scotland, Europe, North America and China. 

•Ainsley Hamill

Then on Thursday June 23, Ainsley Hamill will present music from her album Not Just Ship Land. Genre-blurring singer and songwriter Ainsley Hamill’s debut album, 2021’s Not Just Ship Land draws on contrastingly urban inspirations, namely the social history and contemporary experience of Glasgow’s Govan district, especially as viewed by its womenfolk. Not Just Ship Land is a performance of original songs, centred around Hamill’s powerfully alluring voice amid an assured, arresting mix of folk, jazz and torch-song pop, accompanied for this live performance by film footage of Govan past and present.

Tickets for both these concerts are available now here from the Scotland on Tour website.

Save the date for the third concert, which is “Mary Ann Kennedy & Finlay Wells in Concert” at The National Piping Centre on Sunday, July 10. One of Gaeldom’s finest singers Mary Ann Kennedy comes home to Glasgow joined by Oban guitar legend Finlay Wells to celebrate their first duo tour out of lockdown. New songs and music created in the strange times with beautiful video backdrops responding to the little windows of hope and opportunity that punctuated the past two years, the long-time musical friends also revel in revisiting their trademark original songwriting and favourite traditional classics.

Tickets for this concert and more details will be available here at the Scotland on Tour website shortly.