Hello and welcome to The Phantom Piper web-site.
I am passionate about my music, it comes from my soul and I believe it is my true vocation.
My first album ‘Shores o’ the Forth’ I proudly dedicated to my late dad when his health was failing him; and to all my family who have been a constant source of encouragement with never failing confidence in my ability. I produced my second album ‘Bend It Like Jane’ with the help of Shantyshack Recording Studios.
That album was really well received in Australia where I felt honoured to perform at the Highland Gathering as part of the Adelaide Music Festival.
As a result of my performances I was invited to perform live and be interviewed on Ethnic Radio, a multicultural station in South Australia. I have been so lucky to have had received opportunities to play at concerts and festivals from all over UK to Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Tenerife, Austria and Australia.
In May 2012 time I suffered a set back, which included my piping I was involved in a nearly fatal road traffic accident. Put it this way, without going into much detail I’m VERY luck to even be alive, and very surprised i’m not paralyzed. I had to take a year out off my piping. When I was able to get back into piping it was hard, as it was difficult to get back into the swing of things and it was hard to realised that I wasn’t as good as I used to be the year prior. It was frustrating and I had to build up my strength to get back to normal. I felt as though I lost some of passion and I thought “whats the point any more?”.
I then got asked to play for Celtica Pipes Rock. This was a huge deal for me. All of a sudden I realised the “point of it”. I am a Piper, it is all that I am and without my pipes, I am nothing....
It was hard but I practiced more and worked even harder. Celtica Pipes Rock has saved my piping (all 17 years worth) and me as a person.
Performing live with Celtica Pipes Rock was just the best feeling in the world. It ROCKED. I forgot how much I loved playing and performing. The members of the band are all lovely and they have became part of my 2nd family.
With their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes by storm all audiences from Highland Games and town festivals, to bankers and punk rockers. In addition to their high-energy music and fire juggling, flamethrowers on their instruments guarantee an exciting show: an event that‘s sure to please all the senses.
From Europe‘s Best-Kept-Secret to International Headliner Act
Professionalism and total commitment at every performance are the band´s key to success: Right away CELTICA got booked as headliner of the biggest Celtic/Scottish events in Central Europe in 2011 and 2012, 2013 will take them again to the USA and Canada.
My thanks goes to (in no pacific order) to my family, for the endless support and encouragement. David Wardle, for the fantastic photos, help and support. Celtica Pipes Rock for having me play with Them. (you all ROCK). And my fans and followers, without you all, I couldn’t continue on my Journey and with my bag piping work thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
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