Northumbrian small pipes
Ian began playing the Northumbrian smallpipes in the early 1970s, and
is a former winner of the Open competitions at Rothbury and Redcar. He
also holds the record for coming second to Andy May during Andy's
unprecedented 9 consecutive wins of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society
He helped found the London Pipers group in the late 1970s, and organized
the Kent Northumbrian Pipers before coming to the States in 1999. In
1996, he became a full time musician, playing a variety of bagpipes and
other folk instruments for folk clubs, dances, session work, and on
street corners! Ian is now based in the Seattle area and plays the
Highland pipes, Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish smallpipes,
Northumbrian half-longs, Irish Uilleann pipes, as well as the whistle,
flute and English concertina.
His past experience includes film and television work, and performances
in the orchestral pieces "Orkney Wedding with Sunrise" (Maxwell-Davies)
and "Celtic Requiem" (Tavener), Burns Nights at the British Embassy in
Ankara, Turkey, and folk festivals in England, Belgium and Germany. Over
the years he has played in a variety of bands, including pipe bands and
folk bands, performing in both dance and concert settings.
In 1998 he produced his own recording, "The Empty Trough", which gives
an excellent sample of the differing bagpipes of Britain and Ireland. In
addition he has appeared on a number of other CDs including "A Zero Ore"
by the Italian folk rock band Ned Ludd, the movie soundtrack of "Monk
Dawson" and “Wonderful World” by the late Eva Cassidy, the pipes being
added to a remix after the singer's death.
In 2006 Ian founded an online store specializing in bagpipe recordings
called bagpipediscs.com. This has expanded to cover other traditional
music and sees Ian at a variety of festivals in the Pacific North West