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BIOGRAPHY

IAIN MACDONALD

Iain was Born in Glenuig, a tiny Gaelic speaking village, inaccessible by road until 1967. Educated in Glenuig and Mingarry Schools. Went on to Queen Victoria School in Dunblane where he was taught piping by Pipe Major John MacKenzie of Campbeltown. Later Piping tuition included Piobaireachd from P/M Roderick MacDonald of South Uist and lessons at Duncan Johnstone’s  Piping School in Glasgow. Founder member of ‘Fir Chlis’ Gaelic Repertory Theatre Co. Also worked with 7:84 Theatre Co and Gaelic Rep Co, Tosg. Played and toured with Traditional Band ‘Ossian’ for nine years, was involved in the founding line-up of ‘Wolfstone’ for a short time then joined ‘Battlefield Band’ until 1996. Recorded with many of the well known Trad Musicians working today and produced various albums of predominantly Gaelic Traditional Music including  Ann Martin, ‘Dàimh, Dòchas, Julie Fowlis, Rona Lightfoot, Mary Smith, Blazin’ Fiddles, Kathleen MacInnes. Archie MacAllister, Griogair Lawrie, Mairead Stewart. Taught at many Educational Establishments like the Traditional School of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, Limerick University in Ireland, RSAMD Glasgow, Benbecula College in Uist. Iain is currently Artistic director of ‘Ceolas’, the Gaelic Arts organisation in South Uist as well as tutoring at the Lews Castle College in Benbecula UHI and teaching piping for the South Uist Piping Trust.

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