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New Ross & District Pipe Band tuning up in the sunny conditions today at Howth.

Results: East of Ireland Championships

The East of Ireland Pipe Band Championships took place today at Howth in County Dublin. It was a warm, sunny day interrupted a couple of times with brief showers. RESULTS: Open Grade – 1. New Ross & District; 2. Cullen Pipe Band.Best drum corps: New Ross & District. Grade 2 […]

The Piping Live! Big Band parading down West George Street in 2017.

Register for 2019 Piping Live! Big Band parade

Bandsmen and women are today invited to take part in the Piping Live! Big Band parade during the festival. The parade has been a feature of the festival for a number of years now and funds raised go to charity. This year, the charity that will benefit from the funds […]

Inveraray: 2019 European champions

Inveraray: 2019 European champions

Inveraray & District won the Grade 1 trophy at the 2019 European Pipe Band Championships, held today at Bught Park in Inverness, Scotland. Weather conditions were warm but wet for most of the day. The rain relented for the march past which lasted 51 minutes … then the heavens briefly […]

Finlay Peden, the only junior entry at Ceres today, playing for judge, Jimmy Banks MBE.

Ceres results

Ceres Highland Games was held today in splendid weather. With there being a major pipe band championship in Inverness, numbers entering for the piping competitions were low. RESULTS SeniorsPiobaireachd – 1. Pipe Major Ben Duncan (Lament for MacSwan of Roaig); 2. Anna Smart (The Blind Piper’s Obstinacy); 3. Christoper McLeish […]

Pipe Idol 2019 contestants announced

Pipe Idol 2019 contestants announced

The 16 pipers aged 21 and younger who will compete at Piping Live! in August for the title of Pipe Idol 2019 have been announced. There are four rounds, each with four pipers, held at 15:30 on Monday-Thursday of the festival. Contestants are required to play an MSR, a Hornpipe […]

Clunie appointed City of Edinburgh PM

Clunie appointed City of Edinburgh PM

After a hiatus of a two seasons as a result of the departure of its Pipe Major, Lachie Dick, the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band has announced a new Pipe Major ad Leading Drummer. David Clunie and Simon Grant take over immediately at the capital from the Grade 2 Denny […]

Gill Cairns competing at Inveraray in 2016.

Draw for CLASP contests

The draw has been made for The National Piping Centre’s CLASP competitions at next month’s Scottish highland games. The games are Luss, Balloch, Rosneath and Inveraray: LUSS – Saturday, July 6.Piobaireachd (commences at 10.30am but check with steward on the day)Grade 3 – 1. Hector Thomson; 2. Megan Kenney; 3. […]

Celtic connections on an Atlantic corridor

Celtic connections on an Atlantic corridor

By Hugh Cheape • From the February 2015 Piping Times In 1994, a mid-winter festival was launched in Glasgow under the banner of ‘Celtic Connections’. It was a piece of genius to fill that gloomy episode between Hogmanay and Burns’ Night with a music festival and the event has gone […]

Owen Nash, 1940-2019

Owen Nash, 1940-2019

We are sorry to report the passing last night of Owen Nash. Owen was a very well known figure in piping, particularly in Manchester and the wider north of England. He died at home where he was receiving 24-hour palliative care following six months of ill health and admittance to […]

Wandering pipers

Wandering pipers

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #51, 2011. A couch that converts to a bed is a good thing to have. A spare bed is right up there with common household conveniences like, say, a toaster, a fridge or a bottle opener.  A spare room may be best and […]