As part of its sponsorship of the Street Café at Piping Live!, pipes|drums Magazine has announced that it will bring four of the world’s greatest Pipe-Major and Leading-Drummer combinations in a free one-hour “Pipes+Drums” concert beginning at 2 pm sharp on Wednesday, August 10th outside of the National Piping Centre.
P-M Chris Armstrong and L-D Barry Wilson of the ScottishPower Pipe Band; P-M John Cairns and L-D Graham Brown, Peel Regional Police Pipe Band; P-M Stuart Liddell and L-D Steven McWhirter, Inveraray & District Pipe Band; and P-M Stewart McKenzie and L-D Graeme Parker, Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band will each perform in duets over the hour, bringing the audience a taste of quality that normally could only be found at the likes of the Glenfiddich and World Solo Drumming championships.
“These are eight of the world’s premier pipers and drummers, and the Pipes+Drums theme was a natural for pipes|drums Magazine to bring to listeners in this one-time free event,” said Andrew Berthoff of pipes|drums Magazine. “Among the group are no fewer than five Highland Society of London Gold Medals, four World Solo Drumming Championships, two Clasps and just about every major solo prize in each player’s home country.”
The event is not a competition, but instead a free recital that allows each duo to perform at their best, including an MSR of the quality that listeners hear at the World Solo Drumming Championship, an event that relatively few non-UK listeners attend. Barry Wilson and Steven McWhirter have won the last five World Solo Drumming titles, Wilson the last four in succession.
During the event and throughout the day, pipes|drums will be giving away merchandise to those attending, as well as special prizes every hour.
“The Pipes+Drums event at 2 pm is sure to be packed, so those wishing to get a spot in the Piping Live! Street Café marquee need to get there early, perhaps for lunch and a pint or two,” Berthoff added. “pipes|drums Magazine is nonprofit and independent, and this event is designed to give back to the piping and drumming world.”
The magazine is making a significant donation to each participating band in return for their time and talent, and hope to hold similar events featuring the leaders of other bands in future years.
Stay tunes to pipes|drums Magazine for information on additional events at Piping Live!