World Pipe Band Championships
For the first time in a decade, a Scottish pipe band has been crowned world champions! Congratulations to Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band who, on Saturday, on Glasgow Green, ended a ten year drought for Scotland by winning the grade 1 competition. The Republic of Ireland’s St Laurence of Toole took second spot, while Inveraray and District Pipe Band grabbed third place. Northern Ireland’s Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band, who have won the competition for the last four years, came fourth; but were named 2015 champions of champions on ensemble preference.
As I wrote last week, “the worlds” (which is the culmination of the week-long Piping Live festival) really transforms Glasgow. 230 bands, from 16 nations, with an incredible 8,000 pipers and drummers, all descend on the city from far-flung, exotic places including Canada, the US, Oman, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa… and even Inveraray! I popped into the Park Bar for dinner on Friday night on my way to a gig down south, and it was so busy you would have thought that all 8,000 pipers and drummers were split between the Islay, the Snaffle and the Park! The buzz that the festival brings to the city, and the fact that pipe music is found round every corner for the week, is hugely beneficial to Glasgow’s traditional music scene.
Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia pipe band celebrate their historic win at the World Pipe Band Championships