April 30, 2011

No foolin’: pipers may wear national dress at Dungannon

Inspired by pipes|drums’ one-day April Fools spoof story joking that Glasgow City Council was encouraging non-Scottish bands to don their national dress, a new competition in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, is asking six invited competitors to wear an ensemble reflecting their native land.


The “International Piping in the Park” solo competition has secured a line-up of six solo pipers for the May 14th contest, which will follow the Co. Tyrone Pipe Band Championships held earlier in the day. The Grade 2 Aughintober Pipe Band is putting on the event that starts at 7:30 pm at the Marquee at Dungannon Park.


Confirmed competitors and their countries of birth:  

  • Andrea Boyd, Canada

  • James Gore, England

  • Jonathan Greenlees, Northern Ireland

  • Donald MacPhee, USA

  • Gordon McCready, Scotland

  • Kevin Rogers, Northern Ireland

Contestants have to play for up to 20 minutes and include one march, strathspey & reel. Apart from that, “Players have been encouraged to be creative for the rest of the time, playing with other percussionists, pipers or indeed wearing the national costume,” according to organizers, who admitted that the idea came from the pipes|drums humour story.


Tickets are priced at £7.50 and are available directly from the Aughintober band. The contest is also supported by the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council. “An event of this nature is beneficial to all parities and adds value to the RSPBA championships,” the organizers said.




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