Piped music

BOTH of the local pipe bands are preparing to play for pounds during the next two weeks.

Stamperland and Williamwood pipe bands are both putting on shows in the coming fortnight, in a bid to raise money for the upcoming season.

It’s a double header for Stamperland this weekend when traditional Scots music will be the order of the day at their local Parish Church.

The fundraiser is an effort to kick start their first year in the Grade 3B class following their Champion of Champions win at Grade 4A level last year.

The band — who practice three times a week — will be performing a variety of live Scottish music at 7.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Adult tickets cost £7 with children going for £5. You can reserve tickets online at www.stamperlandpipeband.co.uk.

Stamperland are not the only local pipe band looking to generate more money for the competitive year ahead.

Williamwood’s grade two band went above and beyond to raise funds last year, holding a practice on top of Ben Lomond and cycling 51-miles around Scotland, playing at five different ferry crossings.

But this year they are going back to their roots, putting on a traditional evening of music at Eastwood Theatre on Saturday,March 5 from 7.30pm.

The event will feature the grade 2 Williamwood Pipe Band and an exclusive performance from the award-winning Seonaid Aitken Set.

The band require £30,000 per year to function thanks to rising travel costs, the price of maintaining instruments, uniforms and general other expenditure.

That’s why the group are looking to southsiders to help them in their search for cash, in exchange for a night of piping.

The band will be competing at at least 12 competitions this season. The show in March will kick off the new piping year and offer an opportunity to air some new exciting material.

Band spokesman Stuart Black said “This is why we put the hard work in during the close season and everyone in the band is really looking forward to putting on another memorable show”.

The concert will take place at Eastwood Park theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £9.

To book, contact Stuart Black 07966 278 457 or e-mail williamwood-pipeband@ntlworld.co.uk.