The well fed, joyful, assembled company. I haven’t a Scooby where Waldo is but get out your magnifying glass – how many faces can you identify? Photo: Derek Maxwell.

Capt. John recitalist-contestants revealed

The four solo pipers who will compete at this year’s Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Trust Dinner on Sunday, August 24, have been confirmed, featuring two Canadians and two Scots. Each piper is assigned a tune composed by, or strongly associated with, the late Captain John MacLellan. This year’s […]

Sisters are doing it for the fight

Sisters are doing it for the fight

The first concert has taken place of the all-female New Zealand pipe band that aims to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to fight it. The band’s first concert took place on May 5 at the Charles Luney Auditorium in Christchurch. A total of 32 pipers and drummers […]

Vale of Atholl Grade 3 band competing at the British Pipe Band Championships last season.

Vale goes back to the future

Scotland’s Vale of Atholl is once again going ‘back to the future’* as it takes steps to rebuild after its Grade 1 band took a “sabbatical” six months ago. The Perthshire-based outfit has secured sponsorship for a tuition programme and is to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). SCIO […]

Snap to it – it’s World Play A Strathspey Day!

Snap to it – it’s World Play A Strathspey Day!

Pipers around the world are being encouraged to record their favourite strathspey tomorrow (Wednesday 15th) and share it on social media with the hashtag #playastrathspeyday. Hands up for Trad, a music education and advocacy organisation based in Scotland, is behind the ‘World Play A Strathspey Day’ idea. A spokesman said: […]

PPBSO President, Chris Buchanan hands the trophy to Andrew Carlisle.

Andrew Carlisle wins the 41st Livingstone Invitational

The 41st William Livingstone, Senior, Memorial Invitational was held last Saturday (11th), in the historic James Street Armouries, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in the Officers’ Mess of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. Andrew Carlisle of Pittsburgh won both the ceòl mòr and ceòl beag events. ‘The Livingstone’ contest is […]

Dollar Academy Novice Juvenile A Pipe Band competing in Dundee today.

Gourock, Dundee and Banchory results

Scotland’s pipe band competition season continued in earnest today with contests are Gourock, Dundee and Banchory. Competitors enjoyed mostly sunny weather, if chilly in the shade, at the three coastal venues. GOUROCK RESULTS: Grade 1 – 1. Scottish Power; 2. Boghall & Bathgate; 3. Glasgow Police; 4. Shotts. Grade 2 […]

Dunbar results

Dunbar results

The Scottish outdoor pipe band competition season got underway today on the east coast at Dunbar in East Lothian. Results:Grade 1 (MSR) – 1. Police Fife Scotland; 2. Royal Burgh of Stirling.Judges: J. Connor and B. Donaldson (piping); L. Innes (drumming) and P. Snaddon (ensemble). Grade 2 (Medley) – 1. […]

FM tuning up.

Ards results

The County Down Championships took place today at Newtonards, Northern Ireland. As expected, current World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery won the Grade 1 competition ahead of Police Service of Northern Ireland. Results: Grade 1 – Field Marshal Montgomery; 2. Police Service of Northern Ireland. Grade 2 – 1. Ravara; 2. […]

May 2018. The massed band played at Manchester's Piccadily Gardens and played a half hour set before releasing pink balloons, each with the names of the bombing victims.

Massed band tribute to Manchester bombing victims

A massed band performance in memory of Eilidh MacLeod and the other Manchester Arena bombing victims is planned for Manchester, England on Sunday, May 19. Pipe bands from all over northern England – and from Scotland and Wales – have taken part previously and most have indicated they will take […]

Last night's rehearsals for tonight's showcase concert.

Piping showcase … to a degree

Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Music Degree course will be performing tonight at The National Piping Centre. The students include Malin Lewis, John Dew, Isla Stout, Cameron Barnes, Chris Lee, Calum Ian Brown and Bradley Parker, as well as Masters Student, Breton Piper Enora Morice. They will be […]