World's Biggest Week of Piping Launches

Piping launch 2011

Glasgow will play host to the world’s biggest week of traditional music over 8th – 14th August when tens of thousands traditional music fans and 8,000 pipers, drummers and performers descend on the city for Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships

The events were launched today (Tuesday 31 May) by new 2011 ambassador - Harry Potter star Natalia Tena (3rd from right) alongside some of the newest, brightest faces in traditional music. As well as acting, Natalia is the accordion player in gyp-step band Molotov Jukebox and she jammed in George Square today alongside piper Jonathan Graham, Chris Armstrong – Pipe Major of ScottishPower Pipe Band and fiddle player Tricia Mullan. Together these young musicians represent the diverse elements of these two world-class events and they urged all spectators to ‘Pick Up The Pipes’.

“People have such misperceptions of traditional music which, like any genre, can take many forms and be interpreted by different musicians and bands in many ways” says Natalia Tena: “I play accordion in my band Molotov Jukebox. Our roots firmly lie in traditional music, but our sound is anything but traditional. I would encourage anyone to pick up traditional instruments and have a go.  It has been brilliant having a go at the pipes, I thought Harry Potter fight scenes were tough but the pipes really take it out of you!”

The World Pipe Band Championships or ‘The Worlds’ have been held in Glasgow for almost 70 years while Piping Live! is entering its 8th year and has established itself as one of the world’s top celebrations of Scottish culture showcasing a diverse blend of traditional music. 

The 2011 Piping Live! festival programme will include concerts at the Royal Concert Hall and the Fruitmarket by the likes of Fred Morrison, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Anxo Lorenzo Trio.  Throughout the event, George Square will once again be an ideal family day out as it stages free daily highlights including a special Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance.   The National Piping Centre will offer recitals, workshops and the popular Family Fun Day.  
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