What’s on at Piping Live! Sunday, August 20


Sunday, August 20 is the day after the World Pipe Band Championships – but the piping doesn’t stop. The Gordon Duncan Memorial Piping Competition takes place on Sunday afternoon, then we have a trad music session with Tarran in Waxy O’Connors in the early evening, which fills the time nicely till the Closing Concert begins at 7.30pm. Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton and Jarlath Henderson & Innes Watson will end the Piping Live! 2023 festival on a musical high.

The Closing Concert has already sold out, so check out the Piping Live! 2023 Online Festival Pass here to allow you to watch the concert online. There are two +LIVESTREAM events included in the pass for Sunday.


Gordon Duncan Memorial Piping Competition 2023

Four pipers compete to win this prestigious prize, celebrating the music of Gordon Duncan.

This unique event continues to celebrate the late-great Gordon’s links to Scotland, Ireland and Brittany as each competitor will play sets of Scottish, Irish and Breton music. Confirmed pipers so far are Anna Smart (Scotland), Enora Morice (Brittany) and Austin Diepenhorst (USA). They will be judged by a panel of experts, with the overall winner named the best player of all three musical styles.

This event is sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes and The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE

•2022 winner Bradley Parker on the left being presented with the winners trophy by Ian Duncan, with Angus Nicholson, Andrea Boyd and Ladislas Klatka


Waxy O’Connor’s – Live from Church Bar

Round of a great week of music with some fantastic tunes at Waxy O’Connors, in the heart of the City.

Join 2023 Celtic Connections Battle of the Bands winners Tarran as they perform a storming set to round of a brilliant week, live from the Church Bar at Waxy O’Connor’s.

venue: Waxy O’Connor’s Church Bar

•The Armagh Pipers’ Club in the Church Bar in 2022.


Closing Concert 2023

Join us at The National Piping Centre to close out the festival in style with two festival favourite – Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Band and Jarlath Henderson & Innes Watson

Jarlath Henderson & Innes Watson will open the show, then Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton will be joined by Jen Butterworth, Patsy Reid and Owen Sinclair to round off this year’s festivities with a bang, as we celebrate 20th edition of Piping Live!.

In Person tickets for this event are now SOLD OUT. You can still watch it via our Vimeo channel.
Thank you to the Celtic Arts Foundation, who have sponsored this event.

venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE

•Ross Ainslie
"The first person to mention my nails gets it!" Ali Hutton addresses the audience at The Drygate.
•Ali Hutton
Jarlath Henderson in the Central Hall at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
•Jarlath Henderson