News

Mixed fortunes as new year gets underway

Mixed fortunes as new year gets underway

2020 began on a happy note for some and a terrible one for others. Yesterday, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) announced the completion of the £1million restoration of its headquarters. The building, in Washington Street, in the Anderston part of Glasgow, was engulfed in flames in March of […]

Survey Summary: 100 Years of Pipe Bands

Survey Summary: 100 Years of Pipe Bands

Survey Summary: 100 YEARS OF PIPE BANDSby Michael Grey With over 200 respondents, a summarised view can now be passed along of the “100 years of pipe bands” survey offered last month to readers of bagpipe.news (and those of my blog). In my working life (corporate communications) I’ve always found […]

That was 2019 – and Happy New Year to you!

That was 2019 – and Happy New Year to you!

By Stuart Letford (for bagpipe.news) I don’t know about you but that was a quick year. It does not seem like nearly a year since I sat in  The Mackintosh Church in Maryhill, Glasgow to enjoy the ‘Seinn Air A ‘Phiob’ show held during Celtic Connections.  All too soon, the […]

2020 band tune requirements

2020 band tune requirements

T he RSPBA today gave notice of the playing requirements for the major championships next season: The competition dates for 2020 have also been finalised and can be found HERE.

Merry Christmas from bagpipe.news

Merry Christmas from bagpipe.news

It is Christmas morning here in Scotland and Bagpipe.news would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank everyone who has visited the site since it launched in May and made it a success. Since then, thousands have visited the piping web magazine and […]

SPA centenary celebrations

SPA centenary celebrations

The Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA) is to mark its centenary on January 10 – exactly 100 years since its founding in Glasgow – at The National Piping Centre Otago Street in Glasgow’s west end. All are invited. Distinguished guests are expected as well as performances from Tom Johnstone (President), Logan […]

World piping celebration in Armagh

World piping celebration in Armagh

The William Kennedy Piping festival was founded in 1993 in Armagh, Northern Ireland and has gone from strength to strength BRIAN VALLELY, Festival Director, reports on this year’s festival. When the William Kennedy Piping Festival was first launched in 1994, we little thought that a quarter of a century later […]

Lochaber Juniors 2020 / Argyllshire Gathering 1984

Lochaber Juniors 2020 / Argyllshire Gathering 1984

Lochaber Piping Society is pleased to announce that Jahama Highland Estates is to continue as its main financial sponsor into 2020. The company manages a huge tract of land in Lochaber, much of which provides the catchment area for the water supply to the hydropower stations at Fort William and […]

Piping Live! 2019 generates £2million to economy of Glasgow

Piping Live! 2019 generates £2million to economy of Glasgow

The 2019 Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival generated over £2million (approximately US$2.67million for the city of Glasgow’s local economy, figures reveal. The figures indicate a modest increase from last year’s event, which generated £1.9 million (approximately US$2.5million) An economic impact report found that the 2019 event welcomed over 33,000 […]

Thinking outside the (pipe) box – Christmas gift ideas

Thinking outside the (pipe) box – Christmas gift ideas

Dropping hints to your spouse this Christmas? Scratching your head trying to think of presents for the piper in your life? A wise man – or woman – should heed our advice. With Christmas upon us, bagpipe.news popped into The Bagpipe Shop in McPhater Street in Glasgow’s city centre to see […]