About the Lonely Busker

After I had finished my first degree I decided I needed quite a change so I bought a ticket to England and started a nearly year long trip that was funded by busking in various cities around the UK and Europe.

During this time I established my persona of the Lonely Busker which I have decided to hang on to despite no longer being a busker nor lonely! I also realised that if I could spend the rest of my life just travelling and playing bagpipes I would be very happy.

I have always enjoyed composing my own music and I trip of that magnitude definitely creates a lifetime of inspiration for tunes. I am firmly behind a free sharing of ideas and with that in mind I will slowly be posting all my music on this site for free.

I started playing bagpipes in the small South African town of Pietermartizburg with the Pietermartizburg Caledonian Pipe Band. I traveled to the World Pipe Band Championships for the first time in 2005 and took over as Pipe Major of the band in 2009, staying on for 2 years. Being in the arse-end of the country there was little in the way of motivation to improve my playing and I spent the first decade of my career getting by with the bare minimum. In 2011 I moved to Johannesburg and joined the Transvaal Scottish (Jocks), one of the top bands in South Africa, and for the first time found the need to push myself as a player. I left for my travels the next year where I found my true love of the instrument. from 2013 until 2016 I played for the Jocks and tutored the St Benedict’s College Pipe Band; who finished as the top school band in South Africa for the last 2 years I was there. I am currently teaching in South Korea and although I don’t get to play nearly as much as I would like to, I still love getting my pipes out and playing when the chance arises!


Any sheet music on this site you are free to play as an individual or with your pipe band. I just ask that if you play it an event please credit me as the composer (maybe even email me a video of the event if you can) and that you don’t make any solo recording of the music without my direct consent!

Happy playing!


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