World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships

The Oban Times - - Letters - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­mail.co.uk

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

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