I have been playing the bagpipes for 15 years, under tuition from Roddy MacLeod MBE at the National Piping Centre. At the age of 14, I joined ‘The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland’ and performed onstage with the biggest names in traditional music such as Carlos Nunez, Phil Cunningham, Brian McNeil and Fred Morrison. My biggest influence is my cousin Phil Smillie, who is an original member of the folk trailblazers ‘The Tannahill Weavers’
I’ve toured the world with the world famous ‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ for the past 8 years and recorded on their CD’s ‘Music for the Kilted Generation’, ‘Breathe’, ‘Octane’ and recently appeared on their acclaimed DVD ‘Live at the Lake’, filmed in America.
Some of my notable performances have been recording on the soundtrack to the Dreamworks film ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’, appearing in a video with Nicki Minaj on MTV, playing on the MainStage at Scotland’s biggest music festival ’T in the Park’, playing at the Golf Masters for Gary Player in Augusta, playing at the Hong Kong Sevens but my most memorable is performing with Ed Sheeran at the EMA Awards.