LISTEN: Gillie McNab explains how the band will play in a post-COVID world
The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band are excitedly preparing to come together and perform again at the annual Highland Night held at Pitlochry Recreation Ground.
The event will hold a special place in the history of the pipe band as not only does this mark the first outdoor performance together since January 2020, but the band will also be debuting their new Murray of Atholl Tartan uniforms.
Secretary of Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, Gillie McNab, said:
“We get back to our Highland Nights! Which is absolutely amazing, we’re so excited to get them started again.
“We haven’t been out as a pipe band since our last engagement at the opening of the salmon fishing on the 15th of January 2020 so it’s a whole year and a half.
“Practice started back three weeks ago. It is just good to be back.
This year’s Highland Night should have marked the bands 56th year however due to COVID restrictions, it will celebrate the 55th year of performances.
“It started as a fundraiser back in the 1960s.
“We would hold one on a Monday night and the tourist association would hold one on the Wednesday night, so we used to have two a week back then.
“The pipe band still kept having theirs and we’re still going till this day.”
Also on the programme of entertainment is musical performances by Alan Brown on guitar and Scottish songs by May Brown.
The Jean Swanston Highland Dancers will also perform.
Due to social distancing requirements and the Pipe Bands precautions to keep visitors safe, the event will not march. The event will start and finish in Pitlochry Recreation Ground.
Guests are encouraged to come by car and show their appreciation of the band by ‘tooting’ your horn.
The band are also running a draw with a kind donation of Whisky from the Blair Atholl Distillery.
For more information or to book your place at Highland Nights, please visit: https://thevale.org/highland-nights/