Welcome to the Ipswich Piping Society, lovers of bagpipes of all sorts, who gather every Monday evening from the farthest corners of East Anglia to chat about bagpipe music, play some tunes and learn some new tricks. Sometimes we can even be persuaded to venture out in public!

We are not a pipe band but simply love the music and the chance to learn from anyone of like mind. When we come out to play it’s to pass on our enthusiasm. We hope that you’ll experience and enjoy a little of this amazing music.

Enjoy our website and please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Ipswich Poppy Appeal

img_0120 img_0119Society pipers Rod Caird, Martin Combes and Tod Dedman at the launch of the British Legion pop-up Poppy shop in the Sailmakers shopping centre. Photos by James Fletcher.

Martlesham Heath Aviation Society

Once again we had a great time at the MHAS Open Day on September 11.  The YouTube video here captures the flavour of the occasion – the piping is about 25 minutes in (!)  Next year is their centenary – that’ll be fun!

Hold the Date

The 2017 Ipswich Piping Society Recital will be on Friday March 17 at 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn.  And who will the world-class recitalist be?  Watch this space, you won’t be disappointed…..

Bandstand on the Beach, Aldeburgh

DSC_0132The Society was honoured to be invited to play on the last day of Aldeburgh Music Festival’s lunchtime concerts on the beach on June 26.  DSC_0094Well it did rain a bit but we played Highland Cathedral with the famous Co-op Brass Band and a good set for pipes only.  Thanks for asking us and we’ll look forward to future events.  Last year we played at the Aldeburgh Musicircus so we are hoping to join in again with any future version of music on the beach.  Photos by piper Ron Bossingham DSC_0175

Suffolk Legion Day, Haughley

HaughleySociety pipers put on a good show on July 2 at the well attended County Rally and Village Fete in Haughley supported by the Royal British Legion.

Scotland in Colchester

Great day for Ipswich pipers in Colchester on June 12 – success for pipers playing with Essex Caledonian and Glenmoriston pipe bands and also a first place in the under 14s quick march for Albie Willett imagewho played Miss Elspeth Campbell.  He also came 2nd in the under 18s march,  strathspey and reel.  Well done by our youngest society member!

Terry Tully

Well that was some evening; the fifth year of the Society’s recitals and the best attended yetIMG_3046 (around 90 people came along, some from considerable distances and ranging in age from 11 to 90ish….).  Terry played a fabulous range of  mostly Irish tunes, IMG_3040many of them his own compositions and the room was enthralled.  His sound and style were very wonderful; copies of his music collections flew off the table as we all tried to work out how to get anywhere near the way he conjured beautiful, special music from his impeccable sounding bagpipes.  Watch this space and we’ll try to come up with a recital next year which comes somewhere close to that quality.

Chinese New Year

We were privileged to be invited to play at the ACCE (Anglo-Chinese Cultural Exchange) celebration of the Chinese New YearIMG_2969 in the Ipswich Corn Exchange on Sunday February 21 – and even played a couple of Chinese tunes.  12779142_1111656738865557_2246678920839186578_oHere are Alex Carruthers and David Gillingwater belting out the traditional New Year tune Gong Xi Gong Xi!  Thanks for inviting us, we had a great evening…..

2016 Recital – TERRY TULLY – Friday March 11

Terry Tully’s name is synonymous with Traditional Irish Music. His accomplishments both as a solo player, composer and as Pipe Major of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band have given a huge boost to the credibility of Irish piping.
Terry followed in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather, father, mother and uncles who were all pipers. His first lessons began in 1966 – his first and only tutor was his father Tommy.
Terry’s solo career began in the juvenile grade at the All Ireland Championships in 1971 where he finished 3rd. Throughout his 25 plus years competing in solos, he went on to win many titles including three senior All Ireland titles.
In 1973 Terry joined St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band along with this two piping brothers Patrick and Brendan and under the leadership of his father. 1974 was a proud moment for PM Tommy Tully when he was carried off the field by his three sons and other band members after winning the Grade 3 All Ireland Championships.

Terry became Pipe Sergeant of the band in 1980, a job which also included helping his father with setting up the sound.
Terry retired as Pipe Major of the St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band at the end of the 2013 season.
His proudest moment came when his own son Alen and other band members carried him off the field after winning the Grade One World Pipe Band Championships in 2010.

For more details and to reserve a £12 ticket for this great recital (at 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn, The Havens, 2 Ransome’s Europark, Ipswich IP3 9SJ) , just email

Framlingham Christmas Fair

A great evening’s piping in Framlingham as part of their Christmas fair – thanks for having us for a third year.  And then we were off to the excellent Greyhound Inn in Pettistree for our celebratory meal out.  A very good year, with new members of all ages – including at least one 11-year-old whose piping is something to aspire to!

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