‘Live Back in Ireland’ Picture Gallery – Updated with report from Ulster- Scots Reception

The ‘Live Back in Ireland ’87’ concert was held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, last night.

Many of the original 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band were joined by an all-star cast of guest players from the UK and Ireland for the show compèred by Bob Worrall.

During the evening Bob presented souvenirs to, among others, Kenny Stewart, who wrote of the original concert for Piping Press, Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President), and Meaghan Lyons (Event Co-ordinator).

George Ussher (RSPBA President) described the historic concert as, ‘One of the defining events in pipe band history’. 

The pictures below are courtesy John Kelly and show snapshots from the concert and pictures of guests before and after what was hailed as a ‘tremendous success’.

Read a review of the band’s earlier Glasgow concert here

George Ussher (RSPBA President) and special guests Cllr Audrey Wales MBE (Mayor of Mid & East Antrim) and her husband Chris Wales (Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Ruth Parkes, Gail Graham and Andrea Young
Derek and Clare Boyce
Kenny Stewart receives his souvenir banner

Earlier the Ulster-Scots Agency hosted a reception for the band, concert organisers and guest players. It was held in the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, Belfast on Friday 24th February.  The reception provided the opportunity for RSPBANI officials to thank the band (including many of the original performers) for their efforts.  During the evening, Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) presented souvenir plaques to two original performers Pipe Major Bill Livingstone and Michael Grey as a memento of the historic concert.

St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band members Terry Tully, Stephen Creighton, Alan Bromell, Conor McNally and Alen Tully…below Bill Livingstone and other members of the ‘Live Back in Ireland’ all-star cast