What’s on at Piping Live! Tuesday, August 15

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This time next week Glasgow will be full of pipers and drummers and Piping Live! has a full day of events planned to keep them entertained.

See the listings below for daytime events and take your pick from pipe band performances, CLASP Grade 2 solo piping competition, a recital with Angus MacColl, piobaireach workshop with Allan MacDonald, a Gaelic language workshop, a variety of piping performances in the Street Cafe, and a Pipe Idol heat with six solo competitors.

In the evening you have a choice of the International Quartet Competition or a concert featuring four female singers and pipers exploring Gaelic song and piping’s intertwined roots. And if you have not had your fill of music by 10.30pm, head to the Late Night Sessions at the Festival Club for a tune and a pint. [If you happen to be in Edinburgh, pop along to the Scots Guards Club and catch Jarlath Henderson and Bruce Gandy at the Eagle Pipers.]

If you can’t be in Glasgow next week but want to be part of the music, check out the Piping Live! 2023 Online Festival Pass here. There are two +LIVESTREAM events included in the pass for Tuesday.

9.00am

The CLASP’s World Amateur Solo Piping Competition, Grade 2

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-clasps-world-amateur-solo-piping-competition-2023-grade-2
venue: The NPC – Otago St, WEST END VENUE


10.15

Street Cafe Sessions – Pibroch Network Conversations

Graphic design. Impact and inclusivity: visualizing pibroch on page and screen – Find out more

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


10.30am

Learn @ Live! Northumbrian Piping

Join renowned Northumbrian Piper Andy May, as he discusses the music and history of the beautiful Northumbrian Pipes.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/learn-at-live-tuesday-northumbrian-piping
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


11.00am

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Sons of Holyland & District, Nazareth

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-tuesday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


12.00noon

Book Presentation – The Campbell Letters

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/book-presentation-the-campbell-letters-1
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


12.00noon

Emerging Talent – Beatha

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


12.00noon

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – St Andrew’s College Pipe Band, New Zealand

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-tuesday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


1.00pm+LIVESTREAM

Lunchtime Recital Series – Angus MacColl

Forging an unbreakable connection between the past and the present, the lunchtime recitals at Piping Live! 2023 have been curated to breathe new life into instruments played by some of Highland piping’s most iconic players.

Today’s recital is by Angus MacColl. Performing on John MacColl’s pipes, 4-time Glenfiddich Champion, Angus MacColl pays tribute to one of piping’s most important trailblazers of the late-19th and early-20th.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/lunchtime-recital-series-tuesday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


1.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band, Scotland

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-tuesday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


1.30pm

Take Your Piping Further – Higher Education in Piping

Join representatives from the HND Music – Piping and the BMus Piping Degree course to chat through the further education possibilities in piping.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/take-your-piping-further-higher-education-in-piping-1
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


1.30pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Armagh Pipers Club

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/armagh-pipers-club

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.00pm

Gig in the Gallery: Estonia

Duo Cätlin & Marko Mägi will bring the traditional music of Estonia, some of which is hundreds of years old to Kelvingrove, as they perform with Estonian bagpipes and jawharp.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/gig-in-the-gallery-estonia-tuesday
venue: Kelvingrove Museum, Argyle St


2.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Kilmarnock Pipe Band, Scotland

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-tuesday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


2.30pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Pipe Idol Heat 2

Pipe Idol is back for 2023! Competitors will perform a set including a hornpipe and jig, a March, Strathspey and Reel and a medley of tunes between 5 – 7 minutes long, this will showcase the best young pipers in the world. With 4 to 6 competitors each day, one winner will be selected to go through the grand final which takes place on Thursday 17th August.

  1. Eala Niamh McElhinney – Scotland
  2. Cameron Bonar – Canada
  3. Gregor MacDonald – Scotland
  4. Bobby Allen – Scotland
  5. Hector Munro – Scotland
  6. Luuk Dekker – The Netherlands

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.30pm

Cabadaich Le Ceòlas – Learn the basics of Gaelic

A conversation-focused session for beginners level, with a different theme every day. These events are delivered in partnership with Ceòlas.

  • Dimàirt / Tuesday’s session will focus on “Àitichean” – Places

The rest of the week’s session will focus on: 

  • Diluain / Monday – Cò thu? Greetings and meeting people
  • Diciadain / Wednesday – Ceòl – Music
  • Diardaoin / Thursday – Days of the week & Piping Live!

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/cabadaich-le-ceolas-tuesday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.30pm

Ceòl Mòr & The Gaelic Piping Tradition

Join Allan MacDonald, Glenuig, as he looks at the Big Music and its links to Gaelic traditions.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/talk-ceol-mor-the-gaelic-piping-tradition
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


3.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Tynecastle Schools Pipe Band, Scotland 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-tuesday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


4.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Sri Damesh Sikh Malaysian Pipe Band, Malaysia

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-tuesday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


4.00pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Hazel Whyte

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/hazel-whyte

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


5.00pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Andy May

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/andy-may

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


6.00pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Grade 1 Auckland & District 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/auckland-and-district-pipe-band

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-tuesday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


7.30pm

International Quartet Competition 2023

Back at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s Strathclyde Suite for 2023, six pipe bands will send four of their pipers to compete in this head to head challenge, as 10 hidden judges decide who will take home the title in this must see event leading up to the Worlds on Saturday! 

A draw has now been done for this event, and the bands will play an MSR (own choice) in the first half and then, in the same running order, play a medley in the second half. The draw for this year: 1. Manawatu Scottish; 2. Inveraray & District; 3. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia; 4. Field Marshal Montgomery; 5. 78th Fraser Highlanders; 6. People’s Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/international-quartet-competition
venue: Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

•ScottishPower Quartet were the winners in 2022

7.30pm+LIVESTREAM

Canntaireachd

Join us to celebrate Gaelic song and piping’s intertwined roots.

Canntaireachd is an exciting new collaboration between multi-award winning singers and pipers Kathleen MacInnes, Kim Carnie, Brìghde Chaimbeul and Ailis Sutherland with the new formidable collective Staran. Celebrating and exploring the relationship between piping and Gaelic song, the project will breathe new life into centuries old songs, tunes and stories with new material woven throughout.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/canntaireachd
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


7.45pm

An Evening of International Piping with The Eagle Pipers Society

The Eagle Pipers Society, with the support of Piping Live!, will be hosting a relaxed evening of international piping with performances from two of the worlds best pipers

In 2023, the Eagle Pipers celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023, and this is just one of a number of events this year marking this special anniversary. On the evening we have 2 guest performers:

Jarlath Henderson is a leading figure in the Uilleann piping tradition. Bruce Gandy from Canada needs no introduction

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/an-evening-of-international-piping-with-the-eagle-pipers-society
venue: Scots Guards Club, 2 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh


10.30pm

Festival Club Tuesday – Late Night Sessions 

Join us for late night music at The National Piping Centre, led by some fantastic trad musicians. Our session leaders over the week will be: Tuesday, Ruairidh Iain Buxton, on Wednesday Bradley Parker and Thursday will see Fionnlagh Mac A’ Phiocar lead the music. Doors open at 10.30pm and tunes will start from 11, so bring your instrument and join in, or just sit back over a late night drink and enjoy the music! 

Free to attend. Over 18s Only. 
venue: The NPC AUDITORIUM – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE