Ali Hutton

Ali, from Methven in Perthshire, was inspired at the age of 7 to take up the bagpipes and came up through the ranks at the Vale of Atholl pipe band.  He was taught alongside Ross Ainslie by the late, great Gordon Duncan and has gone on to become a successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish music… Read more »

Alisdair McLaren

Alisdair is from Perth, Western Australia. He began piping at Trinity College, Perth at the age of 13 where he also received tuition from local pipers June Corcoran, John MacMurchie and Malcolm Brown. In 1996 which was his final year of high school, he was promoted to Pipe Major of the Trinity College Pipes &… Read more »

Angus MacColl

Born in Benderloch, near Oban, Angus MacColl initially learnt the pipes from his father. He has won Gold Medals at both the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering. He has also won the former winners Clasp at the Northern Meeting, and several Ceòl Beag prizes. He currently teaches at the Oban High School. He has won… Read more »


Since getting their start twenty years ago at a late night session during Celtic Colours, Beòlach has established itself as one of Cape Breton’s most exciting and innovative traditional bands. Performing a lively mix of Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes, the group features Mairi Rankin (fiddle, step-dance), Wendy MacIsaac (fiddle, piano, step-dance), Matt MacIsaac… Read more »

Callum Beaumont

Building on a long career in both solo and band environments Callum has come to the fore as one of the worlds most prominent and sought after pipers.  The winner of some of the most famous competitions in world piping he includes being the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Clasp at the Northern Meetings… Read more »

Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band

Established in 1880, the Canterbury Caledonian Society is one of the strongest Scottish Cultural Societies in New Zealand Located in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Canterbury Caledonian Society has a strong membership base, and includes sections for Highland & National Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Collections & Archives, Pipe Bands (four) and a College… Read more »

Cillian Vallely

Gifted Armagh uilleann pipes and low whistle player, Cillian comes from a renowned and talented musical dynasty. He has spent most of the recent past touring in the US, performing with bands such as New York-based Whirligig, Paddy O’Brien’s Chulrua and with Clare fiddler Seamus Connolly. Cillian was featured as uilleann pipes soloist in the… Read more »

Con Houlihan

Con Houlihan comes from Cullen, County Cork which is located in the famous Sliabh Luchra region , renowned for its unique style of Irish traditional music & Dance. Sliabh Luchra which straddles the North Cork-Kerry -Limerick border is noted for its unique style of Polkas & Slides. Cullen has a pipe Band since 1941 &… Read more »


Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to… Read more »

Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer which has led to concerts and festivals all over the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glasgow’s… Read more »

Dr Angus MacDonald

Angus MacDonald is one of three piping brothers from Glenuig in Moidart. His brothers Allan and Iain are well known in piping circles. Since 1993, Angus has practiced as a medical doctor in Skye, moving back from Cape Breton, Canada, where he had lived and worked for 11 years While at university in Glasgow he… Read more »

DRÅM – Nordic drone music

The bagpipes are traditionally not particularly associated with Sweden, but they have actually been played there for centuries (mostly in pastoral settings) and have experienced a popular revival over the last decades, thanks to the work of groups such as “Dråm”. The name – pronounced “drohm” – means “drone” in a Swedish dialect, an apt… Read more »

Fergus Muirhead

Fergus Muirhead has acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Piping Live Festival in Glasgow since its inception. He has also compered events at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh and he is regularly involved in concerts featuring the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland at home and overseas. He is an experienced… Read more »

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band is one of the leading pipe bands in the world, and the most influential and successful pipe band from Northern Ireland ever. Led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE, Pipe Sergeant Matt Wilson and Drum Sergeant Keith Orr, the band has won every major championship title available, including 12… Read more »

Finlay Johnston

Finlay Johnston began piping at the age of 8 and was originally taught by his Grandfather Alasdair Sinclair from Tiree and Mother Anne Johnston (Sinclair). Shortly after this Finlay began receiving lessons from Ronnie McShannon and has continued to do so until present. This teacher pupil relationship has now lasted 23 years. His mother Anne… Read more »

Finlay MacDonald

Finlay MacDonald has blazed a trail as one of the country’s finest exponents of contemporary and traditional Piping. He has worked with many leading artists in the traditional music scene including Fred Morrison, The Unusual Suspects, La Banda Europa, Old Blind Dogs and Chris Stout. He combines the mastery and dedication of traditional Piping with… Read more »


“Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music” Time Out Due to overwhelming popular demand, the legendary Flook are back on the scene. After a recording hiatus of 14 years, Flook will release their new album ‘Ancora’ in April 2019. With the flutes and whistles of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of… Read more »

Glasgow Police Pipe Band

In 2018, the band entered another phase of its history with a change of name to Glasgow Police. The pipe band consists of a mix of serving police officers and civilian members. This balance maintains the strong links to the band’s history, as well as allowing the best of civilian piping and drumming talent to… Read more »


Putting their own winningly fresh spin on traditional melodies, Hecla showcase the intricacies of pipe and fiddle music in true Highland style. Meeting as students at one of UHI’s idyllic Western Isles campuses, the band takes its name from the enigmatic hill in South Uist. With a debut album on the horizon, Hecla continue to find… Read more »

Hervé Le Floc’h

Hervé Le Floc’h has been a “Bagad” piper for 30 years in the Bagad “Cap Caval”. He has been the leader of the bagpipe section for several years. Since 2002, the Bagad Cap Caval has been ranked among the top 5 in the first category and was Brittany Champion in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015,… Read more »

Hugh Cheape

Professor Hugh Cheape is a leading scholar in the history and culture of the Highlands, and has a longstanding academic interest in the Highland bagpipe and its music, culture and history. He was responsible for developing the bagpipe collection of National Museums Scotland, the bulk of which is now at the Museum of Piping at… Read more »

Iain Speirs

Iain Speirs was taught to play by Jack D. Crichton, his father Tom Speirs, a Gold Medallist and Clasp winner, and by his grandfather Jock Speirs, Pipe Major of the London Scottish and Johnnie Walker Pipe Bands. Iain has also previously received tuition from Donald MacPherson and Murray Henderson. Iain has played in a number… Read more »

Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan is a native of Perthshire. He was taught by Pipe Major Bill Hepburn, and after training as a maths teacher became piping instructor in Dundee. He was also pipe major of Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, taking that band from Grade 4 to Grade 1,as well as Drambuie Kirkliston and Lothian and Border… Read more »

Inveraray and District Pipe Band

In 2003, renowned piper Stuart Liddell took up a new position teaching piping in schools in the Mid Argyll area. He had always had a vision that Inveraray might one day have a pipe band again, the previous Inveraray Pipe Band having disbanded in the late 1930s. In September 2003, the Inveraray Piping Project was… Read more »

J Reid Maxwell

Reid Maxwell is certainly one of today’s most decorated drummers. When the SFU Pipe Band captured the Worlds in 1995, Reid became the first person in history to lead the drum corps of two different bands to be named World Pipe Band Champions (his other victory being in 1987 with Toronto’s 78th Fraser Highlanders, also… Read more »

Jack Lee

For 30 years, Jack Lee has been regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world. As a Solo Piper, Jack has won all the top awards available… The Gold… Read more »

James McGillivray

Jim McGillivray has enjoyed a long and varied piping career since he retired from competing in 1991, having captured both Gold Medals, the Clasp at Inverness, and the M/S/R at the Glenfiddich Piping Championship. Since 1998 he has been Director of the piping and drumming program at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, an independent… Read more »

Jamie Forrester

Jamie grew up in the Trossachs but of Island heritage and spent many summers with Grandparents on Mull. He had an affinity with island culture and music from an early age and played the trumpet briefly before taking up the pipes when he was 11. His early tutors were Alistair Macready, Les Hain (RAF) and… Read more »

Jarlath Henderson

The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award, back in 2003, Tyrone-born multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson has since won further acclaim in his firebrand partnership with Scottish piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie. After rapturous reviews for their debut album *Partners in Crime*, released in 2008, and 2013’s follow-up *Air-Fix*, the duo… Read more »

John Wilson

John Wilson is a native of Campbeltown, Argyllshire and comes from a long line of family pipers in that area. He was originally taught by his father, Pipe Major William Wilson but studied pibroch under the legendary Pipe Major Donald MacLeod for 25 years. He started competing at the age of eight and won all… Read more »

Keith Orr

Keith lives in Co. Londonderry and has been leading drummer of FMM since 2003. He has been a successful leading drummer for decades, previously leading the McNeilstown Pipe Band and the Graham Memorial Pipe Band, winning the March, Strathspey & Reel section at the World Pipe Band Championships amongst other titles. As a soloist, Keith… Read more »

Maeve MacKinnon

Her voice was recently described by Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) as “exquisite”, and Songlines magazine described her new release as, “an album of stunning Gaelic songs delivered by an equally stunning Gaelic voice”. Amidst award nominations and wins, Maeve has released three solo albums in the last 12 years to critical acclaim. Between albums,… Read more »

Margaret Dunn

Margaret began learning the pipes at age 8 and was initially taught by her father Con Houlihan and Stephen Power (ex Scots Guards). She moved to Scotland in 1998 to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama where she studied for 4 years and graduated with an Honours Degree in Scottish Traditional Music…. Read more »

Matt MacIsaac

Matt MacIsaac is from Nova Scotia, Canada and has been playing, teaching and performing on the pipes for over 25 years. A member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, Matt is a Silver Medallist at Oban, and a full time professional musician on pipes, whistles and guitar. Matt is also a sergeant in the… Read more »

Murray Henderson

Murray Henderson was born in New Zealand and was taught to play the bagpipes by his father. Later, he received piping tuition from top pipers in the country, Donald Bain and David Boyle. He emigrated to Scotland at the age of 20, where he studied under great pipers of the day, and started to make… Read more »

Patricia Henderson

Born in Aberdeen, Patricia started piping at 8 years of age as a member of the Bon Accord Ladies Pipe Band, playing in her first world pipe band championship aged 11. She also competed with the Deeside Ladies Pipe Band before focusing on a solo career in her early teens. Aged 12, she started piobaireachd… Read more »

Patrick Molard

Patrick Molard comes from a long and extremely rich tradition of Breton pipers who have embraced the Highland pipe in their native France and helped to expand both the Breton and Highland piping traditions. He was born in 1951 in St Malo, Brittany. He began learning pipes in 1965 with the Bagad Quic in Groigne… Read more »

People’s Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band was formed by a group of Boghall residents in 1972 and first competed in September 1973. They progressed steadily through the grades and in 1978 and 1979 won the Grade 2 Champion of Champions award in both seasons. This was a remarkable achievement and earned the senior band promotion… Read more »

Richard Parkes MBE

Richard has been Pipe Major of 12-time World Champion Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band since 1981, making history by leading FMM to become the most successful pipe band ever to come from Northern Ireland. Richard was honored with an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2004 for recognition of his services to pipe band… Read more »

Robert Mathieson

As a Grade 1 Pipe Major with the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia, Robert has won every championship prize there is several times over, including 5 World Championship titles and 9 Champion of Champions titles. He has also won the coveted Macallan trophy twice, once in a grand slam format, winning all events in Irish, Breton… Read more »

Ross Ainslie

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Charlie Mckerron,… Read more »

Ruben Alba Duo

The R.Alba Duo is made up of Asturian Gaita Maestro Ruben Alba Garcia and renowed Guitarist and Bouzouki player Ruben Bada Da Silva. Ruben Alba Garcia Ruben Alba Garcia was born in Asturias, northern Spain, in 1984. He began playing the bagpipes in the ‘Tabladar Bagpipe Band, directed by Jose Manuel Tejedor, when he was… Read more »

Stephanie Burns

Stef has devoted much of her career studying human behaviour with a keen focus on all things to do with improving how people learn. Her work is ground-breaking in how we think about what is possible, and students who have used her work have gone on to be much better at whatever they were trying… Read more »

Steven Blake

Considered one of the most talented young pipers in Scotland Steven Blake is equally at home with traditional piping, contemporary folk music and composition. He possesses a unique style of playing which sets him apart from his peers. Perhaps best known for his work with RURA, over the last few years Steven has taken to… Read more »

Steven McWhirter

Steven McWhirter is a native of Northern Ireland and now resides in Falkirk, Scotland with his wife Grace and two children Harry and Maggie. He has won the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships on nine occasions, the most current in October, 2018. He is a full time drumming instructor with the Edinburgh Academy & Dollar… Read more »

Stuart Liddell

Stuart Liddell, from Inveraray, started piping at the age of nine and was originally taught by his grandfather, the late Pipe Major Ronald McCallum M.B.E. He has also had tuition from Jim Henderson and Hugh MacCallum. For seven years he was a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band thereafter joining the Simon Fraser University… Read more »

Susan Miller

Susan Miller (nee MacLeod) is the daughter of the late Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE. What piper has not heard the great Strathspey named after her. With an encyclopedic knowledge of his compositions and a wealth of information on the stories of the tunes and the people, no-one alive today is able to give such… Read more »

Terry Lee

Pipe Major Terry Lee is one of the most prominent and successful pipe band leaders in the world. Under his direction, the SFU Pipe Band captured the World Pipe Band Championship of 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009, and is one of only two bands in history to win both the Medley and MSR… Read more »

The Armagh Pipers Club

The Armagh Pipers Club was established in 1966 and 2016 marked the club’s 50th Anniversary. The group playing at Piping Live! this year represents the future of the club as in addition to playing in many of the club groups they are also actively involved teaching in the club either full time or part time…. Read more »

Tyler Fry

Born in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada, Tyler Fry is the recognized world leader in the art of pipe band tenor drumming. By the age of 15, he had won every major professional solo tenor drumming event in North America; including the Canadian, United States and North American Championships. Tyler a three-time winner of the Grade One… Read more »

Wendy MacIsaac

Wendy MacIsaac is a fiddler/piano player/stepdancer from Creignish, Cape Breton, Canada. Wendy has been touring all over the world for the last ten years with Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac, Beolach (her current band) and as a solo performer. She has performed in Italy, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Eastern Europe and all over North… Read more »