MacDonalds of Glenuig


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Allan, Iain and Dr. Angus MacDonald were born in the tiny Gaelic-speaking township of Glenuig in Moidart. As pipers, Allan and “Dr. Angus” achieved the most competition success, each Highland Society of London Gold Medalists and winners of the Clasp at the Northern Meeting. Iain’s fame has come mainly from his work with folk groups, Ossian, The Battlefield Band and Wolfstone, and production credits for recordings by Julie Fowlis, Dàimh, Kathleen MacInnes and his brother Allan’s recordings with Margaret Stewart. Dr. Angus is a practicing general practitioner on Skye. He lived in Nova Scotia for 11 years, practicing medicine in Cape Breton. The music and Gaelic singing he heard while in Cape Breton have influenced his arrangements and expression of the music. Allan is known for his academic research into the relationship between pipe music and Gaelic song. A leading light in the Gaelic musical scene, he is in demand internationally as a composer, musical director, piper, singer, workshop leader, and lecturer on Gaelic music. One of his myriad gifts is to make pibroch accessible and loveable. His work as a scholar-performer reuniting seventeenth-century piping with its Gaelic roots is influencing a whole generation of pipers.

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