The 61st Festival of the Tartans & Highland Games

Open Bagpipe Quartet Competition


First-ever Atlantic Canada Open Bagpipe Quartet Competition Set for July 14

New Glasgow’s annual celebration of Scottish culture and Heritage - the Festival of the Tartans - will host the first-ever Atlantic Canada Open Bagpipe Quartet Competition this summer.

Bagpipe quartets from across the region are cordially invited to compete on July 14, 2017 at 11:30 at New Glasgow’s Tartan Field. There will be additional opportunities to perform throughout the town during the festival.

A prize of $1000 will be awarded to the top quartet, with additional purses of $300 for second place and $200 for third.

“Quartet competitions allow for creative music, harmonies, countermelodies, and rhythmic measures to be explored and celebrated,” says Robbie McInnis, a local pipe major who is spearheading the competition. “This forum of competition is always a pleasure to both perform and listen.”

McInnis said the competition will be judged by respected and recognized judges. Pipers of all ages and abilities are welcome to to enter, and they will be judged on the playing grade stated and how well they performed within that standard of play.

The competition will not be a sanctioned Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, meaning any and all pipers are welcome to participate and the results will not count towards Championship Supreme ratings for the season.

Festival of the Tartans President Ken Langille says the competition is an exciting addition to the reinvigorated program.

“It will be a great opportunity for locals and tourists alike to experience unique Celtic music,” he said.

The 51st annual Festival of the Tartans runs from July 11 to 15, 2018 and features Highland dancing, massed pipes and drums, heavy athletics, musical competitions, a golf tournament and parties for the whole family.

Quartets can get more infomation from the Festival of the Tartans Facebook page, and register by emailing Robbie McInns at