Artists


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 »

Auckland and District Pipe Band

The band was formed in 1929 as the Auckland and District Highland Pipe Band and adopted the Hunting Menzies tartan in honour of its first Pipe-Major, George Cowper. George was formerly of the Dundee City Police Pipe Band, and latterly Tayside Police, who also wore this tartan. We are still one of only two bands… Read more »

Brighde Chaimbeul

Brighde Chaimbeul (Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner 2016) is a piper from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. She has been described by Tim Chipping, fRoots Magazine, as an “exceptional musician” and by Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2’s Folk Show, as a “mesmerising piper”. She has performed as part of many festivals across the UK including… 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 »

Chris Ormiston

Chris received his first set on his 15th birthday, and by the end of his teens had won every Open competition for the instrument.  Initially self-taught, he sought inspiration from recordings of the piping stalwarts of the 20th Century; Tom Clough, Billy Pigg, George Atkinson and Joe Hutton, and to this day he retains a… Read more »

Cuncordia a Launeddas

The Cultural Association “CUNCORDIA A LAUNEDDAS” was formed in 1987 in Cagliari. The founders come from the School organised in 1982 by the town Council of Cagliari and directed by Luigi Lai, the most famous master of launeddas. During those years, the ancient Sardinian instrument was experiencing a moment of crisis just as the island’s… 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 »

Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail

The Féis Fhoirt Céilidh Trail is an annual project that allows young musicians to tour the Stirling, Falkirk and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area throughout the summer. The 2017 Ceilidh Trail already have a wealth of experience, with past and present members from The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, City of Edinburgh… 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 Alastair Dunn and Drum Sergeant Keith Orr, the band has won every major championship title available, including ten… 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 »

Highland Thistle Pipe Band

The Highland Thistle Pipe Band was founded in Buenos Aires thirty five years ago by a group of friends who wanted to form an independent band which would dedicate their efforts entirely to Scottish music and dancing, and especially to emulate the sound and format of traditional Scottish pipe bands. The Band’s main goal has… Read more »

Ian K. MacDonald

“Ian K” began playing at the age of eight years old and was taught by his father, P/M John MacDonald. At thirteen he received instruction from Jim McGillivray who introduced Ian and his older brother, Craig to Piobaireachd. This was the year he also became a member of the Toronto Police Pipe Band where he… 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 »

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 »

Mladá Dudácká Muzika (Youth Bagpipe Band)

Mladá dudácká muzika (Youth Bagpipe Band) was formed in Strakonice, Czech Republic, in 2006. The band has eleven members, whose the oldest member was born in 1991. The instrumentation is in the traditional form known as “velká dudácká muzika” (“a big bagpipe band”), i.e. an E flat clarinet, two B flat clarinets, two bagpipes, three… Read more »

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band

North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band was established in 2005. Following the bands early success piping and drumming became part of the curriculum in schools in December 2007, with pupils receiving fortnightly lessons. In 2016, the Novice A Pipe Band were crowned World Champions at the World Pipe Band Championships. North Lanarkshire Council have made a… Read more »

North Stratton Pipe Band

North Stratton Pipe Band is based out of Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The band is under the direction of PM Hugh Armstrong and Drum Sergeant Michael Hansen. The band was formed in the fall of 2014 and proudly wears the North Stratton Tartan. The band currently has over 40 members on its active roster. North Stratton… Read more »

Peatbog Faeries

“Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye’s finest, where you should always expect the unexpected. Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure.” fRoots Following the release of their latest album Blackhouse this legendary band will once more be back on the road in 2017 to delight audiences countrywide. Hailing from… 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 »

Scottish Fire and Rescue Novice Juvenile Pipe Band

The band was officially formed in September 2015, after it was decided to form a Novice band from the existing training & development band. They have been led since then by Pipe Major Olly Brownlie. The band are a registered competing band and since making our debut at the 2016 British Championships have gone onto… 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 »

The Jefferson Pipe Band

The band formed in 1985 as the Shasta Pipe Band but the name was changed in the late 1990’s to The Jefferson Pipe Band after the mythical state of Jefferson that almost was in 1941. The name more accurately describes the area of Southern Oregon and Northern California in which our members live. The band… Read more »

The Kamloops Pipe Band Society

The Kamloops Pipe Band Society’s Pipe Major is Scot Kortegaard, and our lead tip is Andrew Robertson. We formed the Kamloops Pipe Band Society in the late 1960’s from the Legion Pipe Band. We are ambassadors to the city of Kamloops and have represented Kamloops overseas in Japan many times. We have played at the… Read more »

The Scots School Albury Pipes and Drums

Beginning with two drums and two bugles, The Scots School Albury, in New South Wales, Australia, formed a Cadet unit and its first Band in 1939. It remained as a Drum Band until 1956 and with the introduction that year of bagpipes it became the Grammar School Pipes and Drums. In 1975 interested girls were… Read more »

Torupilli Jussi

Torupilli Jussi Duo is made up of a fiddle and estonian bagpipes from centuries ago which is revived in the 21st century. The duo plays energetic and original dance songs from the repertoire of the former bagpipe king Juss who came from a small Estonian island called Hiiumaa. The emphasis is on authenticity and creating… Read more »

West Lothian Schools Pipe Band

West Lothian Schools Juvenile Pipe Band was formed in 2011. Under the tuition of their Pipe Major Gordon Bruce and drumming Instructor David Ross the band started competing in the Novice Juvenile Grade in 2012, taking 6th place at The Scottish Championships and winning at Pitlochry Highland games. 2013 saw the band compete at 4… Read more »

Willie McCallum

Willie McCallum is one of the foremost competing pipers in the world today. A native of Campbeltown, Kintyre, Willie has won almost every prize in solo piping and several times over. He received his main tuition from his uncles Ronald McCallum and Hugh A. McCallum and also came under the guidance of Ronald McCallum, MBE,… Read more »