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. from the age of 8 I have been playing bagpipes and at the age of 18 I was experimenting with different ways and sounds of the bagpipes, then at 21 I broke away from the "traditional bagpiper" ways.
From my early piping days I played in the traditional pipe bands such as the, "Inverkeithing High School Pipe Band", "The City of Edinburgh Pipe Band and", "The Royal Burgh of Inverkeithing Pipe Band", "Torrevieja Spanish Pipes And Drums". Then having fire in my belly I needed to see what was out there and then The Phantom Piper was born. I have played with big bands such as "Saor Patrol" and sharing stages with "The Red Hot Chilli Pipers", "The Dropkick murphy's", "Seven Nations", "Sweet", "Barely Juice", "Albannach", "Screaming Orphans" and "Tempest", so far.
I am currently Playing with the big band "celtica -Pipes Rock" and have been since spring 2013.
With an explosive Show and our 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/Rock events in Europe, Canada and the USA.
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 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 and headlining loads, all over the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Also featuring in the newspapers, television, radio. Playing in front of audiences as large as 60,000 people.
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. 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.