From my the age of nine, bagpipes have been a massive part of my life. I’m originally from Kingussie in the Highlands, where I was initially taught the bagpipes by my school History teacher, David Taylor. With great encouragement (and selflessness!) from my parents and other family members I successfully competed in the bagpipe competitions at Highland Games all around Scotland and at pipe band competitions from a young age, as well as playing in traditional Scottish folk bands.
I moved to Edinburgh in 1996 to go to university, gaining a degree in Business and Information Technology. To be honest, I’m not too sure how I did this, given that studying and attending university often wasn’t “compatible” with the many piping related activities I had at the time, including a six month stay in in South Korea to promote Mackies Ice Cream! I’ve performed for many events all over Scotland and further afield such as Taiwan, Angola, China, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe.
I originally launched Scottish Bagpipers in 1998 when I was student. Sadly I didn’t keep it going after I took up a “sensible” job in IT (Boo!!). I was still doing a lot of piping though, employed by various music agencies and from word of mouth for weddings and events, and still playing at competitions with my pipe band.