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Posted by Ian Burrows on 7 December 2018 11:42 AM

As part of their 100th-year-anniversary celebrations in 2019, Ballyboley Pipe Band are presenting Fred Morrison in concert.

Please see the attached poster for further details. 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 December 2018 2:20 PM

Broughshane & District Pipe Band hosted a Gospel Praise Concert on Thursday 29th November in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church Hall (the band's practice hall).  Under the direction of their new pipe major, David Reid, the band kicked off a great evening of entertainment as they played a selection of well-known sacred music including 'Abide with me', 'Jesus loves me' and 'Amazing Grace'  and rounded off an excellent performance with the well-known tune, 'Highland Cathedral'.  After a quick change from the tartan band uniform the new pipe major took to the stage several times during the rest of the evening as he sang with two musical groups; firstly as a member of the Grace in Harmony Trio (accompanied by Jane Dickey) and secondly with Kellie Hanna when the duo were accompanied by David's musical wife Edith.  Also taking part were gospel singer John Porter and the minister, the Rev Ronnie Agnew, who was the compere.  A free-will offering collected on the evening raised over £1,100 in support of the Church Hall renovations.

Caption for photo:  2018-1473

Pipe Major David Reid (left) and Broughshane & District Pipe Band pictured playing at a Gospel Praise Concert in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church Hall on Thursday 29th November.

Text and photo: John Kelly

Posted by Ian Burrows on 26 November 2018 3:48 PM

RSPBANI Branch President Winston Pinkerton presents a cheque for £5000.00 to Grace Williams from Air Ambulance N.I. at the Branch A.G.M. on Saturday 24th November.

Air Ambulance N.I. was the President's chosen charity for 2018.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 2 November 2018 1:51 PM

CALLING ALL PIPE BANDS IN FERMANAGH/OMAGH

A reminder of our final Autumn Training Event.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch in conjunction with Artsland (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) and Dun Uladh are running the training event in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on the following date and topics;

10th November 2018 @ 10.00 a.m.

• Events Management
• Safeguarding
• Working with Volunteers (Motivation and Retention)

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 26 October 2018 3:46 PM

World Solo Snare Drumming

Congratulations to Samuel Hanna, Juvenile Section 1 World Solo Drumming Champion 2018!

Well done also to the following prize winners from NI bands:

Juvenile Section 1
1st - Samuel Hanna - Broughshane and District

Juvenile Section 3
3rd - Arren McWilliams - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
6th - Jamie Coffey - Major Sinclair Memorial

Juvenile Section 4
2nd - Ashley Fyffe - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
3rd - Daniel Mulcahy - Closkelt
5th - Lee Montgomery - Quinn Memorial

Juvenile Section 5
4th - Ben Gibson - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

Adult
2nd - Gareth McLees - Field Marshal Montgomery

Well done also to Matthew Shaw - Ravara - for making it through to the Semi Final!

International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming

Congratulations to Adam Montgomery, Juvenile Section 3 International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming Champion 2018

Well done also to the following prize winners from NI bands:

Juvenile Section 3
1st - Adam Montgomery - Quinn Memorial

Juvenile Section 4
2nd - Jamie Blair - Ravara
5th - Zoe Abraham - Ravara

Posted by Ian Burrows on 18 October 2018 2:53 PM

Press release - 18th October 2018

SLOT return to Armagh to continue their Musical Journey

Turas Ceoil - Live in Ireland

Armagh City Hotel, 27th April 2019.

On Saturday 27th April 2019, St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band will once again take to the Armagh City Hotel stage to showcase their critically acclaimed concert “Turas Ceoil”.

Having performed the concert to a sellout crowd of over 2,100 people last August, the show has received many rave reviews.

Following numerous enquiries, SLOT have decided to bring the show to Ireland.

“We really didn’t expect the huge levels of appreciation we have received following our show last August,” says P/M Alen Tully, “we’ve had an unbelievable amount of enquiries about whether we may ever put the show on again,

surprisingly from some people who were at the show and also from many who couldn’t make it across to Glasgow for the original.

Considering we have all the material still in our repertoire, we felt it would be a great opportunity to perform it once more for our followers who missed out or even for those who would like to experience it for the second time.”

The band have confirmed that Coda, the 7 piece male vocal group will also be joining them, while many of the other accompanying musicians will also be there.

“We will freshen the show a little so that for anyone who has seen the original will have a surprise or two, however, the majority will be the same as the last one,” says P/M Tully.

Armagh City Hotel holds up to 1,000 people and the band are expecting it to sell out fast.

“Given how quick the last concert sold out and the level of interest already in this show, we would anticipate these tickets to sell out pretty quickly.

We know there were a number of disappointed people last time around who left it too late to get their tickets, so we would encourage people not to leave it so late this time!” says P/M Tully.

Tickets for Turas Ceoil - Live in Ireland, go on sale on Thursday 18th October and will be available initially online through the band's portal on ticket retailer, Tito.

Please visit the link below to book online :

https://ti.to/st-laurence-o-toole-pipe-band/turas-ceoil-resume-live-in-ireland

There will also be a limited number of physical tickets that can be obtained from band members or at the Armagh City Hotel and these will be available from Monday 22nd October.

Tickets are priced at £17 each which includes a £2 booking fee.

For additional information contact the band at turas_ceoil@slotpb.com

Posted by Ian Burrows on 15 October 2018 4:48 PM

CALLING ALL PIPE BANDS IN FERMANAGH/OMAGH

A reminder of Autumn Training Events.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch in conjunction with Artsland (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) and Dun Uladh are running training events in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on the following dates and topics;

20th October 2018

• Committee Skills 
• Public Relations 
• Funding and Fundraising 
• Marketing and Social Media

10th November 2018

• Events Management
• Safeguarding
• Working with Volunteers (Motivation and Retention)

There is £250.00 available to each band who send representatives to attend the training events. This training is invaluable to bands as it will assist with any future funding applications that bands make and is something that funders recognize and require more and more if any future funding applications are to be successful.

To register please email: info@rspbani.org

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 2 October 2018 12:40 PM

A Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 27th of October 2018 at 2pm

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 24th of November 2018 at 11 am.

Both meetings will be held in Trinity Methodist Halls, Ballymacoss Ave, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 2GX.

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting.

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org