Johnstone Pipe band to play main stage of Celtic Connections festival Johnstone Pipe band to play main stage of Celtic Connections festival
Johnstone Pipe Band have been invited to perform on the main stage at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 20th January as part of... Johnstone Pipe band to play main stage of Celtic Connections festival

Johnstone Pipe Band have been invited to perform on the main stage at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 20th January as part of the city’s 2018 Celtic Connections festival.

The Pipe Band which is preparing for its 75th anniversary was founded by Ex-Provost of Johnstone Burgh, James McKay, in 1943, and has been going strong ever since, wearing the Blue McKay tartan in recognition of its founder.

The senior band won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 3A in 2014, and, in their very first season in Grade 2, won the World Pipe Band Championships in 2015, followed by a consecutive win in 2016 which saw their promotion to the top flight of Grade 1.

In 2016 there was also a double celebration as the then Grade 4b ‘junior’ Johnstone Band also won their World Championship.

Pipe Major Keith J Bowes, said: “we are really excited that the opportunity has come our way to showcase the band on the platform of the Royal Concert Hall. It is an occasion for us to celebrate as 2018 is the 75th Anniversary of Johnstone pipe band. We will be joined on stage by our newly promoted Grade 3B band and also our Renfrewshire Schools pipe band, as well as backing musicians and dancers. We are also delighted to have secured John Mackay from STV as our compere.”

The first half of the concert will feature pipers Finlay MacDonald with Ross Martin, father and son Angus MacColl Senior and Junior, and Jarlath Henderson.

Tickets can be purchased from www.celticconnections.com or by phoning the Royal Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000.