Congratulations to Closkelt Pipe Band who have been nominated in Pipe band of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Erinn McIlwaine of Closkelt Pipe Band the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Our band was formed in Co. Down in 1938.
We are the current RSPBA Grade 2 Champion of Champions (2nd year in a row) and cane runner up at the World Championships in Glasgow in Aug 2019.
We have been promoted to Grade 1 and will contest next season in this grade.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
We play and compete as we all have a passion for pipe band music. We try to further the ideals and beauty of Ulster-Scots pipe music.
Any particular career highlights?
Winning the World Championships in Grade 4B in 2011.
Winning British, Scottish & UK Championships in Grade 2 in 2019 as well as being runner up at the Worlds.
What are your plans for the future?
We have been promoted to Grade 1 and plan to make our first year in the top grade as great as possible.
If you wish to attend the final ceremony, tickets are are priced £25 (+ Booking Fee), and Concessions are available. To book please call Aberdeen Music Hall Box Office on 01224 641122, or visit: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/all-shows/the-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards/2734. Bands performing on Saturday 7th December include Skerryvore, Session A9, Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Winner 2019), Heisk, Aberdeenshire Youth Band, Sian, Robyn Stapleton, Mairi Campbell and the Pendulum Band, Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band and more to be announced. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the Awards till 1am.
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