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Andy May

Andy May

Andy started to learn the pipes in the late eighties, having been introduced to the instrument by father Stan. He learned to play from Roland Lofthouse and Adrian Schofield, and from studying the recordings of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. Through the 90s Andy entered many piping competitions and studied music at the University of York with the pipes as ...
Angus MacColl

Angus MacColl

Angus MacColl hails from Benderloch near Oban. He comes from an illustrious piping familyand is the Great Grand Nephew of the legendary John MacColl. Angus has a tremendous track record in competitive piping. In 1992 he won the Gold Medal at Inverness and in 1996 he won the Gold Medal at Oban. The year 2000 was a memorable year for ...
Angus Nicolson Trio

Angus Nicolson Trio

'With their debut album 'Lasses That Baffle Us' being released to critical acclaim last year the Angus Nicolson Trio is one of the freshest and most energetic acts coming onto the folk scene today. Being from the Isle of Skye and Glenelg, their music is very highland orientated but with clever and contemporary backing from Andrew MacPherson on Percussion and ...
Armagh Pipers Club

Armagh Pipers Club

Armagh Pipers Club was founded in 1966, and has just celebrated 48 years of musical activity in the Armagh area. Dedicated to the development of traditional music, the Club has achieved worldwide acclaim, particularly for its innovative music education programme. APC has been in the forefront of producing teaching materials since the 1970s. Initially set up to promote the playing ...

Bagad Brieg

Bagad Brieg was founded in 1978 in Briec near Quimper. The band started competing in 1981 and were promoted to Bagad Grade 1 in 1986. In the early eighties, the band started a music school to promote education from within and this led to the creation of a novice band in 1997. Some of the band’s competitive successes include winning ...
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Bagad Cap Caval

Bagad Cap Caval was created in 1984 by Denis Daniel in Plomeur (south west of Brittany) and started competing that year. After many titles in Grade 4 , 3 & 2, Cap Caval was promoted to Grade 1 in 1996 and has been very successful in the top Breton grade since, finishing second overall in 2004 & 2007 and winning ...
Calum MacCrimmon

Calum MacCrimmon

Calum’s piping career began in Edmonton, Canada at the age of 9 under the instruction of Pipe Major Arnie Stone. In ‘91 Calum and his family moved to Monifieth (just up the road from Dundee) where his feelings for traditional Scottish music deepened and an all-too-commonly seen bagpipers obsession soon took hold. Having gained his BA Honours degree in Scottish Music, ...

Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band

The Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band was formed in 1937 and has been operating continuously since that time, making it one of Australia’s longest surviving pipe bands. Throughout its history the band has had a strong focus on playing in competitions and has been a consistent prize winner at competitions throughout Australia, including winning two Australian Championships. For ...
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Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band

The Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band is based in Christchurch, in the South Island, New Zealand. The Pipe Band was formed in 1902 and is one of New Zealand’s premier Grade 1 pipe bands. Today the Canterbury Caledonian Society oversees 4 pipe bands, a Highland dancing section and a Scottish Country dancing section. The Canterbury Caledonian Society’s Pipe Band has a strong ...
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Carreg Lafar

Carreg Lafar is a Welsh language folk band, active in the Welsh traditional music scene for twenty years. The name means speaking stone or an echo stone. The band’s blend of traditional and contemporary folk has changed many people's view of traditional Welsh music, with passionate and lively performances and "a dense flurry of vocals, fiddle, pibgorn, flute and guitar" ...

City of Sails Pipe Band

The City of Sails Pipe Band is based in Auckland New Zealand and was formally set up in 1992; they wear the Red Gordon tartan. The band’s logo is a stylised yacht with drones representing Auckland which is also known as the “City of Sails”. In 2013 the band made the decision to split numbers and form 2 bands and ...
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Daimh Mor Big Band

Piping live sees the ever exuberant Gaelic champions Dàimh swell to an 11 piece extravaganza, thus creating the ultimate Pibroch Party atmosphere. Those already accustomed to the band will be familiar with the charging Pipe and Fiddle led assault from Cape Bretoner Angus MacKenzie and Californian Gabe McVarish with powerhouse Gaelic songs from Griogair Labhruidh and dexterous backing from Ross Martin and ...
Darren Maclean

Darren MacLean

Gaelic Singer Darren Maclean from Roag near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye has been singing since he was very young and by the age of 5 he had won his first competition. When he left school Darren went to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where he completed a degree in traditional Scottish music. ...
Fergus Muirhead

Fergus Muirhead

Fergus Muirhead has acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Piping Live Festival in Glasgow since its inception. He has also compered events at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh and he is regularly involved in concerts featuring the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland at home and overseas. He is an experienced Writer and Broadcaster and appears regularly ...
Finlay MacDonald & Chris Stout

Finlay MacDonald & Ross Martin

Finlay started piping at the age of ten with tuition from his father, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald of the Neilston and District Pipe Band.With Neilston Pipe Band he has travelled World Wide playing at concerts and festivals as far a field as Japan, China, Russia and all over Europe. After 3 years studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and ...
Fred Morrison

Fred Morrison

Fred Morrison is widely regarded as one of the greatest Scottish pipers alive today. His performances on the Highland, bellows blown and uilleann pipes and on the low whistle have taken the world music scene by storm. His approach is firmly rooted in the musical tradition of the Hebridean islands of Scotland but he constantly pushes the boundaries, creating a fresh ...
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Hamish Napier and Marc Duff Duo

Originally from Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands, Hamish Napier moved to Glasgow for the music scene while studying Physics and Music at university. He has been teaching music for over a decade: privately, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,The University of Strathclyde and at music schools and festivals worldwide. Hamish also toured in Europe and North America with award-winning Scottish ...
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Havanti

An explosive four piece folk ensemble, Havanti take inspiration from different aspects of their collective background to produce a distinct and diverse sound. Collectively, the members of Havanti have performed at sold out venues at the Celtic Connections and PIPING LIVE! festivals, The Royal Albert Hall, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Usher Hall, and have travelled to places such ...
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Inveraray and District Pipe Band

In 2003, renowned piper Stuart Liddell took up a new position teaching piping in schools in the Mid Argyll area. He had always had a vision that Inveraray might one day have a pipe band again, the previous Inveraray Pipe Band having disbanded in the late 1930s. In September 2003, the Inveraray Piping Project was born. With the assistance of local ...
Jack Lee

Jack Lee

For 30 years, Jack Lee has been regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world. As a Solo Piper, Jack has won all the top awards available... The Gold Medal (Inverness and Oban, Scotland) The Gold Clasp ...
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Julien Cartonnet

Julien Cartonnet is from the Morvan, a landscape in eastern France. He has been playing the bagpipes since he was 9 years old. His playing is heavily influenced Raphael Thiéry - and since the 2000 by the Irish Uilleann Pipe, whose stylistics he integrated into his traditional centrally French style.  In 2012 he won  1st prize in the concours in Chateau d'Ars and in ...
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L.A. Scots Pipe Band

The Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band, known more commonly as the LA Scots, is a competitive Grade One pipe band based in Orange County, California. The band won the 1997 World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2. In 1999, the band proved itself as a contender in the future by placing Eleventh in a field of twenty-five in the Band's ...
Lorne MacDougall

Lorne MacDougall

Three time BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading young pipers. Born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold of Kintyre Lorne was awarded a BA in Scottish Music - Piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2005 and has performed at many local ...
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Maeve Mackinnon

Twice nominated for Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Maeve Mackinnon is a former Associate Artist for the National Theatre of Scotland and remains one of the youngest artists whose debut solo album featured in the Classic Albums series at Celtic Connections 2008. Recent forays into composition, theatre and broadcasting have been augmented with involvement ...
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Michael Vereno

Michael Vereno is an Austrian born piper who plays the bock. At the beginning of the 20th century, although there is evidence that hurdy gurdies survives, bagpipes seemed to have no longer been played in Austria. A 10 year old Vereno visited Scotland with his mother where he fell in love with the pipes and returned regularly to be tutored ...

New York Metro Pipe Band

The NY Metro Pipe Band was formed in January 2010 under the leadership of PM Mike Mahoney and Lead Drummer Adrian Mordaunt. Within months, the band’s potential became evident and the decision was made to compete in the summer of 2010, a full year earlier than anticipated. The band placed first in their debut performance and lifted the Grade 3 ...
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New Zealand Police Pipe Band

The New Zealand Police Pipe Band is a seven-time winner of the New Zealand grade one championships. The Band is based at the Royal New Zealand Police College, 20 minutes north of Wellington. The Band is comprised of forty police and civilian members from around New Zealand, with guest players from overseas. It performs at Police, civic events and local ...
Niall Vallely

Niall Vallely

Niall Vallely learned his music the old-fashioned way - from his parents Brian and Eithne, who founded the Armagh Pipers’ Club. On concertina Niall shows a fearless exploration of the instruments undiscovered capabilities and has helped redefine its role in Irish music.  Over the years he has developed a unique approach to playing the instrument that was initially influenced by his ...

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band

For the first time ever, North Lanarkshire Juvenile and Novice Juvenile bands will play together at Piping Live! 2014. Piping and Drumming is part of the curriculum at 18 High Schools and 12 Primaries in the North Lanarkshire region and many of the members are also members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Highlights for the bands include placing 6th ...
Paddy Keenan

Paddy Keenan

Paddy Keenan was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan, Sr. of Westmeath and the former Mary Bravender of Co. Cavan. The Keenans were a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy’s father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, ...
Gordon Walker

Pipe Major Gordon Walker

Gordon was taught piping by the late Pipe Major David Kay. When he came of age he joined The British Army, enlisting into The Royal Highland Fusiliers. Studying under Pipe Major Iain M. Morrison, Captain John A. MacLellan and Captain Andrew Pitkeathly and passed his Pipe Major's certificate with Distinguished Honours at Edinburgh Castle. Competitive successes ...

Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band

Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band are a relatively new pipe band and this is only their second competitive season in the Novice Juvenile Grade. The Pipe Major, Lee Moore, teaches piping full time at the school and the four cluster primary schools. The drumming tutors are Simon Grant (Snare) and Heather Townsend (Bass and Tenor) both from Scottish Power Pipe ...
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Rakish Paddy

Rakish Paddy Blues is an audio-visual extravaganza which was originally commissioned in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh. Brothers Niall, Cillian and Caoimhin Vallely join forces with poet Gearoid Mac Lochlainn and a host of special guests from the world of piping to present a concert of original ...
Ro:Toro

Ro:Toro

The group is called RO:TORO, a blend of the Estonian words for reed and pipe, just as the group mixes two bagpipes, saxophone and water-drums. Ro:toro play traditional Estonian melodies with a female piper, an improvising saxophonist, electric guitar and a mad percussionist who plays plastic bowls on a waterbed. The group works with traditional bagpipe tunes which also inspire its original ...

Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band

Part of the world renowned Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band is named after Robert Barbulak and Malcolm Bokenfohr, two dedicated members of the SFU Pipe Band who were killed in an automobile accident not of their cause in November 1993. The RMM band was formed in January 1994 to continue the development of talented ...

Royal Air Force of Oman Pipe Band

The Band of The Royal Air Force of Oman is a 500 piece military band which incorporates a Pipes and Drums and a School of Music. The Band and school are based in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate. The band's Director is Colonel Nasser Al-Wahabi and its Commanding Officer is Lt. Colonel Nasser Al-Sharji. The band has ...

Saffron United Pipe Band

The Saffron United Pipe Band was founded in 1962 and is located in Babylon, New York (Long Island). This is their 5th trip to the World Pipe Band Championships in the past five years and their seventh in total. The band plays at numerous parades and functions throughout the east coast of United States and has a very busy competition ...

Scotch College Pipe Band

Scotch College is located in Melbourne, Australia. The school was founded in 1891 by Scottish immigrants and has had a pipe band since 1946. The band wear the Gordon tartan which is the official military tartan for the State of Victoria. The band has had many competitive successes over the years. Currently they are the State Champions in Juvenile ...
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Simon McKerrell

Simon McKerrell is a lecturer in music at Newcastle University who is interested in how music performs meaning in social life. His research interests are focused around Scottish traditional music, music-as-discourse, sectarianism, cultural policy and multimodal analysis. He is currently an Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Fellow, and carries out social research for the Scottish Government. He has ...
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Skipinnish

Andrew and Angus met while studying at the former R.S.A.M.D in Glasgow. They soon discovered they had a similar passion for authentic traditional Scottish music and by early 1999 The Skipinnish Ceilidh Band was established. Since then Skipinnish have never looked back going from strength to strength, achieving the title of 'Scottish Ceilidh Dance Band of the Year' in 2009. Skipinnish ...
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Stefce Stojkovski

Born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, Stefce Stojkovski was brought up in the musical tradition of his country. His father and grandfather, both musicians who played with traditional ensembles, passed on their passions to him at a very early age and encouraged him to cultivate his taste for wind instruments. By the age of seven, Stefce had already made a ...

Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stuart Highland Pipe Band, which was founded in 1964 under the auspices of the First Parish Church in Bedford, Massachusetts. The members initially explored forming a banjo band, but gave up the idea when they realized it would be hard to procure the necessary instruction. A parishioner of Scottish descent suggested they mine ...
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Tejedor

In 1995 three siblings, José Manuel, Javier and Eva Tejedor begin a new phase in their musical career. After more than a decade of total devotion to Asturian Traditional Music and earning more than twenty awards and prizes from participation in national and international competitions, Tejedor began composing new pieces for their repertoire, as their albums consist mainly of new ...
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The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band

The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band is a grade one competitive band that has excelled in both competitive and performance circles since its debut in 1982.  Led since 2011 by Pipe Major Doug MacRae, the band is renowned throughout the world for its competitive resilience and cutting-edge musical innovation. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, its members hail from across Canada ...

The College of Piping Pipe Band (Summerside)

The College of Piping Pipe Band was formed in 1993 with the intent to provide another musical outlet for students and enthusiasts of piping and drumming in Canada’s smallest province. Based out of Summerside, PEI, The College of Piping Pipe Band is sending 2 pipe bands to Scotland to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships and perform in the ...
Friel Sisters

The Friel Sisters

Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire. They have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and ...
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The Kyle Warren Band

Three time World Champion piper Kyle Warren is a member of the 2011 and 2013 ‘Grand Slam’ Champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.  Kyle is also a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and has toured world-wide performing to thousands of people and now, primarily, he is in demand internationally as a bagpipe tutor. Releasing his debut album ‘Wanted’ back ...
Mischa Mcpherson Trio

The Mischa MacPherson Trio

Hailing from Scotland's beautiful and remote highlands and islands, The Mischa Macpherson Trio are a stunning new band to look out for. This year has already seen them scoop the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award to add to their prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in January. From a very young age the trio unearthed an enjoyment in creating music which ...
National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a non-competing cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland. Launched in 2002, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland's most talented young musicians at a national level. Membership is drawn from across Scotland's 32 councils, and young pipers ...
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Toronto Police Pipe Band

As ambassadors of both the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto, the band is dedicated to playing good music well and to help bring the ancient sounds of the pipes and drums to citizens of Toronto – and the world. The Toronto Police Pipe Band was formed in 1912 under the direction of Pipe-Major Thomas Ross and the band ...
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Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band comprises of three pipe bands, playing at Grade 1, Grade 3A and Grade 4B levels. Under the leadership of Pipe Major Adrian Cramb our Grade 1 band draws membership from across Scotland. It has significantly expanded in numbers over the past year, attracting a wide range of new pipers and drummers drawn by the exciting ...

West Lothian Schools Pipe Band

West Lothian Schools Novice Juvenile Pipe Band was formed in late 2011 and started competing in 2012. 2013 saw the band crowned ‘Best Schools Pipe Band’ at the Cowal Championships as well as gaining 2nd place in the Championship. 2014 will see the band take part in all 5 major championships for the first time. The band have ...