Maybole’s Scott is piping idol

Scott Barrie
Scott Barrie

Maybole’s Scott Barrie was the winner of the 2015 Pipe Idol championship at the annual Piping Live week in Glasgow.

The competition this year consisted of 16 of the best young pipers from Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland

Each competitor had to perform a March, Strathspey & Reel, a Hornpipe & Jig and a medley of their own choosing.

The final was judged by four judges in the audience, unannounced to the players and the event was streamed live on Piping Live’s channel, and will be shown on BBC Alba at a later date.

For his efforts, Scott, a 19 year-old piper with the Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band, received a set of top-of-the-range Fred Morrison smallpipes valued at more than £2,000.

Scott, who is a special constable with Police Scotland is starting an apprenticeship with G.E. Caledonian at the end of the month and started his piping career with Maybole pipe band at the age of 10.

At the presentation was Fred Morrison who is a household name in the world of piping, known for his prowess on the Great Highland Bagpipe but also for his highly successful career performing on stages across the globe.