The Celtic Connections programme for 2023 has been announced today and pipers will be keen to hear that the Annual Pipe Band Concert makes a return on Saturday, February 4, with the usual early afternoon 12.30pm start.

“A unique opportunity to hear classics of the Pipe Band repertoire played many of the best modern musicians under the overall musical direction of Lorne MacDougall.” Celtic Connections 2023

The concert is titled, Names and Places 2023, and will be revisiting the the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band album from 1990 of the same name. The concert will also celebrate the the lifetime achievements of Pipe Major Ian Duncan, and will feature The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, the piping ensemble Tryst, Gary West, Gaelic singer Maggie MacInnes and PM Ian Duncan himself.

Other piping, and piping related, concerts in the 2023 festival are with Project Smok on January 20 at 7.00pm; Treacherous Orchestra on January 21 at 8.00pm; Brìghde Chaimbeul & Ross Ainslie on January 25 at 7.30pm; Breabach on January 27 at 7.30pm; Malin Lewis in a New Voices gig on January 29 at 1.00pm; Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Trio also on January 29 at 7.30pm; Allan MacDonald’s ‘We’re a Case the Bunch of Us!’ concert on February 1 at 8.00pm; Peatbog Faeries on February 3 at 8.00pm; and last but not least, James Duncan MacKenzie on February 4 at 8.00pm

•The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland on stage in the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2014. Photo: