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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 February 2017 1:39 PM

Meaghan Lyons was on Belfast's U105 this morning speaking to Pamela Ballantine about 'Live Back in Ireland 87'. If you missed it, click here to listen again: 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 6 February 2017 1:43 PM

RSPBANI are delighted to announce that the cast of ‘Live Back in Ireland 87’ are willing to give a young piper and drummer the chance to play on stage with them during the re-enactment of the famous 1987 Ballymena concert.

To give as many as possible the opportunity to join with the All Star cast, Pipe Major Bill Livingstone has suggested that the opportunity for the young pipe and drummer to be the “Young Stars of Live Back in Ireland ‘87” is offered out as follows:

  1. All Grade One, Grade Two and Grade 3A pipe bands registered with the RSPBA NI are invited to nominate one piper and one drummer to perform on stage with the ‘Live Back in Ireland 87’ cast on 25 February 2017 at the Belfast Waterfront.

           The nominated piper and drummer must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be a registered member of the band
  • They must be under the age of 18 as of 25 February 2017
  • They must be able to attend rehearsals of the ‘Live Back in Ireland 87’ show in Belfast on the evenings on Thursday, 23 February and Friday, 24 February
  1. The piper and drummer will join the cast on stage for the performance of the show’s opening number, The Lord Lovat’s Lament, and the 3rd set of the show, the 6/8 marches Ishabel T.MacDonald (John MacDonald, South Uist), Cameron MacFadyen (Duncan Johnstone) and Fairview Cottage (T Green).
  1. A draw to select the winning piper and drummer will be held on Friday 17th February 2017 and the winning names announced on the RSPBANI Web & Social Media sites.

           As well as joining with the band the following will be on offer:

  • Two tickets for the show will be made available to the Pipers and Drummers guests.
  • A bagpipe chanter and drum sticks will be provided to the piper and drummer to play in the show and which they may keep as souvenirs afterward.

We would be delighted to receive nominations from all RSPBANI registered U18 pipers and drummers, we have attached the piping sheet music, the drumming sheet music will follow.

For a once in a lifetime opportunity please submit your entry to the RSBANI office via email – ian.burrows@rspbani.org or to the Branch Secretary, danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org.

Good luck to all the young pipers and drummers!

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 November 2016 10:05 AM

30 years ago, the soon-to-be World Champion Pipe Band, Toronto-based, 78th Fraser Highlanders performed and recorded the now-legendary “Live in Ireland” concert. An all-star cast of guest players along with many of the original performers are once again coming together, for the final time, to celebrate the music of that extraordinary mid-August evening in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) are proud to announce that the “Live ‘back’ in Ireland 87” show will be staged on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Tickets will be available from Monday 21st November 2016 on the Waterfront’s website, 
http://waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/live-back-in-ireland-87/. People wishing to buy tickets in person should do so from the Box Office which is located in the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast.

Music from that seminal concert, and subsequent recording, will be performed and celebrated - including composer Don Thompson’s evergreen piece, “Journey to Skye”.  

The band will be led by Pipe Major Bill Livingstone and Leading Drummer J. Reid Maxwell along with a large group from the original Ballymena team including Michael Grey. Among those guests joining the cast of the show are  Glenn Brown (Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia), Stephen Creighton (St Laurence O'Toole), Ian Duncan (Vale of Atholl), Stuart Liddell (Inveraray & District), Ian K MacDonald, Sean McKeown (Toronto Police), Steven McWhirter (Inveraray & District), Duncan Nicholson (Glasgow Police), Richard Parkes, MBE (Field Marshal Montgomery), Alen Tully, Terry Tully (St Laurence O'Toole) and Ross Walker (Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia),

Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE remarked: “I was among the lucky ones who attended the great Ballymena concert; this music in many ways stayed with me and certainly had an influence on my own pipe band thinking. I’m genuinely excited to be a part of this project.”  

RSPBANI Marketing and Communications Committee Chairman George Ussher observed: “The concert in 87 was one of the defining events in pipe band history and the reprise concert in Glasgow drew a huge crowd with many traveling over from Northern Ireland for the event. The opportunity to run this concert, in the 30th Anniversary year, ‘back in Ireland’ where it all began, with many of the original cast, was too good an opportunity to miss. This is the last chance to see this show and we hope that people will grasp this opportunity.’’

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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 16 February 2017 1:07 PM

Please see attached syllabus and entry from for the 2017 Cullbackey Pipe Band 30th Annual Solos, which is being held in  in Cullybackey College, on Saturday, 8th April 2017.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 February 2017 12:58 PM

Please see attached poster for details of Lisnamulligan Pipe Band Concert on Saturday 1st, April, 2017.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 3 February 2017 12:17 PM

Please note that the Tenor Drum Workshop scheduled for tomorrow in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown has been postponed due to for unforeseen circumstances. A new date for this workshop will be advised of shortly.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 1 February 2017 2:47 PM

Please see details of Drum Major tuition in Castlederg.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 31 January 2017 2:14 PM

Annsborough Pipe Band are oholding a fundraising Race Night in Annsborough Hall on Saturday, 4th of March 2017 from 8.30pm. The admission price is £3 and in addition to the Races there will be a Disco, Bar and lots of craic.

The event is being held to boost their new uniform fund and as with such events there are a number of race sponsorship options available, details of which can be had from Jimmy Rooney on 07784 646572. Jimmy can also advise on general information and ticket details in respect of the event.

For those not familiar with the venue for the event, Annsborough Hall is located just outside Castlewellan on the Ballylough Road off the Castlewellan to Clough Road.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 31 January 2017 2:06 PM

Augharan Pipe Band Drum Corps are holding a drumming marathon on Saturday, 4th March from 9am to 9pm. Please see attached flyer for further details.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 27 January 2017 1:57 PM

Please see attachment regarding Piobaireachd Seminars for 2017.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 January 2017 11:36 AM

Please see attached for details of an upcoming event in the Donaldson Hall, Garvetagh, Castlederg on Saturday 18th of Februray 2017.