Artists


Alasdair Roberts

Born in Germany and raised in central Scotland, Alasdair Roberts is a Glasgow-based musician – primarily a songwriter, singer, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs. Acclaimed by Folk Radio UK as ‘one of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters’, he has released several critically acclaimed albums of his music via Drag City… Read more »

Alex Gandy

Alex has been piping since he was 10 years old and has had the good fortune of growing up in a piping family. Since starting he has been taught primarily by his father, Bruce Gandy. More recently he started receiving piobaireachd tuition from Colin MacLellan, his Godfather. In 2006 he moved to Glasgow between high-school and… 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 »

Angus Nicolson

Angus Nicolson comes from the Isle of Skye and was taught by Iain MacFadyen and later by Iain MacDonald, Glenuig.  Angus competed a lot at junior level and after leaving school studied Music Performance at Lews Castle College, Benbecula.  For years Angus has performed at festivals, both at home and internationally, playing with a variety… Read more »

Anxo Lorenzo Band

Anxo Lorenzo is a virtuoso award-winning Galician piper who has toured extensively throughout the major European festival circuit, having featured in WOMAD, Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Festival lnterceltique de Lorient, Festival do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira, Schottish Weekend, William Kennedy Piping Festival, to name but a few. His exceedingly high octane, mesmerizing performances have… Read more »

Assynt

‘Assynt’ are a new folk trio featuring David Shedden (pipes/whistles), Graham Mackenzie (fiddle) and Innes White (guitar/mandolin). 2018 sees the release of their debut album ‘Road to the North’, predominantly complied of self penned tunes recorded at Oak Ridge Studios with Scott Wood. Individually, the band has worked with the Grit Orchestra, Heidi Talbot, John… Read more »

Bagad Brieg

With Bagad Brieg, an unforgettable show is guaranteed. Created in 1978 in Brieg, a small town 15 kilometres north of Quimper (Finistère), Bagad Brieg is a reference in the music of Bagadoù.This traditional Breton music band is always – at the state-of-the-art, combining music and stage performance. This is the reason why it is acclaimed… Read more »

Bob Worrall

Bob Worrall is one of North America’s leading teachers, adjudicators and performers.  Bob is a respected composer, having published three successful collections of bagpipe music. He is featured on three solo piping recordings and was a member of the folk group “Scantily Plaid”. After a piping career with a number of Ontario’s leading pipe bands,… Read more »

Borja Baragaño

Borja Baragaño is an Asturian bagpipe, flute and Uilleann pipe player. Borja started learning the Asturian Gaita at the age of 9, and was very active in the Asturian Bagpipe competition scene in his early years, as well as playing in a couple of pipe bands. At the age of 17, Borja started learning the… Read more »

Brawbeag

Brawbeag is an international piping quartet consisting of Chris Lee (Hong Kong), Enora Morice (Brittany), Calum Kaye (Scotland) and Ross Miller (Scotland). The group perform mostly original compositions with a strong emphasis on their native musical traditions with the odd old favourite thrown in for good measure! The group are all members of Grade 1… Read more »

Breabach

Breabach began 2017 in exciting fashion as receivers of the Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Folk Band of the Year’ for the second time and ‘Album of the Year’ for their fifth studio album ‘Astar’. A special Celtic Connections show to celebrate the album was held in February in Glasgow’s City Halls and was received with… Read more »

Brisbane Boys College

The Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band was originally a Fife and Drum Band, formed as part of the Cadet Corps in 1939.  Pipes were introduced in 1940 when Lance-Corporal Robert Lawrie, a Piper, introduced his skill to the College community.  Dressed in kilts of the Red Cameron tartan, the Band performed predominantly accompanying the Cadet… Read more »

Bruce Gandy

Bruce Gandy is one of North America’s foremost solo pipers. He is a full-time piping teacher from his hone in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an ever-growing stable of students, including a growing network of online students, who study with him through Skype. Another venture Bruce has undertaken is to record all of his compositions “As… 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 »

Christian Gamauf and Jamie MacDonald

The musical partnership of the Scottish Pipes and Fiddle is one that is quintessentially and historically Hebridean. Jamie MacDonald and Christian Gamauf have taken this format and incorporated infuences from places such as Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and Asturius in the north of Spain, putting their own stamp on the music. Jamie and… Read more »

CISAL Pipers

Celtic and folk music band Cisalpipers, from Center-North region of Italy Emilia-Romagna, formed in the fall of 2004. It basically originated from the passion for bagpipes and a careful research in the vast historical and musical popular and traditional repertoire of Central and Northern Europe, including Italy. The Cisalpipers repertoire includes original compositions (testifying the… Read more »

Donald Black

Having received his first harmonica from a kindly aunt at the tender age of four, Donald is totally self-taught, and, with his own unique style and mastery, has almost single-handedly been responsible for the humble mouth organ having been given a new respect and acceptance – forcing professionals and reviewers to sit up and take… Read more »

Donald WG Lindsay

“Standard Habbie” curator and host Donald WG Lindsay is a Scottish musician and singer, and musical instrument designer/inventor. His first instrument is now one of his own design, the Lindsay System Scottish Smallpipes, an instrument which offers a range more than double that of the traditional Scottish Smallpipes while still maintaining the traditional fingering techniques and preserving (and… Read more »

Enora and Maelann

Maelann Hervé, bombarde player from Locoal-Mendon, Brittany, and Enora Morice, piper from Pommerit-le-Vicomte, Brittany, play together since 2013. Both of them learned their instrument in there home town Bagad. They started to play together when they were studying music in Brest, Brittany. Since that time, they play in festoù-noz (Breton ceilidh), weddings and duet competitions. They won the national… Read more »

Eriska

Eriska is a six-piece Glasgow-based folk band established in 2016. The band’s line up includes members from the traditional music, jazz, and classical courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The members draw upon their disparate backgrounds and combine rock, jazz and folk styles to create a unique sound using both traditional tunes and band… 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 Alastair Dunn and Drum Sergeant Keith Orr, the band has won every major championship title available, including ten… Read more »

Fin Moore

Fin Moore is a piper, born & bred. He plays the Highland pipes, Border pipes and Scottish Small Pipes. For five years, he played in the Vale of Atholl Juvenile Band and is now working with his father, Hamish, as very successful pipe makers. They have made over 1000 sets of pipes. Their pipes are… Read more »

Fred Morrison

Although Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style. His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering… Read more »

Gary West

Gary West was born and brought up in Highland Perthshire, attending Pitlochry High School and Breadalbane Academy, before moving to Edinburgh at the age of 18. He was the first person to graduate from the University of Edinburgh in the newly launched degree entitled Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Historical Studies, in 1988. Following a brief… Read more »

Glasgow Police Pipe Band

In 2013, 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 »

Hamish Napier

Hamish Napier is originally from Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands. For over a decade he has been an integral part of Glasgow’s vibrant folk music scene, whilst also touring in Europe and North America with Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon(‘Folk Band of the Year 2005’ MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards). Gaining degrees… 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 »

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 »

Iona Fyfe

Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. At twenty-years-old, Iona has established a strong voicing of place in her repertoire and was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. A… 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 »

Johnstone Pipe Band

Johnstone Pipe Band are under the leadership of Pipe Major Keith J Bowes, Pipe Sergeant Douglas Campbell and Leading Drummer Leslie Galbraith. They have made a rapid ascend to grade one winning the Worlds in grade 3a in 2014 and the Worlds in grade 2 in 2015 and 2016. They have a successful feeder system… Read more »

Kondrad Wiszniewski

Award winning saxophonist and composer Wiszniewski has been performing across the world for the last 20 years. A recipient of a Parliamentary Jazz Award and 2 Scottish Jazz Awards have made him a sought after player from some of the countries top names including the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, Brass Jaw,… Read more »

Madingma

Madingma is a fascinating duo of two Flemish brothers (Stefan Timmermans and Diederik Timmermans) who are on an unstoppable musical journey through Europe with their bagpipes, flutes and diatonic accordeon. Their music has brought them to big festivals as well as living rooms, pubs, parties and smaller stages across Europe. Stefan Timmermans (1973) has given… Read more »

Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band

The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band is based in the lower North Island of New Zealand, and has a proud history dating back to 1925. The band is led by Pipe Major Stewart McKenzie and Drum sergeant Gary Potter, and is returning to Scotland for the ninth time. Manawatu Scottish is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s… Read more »

Morvan Massif

This quartet from the Central France region of Morvan, take their name from the mountain range which characterises their folk traditions and music. We are delighted to be welcoming back Gael Rutkowski and Sebastien LaGrange as well as their friends to hear more of this beautiful music from Central France

Neil Sutcliffe

Neil Sutcliffe comes from a broad musical background, being exposed to everything from Scottish ballads to boogie-woogie from a young age. He is originally from Stirling, and picked up the accordion from his dad and fiddle from his mum: family has been at the core of his experience of Scottish traditional music, continuing to influence and… Read more »

New Zealand Police Pipe Band

Formed in 1936 as the Wellington Police Highland Pipe Band, and renamed in 1994, the New Zealand Police Pipe band celebrates its 80th year of service this year. From its original formation by a group of dedicated police officers at the Wellington South Police Station this Band is now one of the leading bands 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 »

Pipers Trail

The Pipers Trail is an exciting initiative to connect musicians here and around the world and create a new collective of pipers and drummers from around the globe. They will perform each night at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo under the direction of Pipe Major Alisdair McLaren, who is also the Director of the National… Read more »

Roo Geddes

Roo Geddes has lived with an eclectic spectrum of music all his life. He currently studies Classical violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but is experienced across a varied spectrum of musical genres and styles. Roo performs with a multitude of ensembles, spanning Gypsy Jazz to Americana and has studied Scottish music with Lauren MacColl,… Read more »

Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band

The Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band was formed 4 years ago as a youth based pipe band, open to people aged eighteen years and under from the Greater Toronto Area. Although brand new, it has been fostered by over one hundred years of pipe band experience through it’s association with the Toronto Police Pipe Band…. 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 »

SIMMITRI

SIMMITRI, known for their driving arrangements, is a duet comprising of pipes/whistles and clarsach. Forming in 2017, John Dew and Helena Rose are currently students at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and have collaborated to produce a unique and distinctive style and timbre. Although their material so far is rooted in sets of tunes, which… 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 Third Half

The Third Half is a new project from Allan MacDonald, Mike Katz and Iain MacLeod. Iain MacLeod, mandolinist and composer, is best known for his work with Scottish ‘acid croft’ pioneers Shooglenifty. A founding member and composer with the group, he helped to re-define Scottish traditional based music for a new generation with a series… Read more »

Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums

The Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums band was established in 1998 to serve as a ceremonial band for Toronto Fire Services and for the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The all-volunteer band includes members from all branches of the fire service: fire prevention officers, dispatchers and firefighters, along with its valued civilian members, and… Read more »

Toronto Police Pipe Band Gr 3

The Toronto Police Pipe Band (Grade 3) is under the musical leadership of Pipe Major Scott Harrison and Lead Drummer John Gaudet. They last attended the World Pipe Band Championships in 2016 where they played in the 3B final. They capped off a successful 2017 competition season by winning the PPBSO’s Champion Supreme title for… 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 »