July 31, 2004

BBC to make documentary on Piping Hot

Piper & Drummer Online has learned that a full-feature television documentary is to be made of the Piping Hot festival to be held August 9-15 in Glasgow. IWC Media, an independent Scottish TV production company, has been commissioned by the BBC to make a documentary about piping, focusing on the festival.

According to sources, the documentary will take a contemporary look at piping, highlighting artists’ performances, and including interviews with performers, organizers and piping enthusiasts. Broadcast date is still to be confirmed.

Piping Bus Stops

Glaswegian commuters might be surprised to hear the Finlay MacDonald Band playing in two bus shelters staring July 27th.

To promote the Piping Hot festival and introduce members of the public to pipe music, stops on West George Street in the city centre and on Byres Road will be fitted with sound that will be activated between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from until August 10th.

“We’ve performed and had our music played all over the world, but this will be our bus stop debut,” says Finlay MacDonald. “It may be a shock for people the first time the music begins to play. I’ll definitely go down to watch on the first day to see the reaction.”

Each site will play three tracks on a loop with five-minutes between each song.


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