August 31, 2006

Sun hides at Piping Live!

The sun stayed well hidden on day two of Piping Live!, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm of spectators around the various venues. While crowds were down a bit for the open-air events, the response to the music remained strong.

Despite cooler temperatures, the National Piping Centre Café had a good number of people in attendance to hear various bands, and the daily Pipe Idol event. Tuesday’s Pipe Idol draw was won by Kyle Warren, a member of the Grade 2 Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band.

One of the really enjoyable sessions in the afternoon was a reprise of the Iain MacDonald/Iain MacFarlane concert from Monday, and with the added support of Nigel Richards. There was great playing all around, and a relaxed and interesting approach to the music.

The Back2BASSics Workshop was sold out, and students spent most of the day receiving high-energy instruction from the international panel of experts. The workshop finished with a drum fanfare on the steps of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, and despite the damp and cold there was lots of energy and enthusiasm for the day’s instruction.

While the workshop was wrapping up, a panel of music experts discussed the future of piobaireachd in the main hall at the Piping Centre, and drummers flocked to The Lord Todd bar for the Drumming Recital Challenge.

Throughout the day, the lawns around Strathclyde University in particular were busy with overseas bands preparing for the World’s on Saturday.

Iain MacDonald, Saskatchewan


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