Angus MacColl

Born in Benderloch, near Oban, Angus MacColl initially learnt the pipes from his father. He has won Gold Medals at both the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering. He has also won the former winners Clasp at the Northern Meeting, and several Ceòl Beag prizes. He currently teaches at the Oban High School. He has won… Read more »

Anxo Lorenzo Trio

Anxo Lorenzo is a virtuoso award-winning Galician piper who has toured extensively throughout the major European festival circuit, having featured in WOMAD, Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Festival lnterceltique de Lorient, Festival do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira, Schottish Weekend, William Kennedy Piping Festival, to name but a few. His exceedingly high octane, mesmerizing performances have… Read more »

Bagad Brieg

With Bagad Brieg, an unforgettable show is guaranteed. Created in 1978 in Brieg, a small town 15 kilometres north of Quimper (Finistère), Bagad Brieg is a reference in the music of Bagadoù.This traditional Breton music band is always – at the state-of-the-art, combining music and stage performance. This is the reason why it is acclaimed… Read more »

Bagad Cap Caval

Bagad Cap Caval was founded in 1984. The band’s competitive successes in Brittany include winning the Bagad Championships in Grade 3 in ’94, Grade 2 in ’95 and Grade 1 in ’08, ’09 ,’10 and 2015. The band first competed in Scotland in Grade 3 in 1996. In 1997, they were promoted to Grade 2… Read more »

Belgian Blend Pipe Band

Belgian Blend Pipe band was founded in late 2004 out of the merging of two grade 4 bands based in Antwerp, Belgium. Almost immediately we started to compete, first at local contests and later internationally. The band won several trophies, resulting in a promotion to grade 4b and a couple of years later to grade… Read more »

Callum Armstrong

Callum is an innovative piper whose questing approach to the hitherto unexplored acoustic possibilities of the smallpipe is taking the instrument into new musical areas. Some of Callum’s recent projects have been to develop a polyphonic technique for double smallpipes, collaborating with pipe maker Julian Goodacre to develop a chanter with 3 octaves worth of range and… Read more »

Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums

Formed in 1921 by Scottish immigrants, Clan MacPherson is celebrating its 95th year as one of the oldest continuously operating musical organizations of its type in the United States. Current band membership is comprised of a students and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The band has traveled internationally since 2002, making several… Read more »


Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to… Read more »

Davidson’s Mains Pipe Band

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Davidson’s Mains and District Pipe Band, formed in 2010 by Pipe Major Clare Miller, is now in it’s fourth year as a competing band. Last year saw the ‘senior band’ with 25 members aged between 10 and 17, entering the adult grading as a Grade 4b band. There are also 25 members competing in the… Read more »


Since triumphantly bursting on to the folk scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca – the energetic five piece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, guitar, bass and drums – are quickly making a name for themselves among some of Scotland’s finest folk acts. With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz,… Read more »

Duo Lagrange Rutkowski

In this duo, Gaël et Sébastien offer you traditional music for dancing, largely from the repertoire of the Morvan but also from those of the Auvergne and Ireland as well as their own original compositions. In the belief that traditional music is not moribund but is evolving through the years thanks to oral communication and… Read more »

Duo Lipparini Calanca

The Lipparini Calanca Duo join us here at Piping Live! from Bologna, Italy. The Duo members are Franco Calanca, who plays the Piva Emiliana, a type of Italian Bagpipe, and Mario Lipparini who will play the guitar and celtic harp. Their style of music is Anrique Music, Renaissance Music, 17° Century Music and 20° Century Folk Music all… Read more »

Eddie and Luc

Hailing from Glasgow’s vibrant traditional music scene, Piper and Whistle player Eddie Seaman (Barluath) and Guitarist/Singer Luc McNally (Dosca) combine in an exciting new duo. Since meeting in Glasgow in 2013 both musicians have toured extensively with several lineups including band’s such as Barlauth, Dosca and Sketch. They released their first EP Headlights in 2015… Read more »

Edmonton Youth Pipe Band

The Edmonton Youth Pipe Band is operated by the Edmonton Boys’ Pipe Band Association. Founded in 1929, the mission of the association has remained unchanged for nearly 90 years. That mission is in general; to foster and create interest in the Music, Lore, and Tradition of the Great Highland Bagpipe and in particular to maintain… Read more »

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… Read more »

Greater Midwest Pipe Band

One of the top Scottish bagpipe bands in the U. S., The Greater Midwest Pipe Band is made up of more than 40 pipers and drummers that hail from six different states, as well as from Canada. This all-star group plays a mix of traditional and contemporary music for the highland bagpipe, backed with a… Read more »

Hugh Cheape

Professor Hugh Cheape is a leading scholar in the history and culture of the Highlands, and has a longstanding academic interest in the Highland bagpipe and its music, culture and history. He was responsible for developing the bagpipe collection of National Museums Scotland, the bulk of which is now at the Museum of Piping at… Read more »

Inveraray and District Pipe Band

Formed by Pipe Major Stuart Liddell in 2005 the band started in Novice Juvenile Grade and made rapid progress from Novice to Juvenile to Grade 2 winning the World Championships in each grade – 2007 (Novice), 2008 (Juvenile) and 2009 (Grade 2). They were promoted to Grade 1 in 2010 and managed to get into… Read more »

Lubomir Tatarka & The Guild of Slovakian Bagpipers

The Guild of slovakian bagpipers is a public association which is active in Slovakia for 20 years. Its members come from various areas all over Slovakia and representing bagpipe culture at various events and festivals at home and abroad. In December last year, was slovakian bagpipe culture and bagpipes inscribed on the Representative List of… Read more »

MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band

The Mackenzie Pipe band was founded in 1918 by Pipe Major James Mackenzie at the end of the 1914 -1918 war for returning ex-servicemen fulfilling their musical ambitions. In 1958, the Mackenzie amalgamated with the Caledonian band to form the Mackenzie Caledonian Pipe Band. Since 1975 the band has had a youth organisation which has… Read more »

Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band

The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band is based in the lower North Island of New Zealand, and has a proud history dating back to 1925. The band is led by Pipe Major Stewart McKenzie and Drum sergeant Gary Potter, and is returning to Scotland for the ninth time. Manawatu Scottish is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s… Read more »

Matt MacIsaac and Mac Morin

Hailing from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, MacIsaac & Morin are a powerhouse duo of pipes and piano. Matt MacIsaac, a former Silver Medallist at Oban and member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, was born into a piping family and has enjoyed much success in both competitive and folk piping.  Mac Morin, one of… Read more »

New Zealand Police Pipe Band

Formed in 1936 as the Wellington Police Highland Pipe Band, and renamed in 1994, the New Zealand Police Pipe band celebrates its 80th year of service this year. From its original formation by a group of dedicated police officers at the Wellington South Police Station this Band is now one of the leading bands from… Read more »

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band was established in 2005. Following the bands early success piping and drumming became part of the curriculum in schools in December 2007, with pupils receiving fortnightly lessons. North Lanarkshire Council have made a huge commitment and investment to ensure that children who wish to learn pipes or drums will be… Read more »

North Stratton Pipe Band

The North Stratton Pipe Band was founded in October  2014 under Pipe Major Hugh Armstrong, Pipe Sergeant Rob McRae, and Lead Drummer Michael Hansen.  The band is based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The band  had a very successful first season which saw them  finish 8th Place at the Grade 2 World Championships.  North Stratton… Read more »

Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipe Band

The Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were formed in 2002 and followed on in the piping and drumming tradition of the Police band in its previous form, The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC. The band competes in Grade 2 and has had an extremely successful competition… Read more »

Portland Metro Pipe Band

Portland Metro Pipe Band was formed in 2006 as a competitive pipe band for serious musicians. Led by Pipe Major Mark Tomasetti and Drum Sergeant Andrew Finley, Portland Metro Pipe Band is made up of Grade I and II players from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Portland Metro Pipe Band is a consistent prize winner in… Read more »

R. Alba Duo

The R.Alba Duo is made up of Asturian Gaita Maestro Ruben Alba Garcia and renowed Guitarist and Bouzouki player Ruben Bada Da Silva. Ruben Alba Garcia Ruben Alba Garcia was born in Asturias, northern Spain, in 1984. He began playing the bagpipes in the ‘Tabladar Bagpipe Band, directed by Jose Manuel Tejedor, when he was… Read more »

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right, the past 10 years have seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet! They are bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a… Read more »

Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers

The Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers of Kingston, Ontario, Canada is a strong community organization with a long history of offering instruction in piping, drumming and Highland dancing. The pipe band was established in 1953 with the dancers forming in 1962. As one of only a few permanently integrated band and dancer groups,… Read more »

Robert Watt

Robert from Maghera, Northern Ireland, began to play the pipes at the age of seven. He has had a successful career both in bands and solo piping and has won many titles including the worlds and major championships and several All-Ireland and Ulster championships. After years in his local band, he joined the FMMPB in… Read more »

Robyn McKay and Friends

Robyn McKay and Friends are a five-piece band, consisting of Robyn McKay on pipes, whistles and vocals, Harry Gorski-Brown on fiddle, Andrew Herrington on guitar, Cavan Rodgers on accordion, and Callum Cronin on double bass. They met through school/university and started playing together in March. Their debut performance will be at Piping Live and their… Read more »

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton

Ross and Ali met at the Vale of Atholl pipe band when they were 12 years old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan. Gordon instilled a great passion in the guys for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to… Read more »

Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart

Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart are a new Pipe and Fiddle duo based in Glasgow. They create a dynamic blend of traditional tunes and songs based around tight tune playing, variations, interweaving harmonies and rhythmic ideas. Ross is an established competition piper and Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He is… Read more »


Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, RURA are “one of the most exciting band’s on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines). With their second album, 2015’s Despite the Dark, accompanied by extensive UK and international touring, RURA have cemented their reputation as one of Scotland’s most powerful folk-based bands. Their… Read more »

Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band

The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band is a Grade 1 pipe band that was first formed with the aim of competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008. The idea to form the band was hatched at the Glenfiddich Piping Championships by a number of the participating competitors. It was recognised that there were… Read more »

Stuart Liddell

Stuart Liddell

Stuart Liddell, from Inveraray, started piping at the age of nine and was originally taught by his grandfather, the late Pipe Major Ronald McCallum M.B.E. He has also had tuition from Jim Henderson and Hugh MacCallum. For seven years he was a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band thereafter joining the Simon Fraser University… Read more »

The Armagh Pipers Club

The Armagh Pipers Club was established in 1966 and 2016 marks the club’s 50th Anniversary. The group playing at Piping Live! this year represents the future of the club as in addition to playing in many of the club groups they are also actively involved teaching in the club either full time or part time…. Read more »

The Bourdon Collectief

The Bourdon Collectief is a baroque ensemble featuring a very special kind of bagpipe, the French musette de cour. Not only do we place the musette de cour in the frontline, we also have a unique approach to French 18th century pastoral music. Chédeville, Boismortier… are often regarded as second-class composers. We want to give… Read more »

Toronto Police Pipe Band

As ambassadors of both the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto, Canada, 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. In 1912 the band was founded and led by Police Constable Thomas… Read more »

Tralee Pipe Band

Tralee Pipes and Drums was formed in late 1965 with a first public performance at the ‘County Fair’ on June 7th 1966. One of the first piping instructors was a Scotsman named Alan MacKenzie, who was then working in the town as a dentist. Tralee is situated in County Kerry on the south west coast… Read more »

United-Maniacs Scottish Pipes and Drums of St. Gallen

The United-Maniacs Pipe Band was formed in 2005. The successful band history started with a first performance, our Burns Night, in 2006. Since then, we are happy to give numerous wonderful and exciting performances at public or private events. The participation at band competitions has an important influence on our musical development. It’s a chance… Read more »

West Lothian Schools Pipe Band

West Lothian Schools Juvenile Pipe Band was formed in 2011. Under the tuition of their Pipe Major Gordon Bruce and drumming Instructor David Ross the band started competing in the Novice Juvenile Grade in 2012, taking 6th place at The Scottish Championships and winning at Pitlochry Highland games. 2013 saw the band compete at 4… Read more »

Willie McCallum

Willie McCallum is one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today. A native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping and several times over. He received his main tuition from his uncles Ronald McCallum and Hugh A. McCallum and also came under the guidance of Ronald McCallum, MBE,… Read more »

Xeremiers de Soller

The association called Xeremiers de Sóller was born in 2001 with the main objective of keeping the tradition of the majorcan bagpipe (xeremies) and teaching new performers of this instruments. We take part in all the festivals that are celebrated in Sóller and in many arround Majorca . We have also performed in festivals in… Read more »