Scottish piper Andy Matthews with Carolyn and Jim Pierce at the Travelling Country Music Association social.
Scottish piper Andy Matthews with Carolyn and Jim Pierce at the Travelling Country Music Association social. Gerard Walsh

Pipe band sergeant plays along

A WORLD championship pipe band pipe sergeant delighted the crowd at the Travelling Country Music Association social at the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club yesterday.

Andy Matthews has travelled from Scotland for a gap year at The Scots PGC College and was one of 14 entertainers performing at the event.

He was pipe sergeant of the Oban High School Band which won the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

Mr Matthews described the atmosphere at the association social yesterday as lively.

While in Australia, he will compete in band competitions and has already come up against Australian No.1 Ross Campbell.

Association president Marlene Crowe said after hosting socials in Warwick at Slade School Hall last year, the association moved to the Cowboys this year for its January social and would return after the end of the rugby league season for more socials.

"In between, we have socials in March, May, July and August at the Allora Community Hall," she said.

The association is gearing up for its biggest weekend of the year, the Ultra Golden Country Music Festival at the Warwick Town Hall on February 24-26.

Performers 50 years and older will be on the program.


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