• 4th July − 16th September 2012 | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Musical Partnership

Irish Republicans and Northern Irish Protestants have always sought and found support in Scotland and during the Troubles, bandsmen from Northern Ireland would travel to Scotland regularly in support of Scotland’s major parades. Scottish people in return would do the same for big parades in Northern Ireland. Fraternal links were forged between the bandsmen in both countries, many of which continue today. Membership in these flute bands is strong and an expression of solidarity with either Loyalist or Republican ideas.

The Glaswegian bands central to this artwork are Parkhead Republican Flute Band formed in 1978 and Black Skull Corps of Fife and Drum formed in 1981.