The rain did little to dampen the spirits of music fans who turned out to enjoy Piping in the Square as part of Piping Live!, in George Square Glasgow.
In between the impressive City of Regina Pipe Band and the New Westminster Police Pipe Band, stv.tv reporter Laura Boyd managed to grab a quick chat with Piping Live! Director and founder, Roddy MacLeod.
Roddy explained the concept behind Piping Live! saying: “In Scotland we didn’t have a festival that celebrated diversity. We had lots of Highland games and piping competitions involving Scottish bagpipes but I thought it would be interesting to bring all the different piping traditions of the world.Now the festival has been running for seven years.”
“There are literally hundreds of performing bands, Celtic bands, bands from abroad and individual performers. 170 events through the week so there’s a lot of music to be heard.”
With the wealth of talent involved in the event across all age groups, is the popularity of piping on the up?
Roddy explained: “Piping had never been more popular. It’s really huge now.
“We see people coming from every corner of the globe to the National Piping centre for lessons.
“We’ve seen pipers coming from Singapore, Mexico and Brazil.”
With so much going on, it must be tough to pick out a potential highlight but Roddy noted that he was particularly looking forward to playing with super-group Spirit of Scotland and Capercaillie at the Royal Concert Hall on Friday night.
He added: “The World Pipe Band Championships on Saturday is going to be a fantastic day. Following that at night, the After World Shindig at the Fruitmarket is going to be a tremendous night.”
Speaking of the Worlds, who does Roddy think will claim the coveted title this year?
He told Laura: “I don’t know if I’d like to speculate too much on who’s going to win, but The favourites would include Simon Fraser University the current holders, Field Marshal Montgomery who are previous winners of the worlds and have been on great form this year, and one to really watch out for is the St Laurence O’Toole pipe band from Southern Ireland. They won the European Pipe Band Chapionships just about a month ago.