Fred Morrison Smallpipes, a review

I’m a huge fan of Fred Morrison and his music so it was a no-brainer that when I finally bought a set of smallpipes I would go for the Fred Morrison Smallpipes from McCallum Bagpipes. I have been playing my set for about a year now fairly regularly, I’ve even recorded a track that you…

Shout Out to Teachers

This is a shout out to all the teachers out there or anyone who helps educate in any field! You are an artist, a creator! I love art; if I had all the money in the world I would fill my home with pieces from my favorite artists. Great artists are celebrated because there is…

Art through Boredom

When I was in Dublin I took one of the New Europe free walking tours. One point our guide lamented was that when Ireland was a poor country that was when great literature and art flowed out to the world. Since the new millennium, the average wealth has increased, and the only notable thing to…

The Tempest

The Tempest was the first suite that I wrote while travelling. It was a particularly grim day in Switzerland, lots of wind, grey skies and a promise of rain. The beginning of the tune is meant to mimic the build up of wind before a storm and so I deliberately kept the rudiments to a…

Busking

Some personal experiences from my time as a busker!

Pizza and Pipes!

To break with my usual ramble of the background to my tune I have decided to talk about one of my favourite meals; Pizza. I will eventually get to my tune, Jiggin’ Around, but for lunch today I made such an incredibly delicious pizza that I thought I should share a little bit about it!…

Homesick – Ar Iarraidh Ort

When you set out on a long adventure you invariably leave family and friends behind and that is hard. Sometimes coming home is even harder; you have grown on your trip, expanded yourself and broadened your understanding of the world, but those you left behind weren’t part of that growth and you’re no longer reading…

Low Light Blues – a 3/4 in silence

During my final year of my Drama degree I moved up to Johannesburg to attend Wits. I had set my heart on becoming an actor but I still wanted to keep my piping career going, so Joburg, the hometown of the best bands in South Africa, was the best place to do that. 2 years…

The beginning – Pap ‘n Haggis

A defining moment for my passion for bagpipe music came when I started the band Pap ‘n Haggis with 3 of my school friends. I had been playing for a small town pipe band for several years in South Africa but this was mostly the dry, traditional music; nothing really made me go, ‘Wow! This…

Lonely Busker online!

Check out my site for original music, designs and ideas! Still a work in progress at the moment but eventually you will have access to all my compositions and where to find my original designs. Get hold of me through my contact page if you want more information. Check out my YouTube channel to get…