Piping legend signs up to play Glasgow music festival

Willie McCallum.
Willie McCallum.

A local musician will be one of the star attractions at an upcoming festival celebrating the music of the bagpipes.

Willie McCallum, from Bearsden, will be playing at ‘Piping Live!’ - a week-long celebration of bagpipes and traditional music taking place between August 8-14.

It brings over 50,000 music fans to Glasgow and sees over 200 events, with over 8,000 performers, take place in various venues across the city.

Each event will showcase the world’s most talented musicians in modern trad music, with this year’s festival being headlined by the globally-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Willie, who originally came from Cambletown before settling in Bearsden with wife Christine and children Hailey and Scott, is one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today.

He has won almost every prize in solo piping, including scooping a record eight Glenfiddich Solo Piping trophies.

He has five solo recordings to his credit, as well as appearances on a number of compilation albums.

In recent years, several of his students have gained high placings at the major piping gatherings at Oban, Inverness and London.

He also has long and successful pipe band experience and was a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band - winning three major championships. Later this year her will play in the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.

Willie will be playing a lunchtime recital at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, on Wednesday, August 10, at 1pm.

Tickets, priced £7.50 adults/£6.00 concessions are available to book at www.pipinglive.co.uk.