Glasgow Letter – 13.6.19

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Piping Live! makes big announcement on Buchanan Street

The world’s biggest week of piping, Piping Live!, recently turned Buchanan Street into a Hollywood-style “piping walk of fame” to announce details of its 16th year in the city of Glasgow, which will take place between August 10 and 18.

The festival gave Glasgow’s Style Mile a piping hot makeover, lining the popular street with tartan-themed stars announcing the big names set to perform – including Dougie MacLean, Finlay Johnston, Dàimh and Lúnasa.

Piping Live! is the biggest festival of its kind and a huge asset to the city: attracting more than 40,000 music fans, families and tourists who travel from around the globe to watch more than 5,000 pipers perform at 150 events across Glasgow. The programme will feature performances by the very best international acts from countries, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and Scotland, and will also see the return of the fiercely contested Masters Solo, International Quartet and Pipe Idol competitions. In addition, there will be daily performances, family fun and the hugely popular Street Café will return to The National Piping Centre for the festival. The festival culminates in the World Pipe Band Championships which will take place as always on Glasgow Green on August 16 and 17.

Hear the GG’s for free!

It’s been a busy fortnight for the choir of the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association – the GG’s. On June 1, they performed as part of a wider Gaelic celebration day in Mugdock park and this weekend, Friday June 14, they take to the stage again: this time at Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens as part of the West End Festival. The evening begins at 7.30pm and entry is free – with donations accepted for CLIC Sargeant.

Donald Black to Perform in Glasgow

Renowned mouth-organ player, Donald Black, returns to concert on Thursday June 20 in the Òran Mòr, Byers Road, for an evening of traditional music and song featuring a wonderful programme of performers. Featuring on the night will be Eric Grant, Claire Gullen, Catriona Laird, Alison Lamonby, Calum MacColl, Norman MacKinnon, and Martin Pottinger. The evening begins at 7.30pm and tickets (£12) are available from or by phoning 08444 771000.

Changes at the Clydebank Highland Association

The Clydebank Highlanders held their AGM recently and, thus, asked me to pass on the following information: We are sad to see the president, Christine Buchanan stand down from her position but welcome the appointment of Mairi Howieson as new president.

Christine has served the association for the past eight years, while Mairi has been secretary since 1977. We wish them both all the very best for the future. Mairi has been elected president to the association and has accepted this, while Jean Colraine has been nominated and accepted the role of vice president. Robert MacDonald was nominated the new secretary to the association and also accepts. The committee remains the same with one new addition: Chloe Thompson of Lewis. We, again wish all members, past and present all the very very best in their future endeavours.


Caption: Dàimh are one of a host of big names to be announced for this year’s Piping Live! festival in August.