Northern Ireland Piper of the Year Results

Northern Ireland Piping Society’s ‘Piper of the Year’ competition took place in the Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena, County Antrim, on Saturday 7th October 2023, writes Ken Stewart.

Champion Piper was James Fraser of Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. James was fresh from his victory at the All Ireland Solo Piping last month.

He is pictured left with his trophies.

This was the first PotY event since covid. The Piobaireachd, MSR and H&J events were adjudicated by Donald MacPhee and John Reville.

Results were as follows:
1st  James Fraser, Nameless, Hiharin Dro o Dro
2nd Marc Warnock, Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach
3rd Scott Wallace, King’s Taxes

1st James Fraser
2nd Scott Wallace
3rd  James Stone
4th  Marc Warnock

H/pipe & Jig      
1st James Stone
2nd James Fraser

Best Junior  –  Marc Warnock

Reader Michael Egan and judges John Reville and Donald MacPhee

It is worth noting that Marc Warnock is classified as a junior competitor yet he has a grasp of ceòl mòr way beyond his years. It is really encouraging to have younger players with such a passion to study piobaireachd and perform at this level.

Mike Egan is our resident reader at the Piper of the Year. He travels from Limerick to fulfil this role and has not missed an event, both competing and reading, since its inception in 1995.

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1 thought on “Northern Ireland Piper of the Year Results

  1. Great to see NIPOTY back up and running after the COVID restrictions. Could Piping Press please advertise the next one in advance?

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