IT’S the time of year for the skirls and the reels as Glasgow welcomes Piping Live! Returns to the city.
Organisers expect some 30,000 people to attend the event as 8,000 of the world’s best pipers work their magic for the week.
Monday, August 6 sees the opening night concert at the Royal Concert Hall which will be bursting at the seems with top talent from Scotland and Ireland.
Among those taking part will be Michael McGoldrick — who has performed with Mark Knopfler — Capercaillie and Kate Rusby.
Also dazzling audiences will be John McCusker, one of Scotland’s most versatile instrumentalists who has shared the stage with big names such as Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Teenage Fanclub and Paolo Nutini.
Rounding off the line-up for the opening night will be Irish musician John McSherry — who has been described as a true master of Uillean piping and has worked with Nanci Griffiths and Sinead O’Connor — and former Wolfstone frontman Kris Drever whose debut solo album contains the talents of Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble and Donald Shaw.
Doors open at 7pm.
On Tuesday, it’s back to the Royal Concert Hall for the RT Shepherd and Son International Quartet competition featuring eight of the best pipe bands going head-to-head in a showdown.
Current winners Inverary and District pipe band will face challenges from 78th Fraser Highlanders pipe band, 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) pipe band, Bagad Cap Caval, Scottish Power pipe band, St Laurence O’Toole pipe band, Strathclyde Police pipe band and the Toronto Police pipe band. Doors open at 7.30pm.
Songs of the Pipers on Wednesday at the National Piping centre showcases the best in piping and Gaelic song. Doors open at 7.30pm.
The rest of the week is equally captivating with Pipes and Strings and Blazin’ Fiddles at the Royal Concert Hall, and New Folk Friday at the Arches.
The festival finishes with the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green.
All in all, a feast of piping music for the masses.