What’s on at Piping Live! Wednesday, August 16

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Next Wednesday at Piping Live! is another day of wall to wall pipe music with something to suit every taste. There are five pipe band performances on Buchanan Street, including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Pipes & Drums visiting Glasgow for the day, and a Grade 1 pipe band practice from the 78th Fraser Highlanders. Other highlights include a Willie McCallum solo piping recital on his uncle Hugh McCallum’s pipes, and the tune book launch for the NPC 25th Anniversary Collection – only 250 limited edition copies, so be quick! And of course, there will be the usual wide variety of pipes and pints to consume in the Street Cafe.

In the evening the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society presents InB, who will celebrate the rich sound of the uilleann pipes and Scottish smallpipes pitched in the beautiful key of B. 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 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 Wednesday.

9.00am

The CLASP’s World Amateur Solo Piping Competition, Grade 1

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-clasps-world-amateur-solo-piping-competition-2023-grade-1
venue: The NPC – Otago St, WEST END VENUE


10.15

Street Cafe Sessions – Pibroch Network Conversations

Pibroch Network Conversations – Standardisation. Competitions and musicianship, motivations and incentives – Find out more

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


10.30am

Learn @ Live! Uilleann Piping

Today, highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Jarlath Henderson will discuss the music of the uilleann pipes.

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


11.00am

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Pipes & Drums, Scotland

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


12.00noon

Emerging Talent – Tarran

Tarran are an exhilarating contemporary folk group from Glasgow, with roots in both Ireland and the Western Isles. 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/tarran

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


12.00noon

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Scots School Pipe Band, Albury, Australia

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


1.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Glendora High School Pipe Band, USA

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


1.00pm+LIVESTREAM

Lunchtime Recital Series – Willie McCallum

On the set of pipes played by his uncle, Hugh, the 9-time and current Glenfiddich Piping Champion, Willie McCallum, celebrates the legacy of one of the 20th century’s most formidable competitive pipers.

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

•Willie McCallum in recital at Piping Live 2012.

1.30pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Cätlin and Marko Mägi

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/catlin-marko-magi

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


2.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Isle of Arran Music School Pipe Band, Scotland

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/isle-of-arran-music-school-pipe-band

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


2.00pm

Gig in the Gallery: Ireland

Join the Armagh Pipers Club as they showcase the traditions of Irish music.

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


2.30pm

The NPC 25th Anniversary Collection – Book Launch

Join The National Piping Centre’s Director of Piping, Finlay MacDonald as we launch this landmark publication, celebrating 25 years of The National Piping Centre.

This new collection, featuring over 170 tunes, is a way for The NPC to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by students and staff in creating the vibrant and forward-looking community that we are all a part of. As such, you are cordially invited to join us for the book launch event, which will take place at in the Auditorium of The National Piping Centre, McPhater Street.

Here we will be launching a hardback collectors limited edition version of the publication. We will begin with a warm welcome and an introduction to the book, followed by musical performances by a few of the nearly 100 contributors to the collection. 

Make plans to hear some fantastic tunes from this beautiful new collection!

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-npc-25th-anniversary-collection-book-launch
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.30pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Pipe Idol Heat 3

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. Reece Doherty – Northern Ireland
  2. Catriona Norman – Scotland
  3. Colin Forrest – Canada
  4. Alistair Williams – Scotland
  5. Magnus Stone – USA
  6. Gregor Grierson – Scotland

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


2.30pm

Cabadaich Le Ceòlas – Learn the basics of Gaelic

Learn the basics of Gaelic with Ceòlas – a conversation-focused session for beginners level, with a different theme every day. These events are delivered in partnership with Ceòlas.

  • Diciadain / Wednesday’s session will focus on “Ceòl” or Music

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

  • Diluain / Monday – Cò thu? Greetings and meeting people
  • Dimàirt / Tuesday – Àitichean – Places
  • Diardaoin / Thursday – Days of the week & Piping Live!

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


3.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Manawatu Scottish, New Zealand

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/manawatu-scottish-pipe-band

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


5.00pm

Live Podcast – Enjoy Your Piping

Join Gary West as he presents a special episode of his Enjoy Your Piping podcast, live from the Street Café. There will be special guests, music and more!

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


6.00pm

Pipe Band Practice – Grade 1 • 78th Fraser Highlanders

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/78th-fraser-highlanders

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


7.30pm+LIVESTREAM

Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society presents inB

InB celebrates for the first time the rich sound of the uilleann pipes and Scottish smallpipes pitched in the beautiful key of B. The powerful sound of four sets of pipes playing in harmony creates a beautifully unique tonal texture. 

Award winning artists, Bríghde Chaimbeul and Fin Moore perform on Scottish smallpipes, handcrafted specially in B by Fin Moore. And on the uilleann pipes, Louise Mulcahy and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn bring their unique approach to this musical collaboration.  

Louise performs on a very special set of uilleann pipes, once owned and played by the master piper Liam O’ Flynn. This set was entrusted to Louise by Na Píobairí Uilleann in 2019. 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/lowland-and-border-pipers-society-presents-inb
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


10.30pm

Late Night Sessions – Wednesday

Join us for some late-night music at The National Piping Centre, led by Bradley Parker.

Doors open at 10.30 pm 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.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/late-night-sessions-wednesday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE