Guards Club Knockout – 15th December 2013

Margaret Dunn won her round of the Scots Guards Club knockout against Greig Wilson on Sunday 15th December and will go on to the semi finals in March or April.
The next round is Craig Sutherland and Sarah Muir on 19th of January at 4pm as usual with curry after.

Metro Express 2014 Now Open for Enrolments!

The National Piping Centre and The Metro Cup announce a weekend of world class piping including workshops, competitions, social events and more. The Metro Express workshops will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Newark, NJ, USA and are scheduled to coincide with the Metro Cup and Metro Express competitions.

For More Information Click Here


Competition Entry Closing Date: 1st February 2014.
Only 20 spaces available per workshop.


Venue of the Year 2013

The National Piping Centre was delighted to be awarded Venue of the Year after over a decade of hosting countless events, concerts, gigs and more. The centre also hosts the annual Piping Live! Festival which sees over 10,000 visitors each year come in to Glasgow for hundreds of piping events.

Broadcasted live on BBC ALBA, the awards- organised by Hands Up for Trad- saw stars of the Scottish music scene flock to Aberdeen’s Music Hall to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional Scottish talent. This year’s glamorous ceremony was hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney. Winners of the prestigious awards were selected by almost 90,000 public votes.

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA says: “The Trads recognize those that have achieved excellence and we at MG ALBA are delighted to have been involved once again as sponsors.”


Christmas Opening Hours 2013

Monday 23rd
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- Open as normal

Tuesday 24th
Tryst – 9am – 3pm
Shop – 9am – 2pm

Wednesday 25th

Thursday 26th

Friday 27th
Tryst- 12am – close
Shop- 12am – 5pm

Saturday 28th
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- Open as normal

Sunday 29th

Monday 30th
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 31st
Tryst- 8am – 3pm
Shop- 9am – 3pm

Wednesday 1st January

Thursday 2nd January

Friday 3rd January
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- Open as normal

NYPBoS donates concert profits to Philippines relief fund

NYPBoS - Fruitmarket
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPBoS) – one of the world’s top youth pipe bands – has announced that it will donate the profits from its St Andrews Day concert at the Clyde Auditorium to the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund.

The decision was made as the devastation wrecked by Haiyan resonated in particular with the band’s director Alisdair McLaren whose family live in the Philippines and were directly affected by the Super Typhoon.

NYPBosPoster - SECC 2013Says Alisdair McLaren: “Like the rest of the world I was horrified by the scale of the disaster but I was also worried for my relatives who live there and my mum who was visiting when the Typhoon hit. Thankfully no one in my family was badly hurt but their homes are damaged and they’ve lost so much – which still makes them luckier than so many other families.”

“I am very grateful that the National Piping Centre and National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland have offered to do this so hopefully we can get as many people along as possible to support this great cause.”

The NYPBoS is a non-competing, cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland who have represented the country all over the world. Launched in 2002 by The National Piping Centre, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds.

This year’s St Andrew’s Day concert will showcase both Senior and Development Bands performing a mix of well-known traditional and exciting contemporary music with a spin.

Tickets can be purchased online via Ticket Soup

Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout Live at The National Piping Centre

Finlay MacDonald & Chris Stout

Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout

with Special Guest Ross Martin

Wednesday 27th November

At The National Piping Centre

Doors at 7pm

Start time 7.30pm

Tickets £10

Hot off the release of their latest album ‘The Cauld Wind’ Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout come to Glasgow as part of their Scottish Tour to play an intimate acoustic concert featuring both new material and classic tunes. Joined by the fantastic Ross Martin on guitar, this dynamic and charismatic duo are not to be missed.

This musical experience is not only a must for both fiddle and pipe enthusiasts but for all fans of traditional music in one of its purest forms.

Traditional music magazine The Living Tradition said that Chris and Finlay were an ‘unfeasibly talented duo‘ and that they ‘create sounds that weave together beautifully and demand that you sit up and listen’.

You can book tickets from our online shop or by phoning us on 0141 353 0220, emailing us at or on the door.

Chris Stout is nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013, along with The National Piping Centre who are nominated as Venue of the Year.