The Wee Govan Pipers

They’re 10 years old. They're Scottish, Chinese and Nigerian. They can reduce a grown policeman to tears.

THE WEE GOVAN PIPERS traces the roller-coaster journey of the first new Pipe Band in Govan for generations. In just 18-months, the children go from picking up the pipes for the first time, to competing in the world’s largest Schools Pipe Band Championships.

“Heart-warming documentary with a sense of humour”
―Music News Scotland

“A story of laughs, tears and bagpipes, and it packs a surprising political punch”
―Third Force News

The band is the brainchild of local charities, on a mission to give the new multi-cultural generation a chance at the musical big time… and give pupils at State schools the same opportunity as those in private schools to learn Scotland’s national instrument.
Features bag-rockers Red Hot Chili Pipers and legendary piper Rona Lightfoot. Narration and original music by Ewen Henderson of Mànran.
This one-hour BBC film is based on a short that won a Royal Television Society Scotland Award.
One hour. English & Scottish Gaelic (with English subtitles).

  • Paul Cameron
  • Louise Scott
  • Vilte Vaitkute
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    59 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director - Paul Cameron