P/M Iain MacDonald

Pipe Major Iain MacDonald received great encouragement as a boy from his parents who are from Bernera on the West side of Lewis. More formal tuition was received from the late P/M Donald MacLeod and from Duncan Johnstone. As Pipe Major of the Neiston and District Pipe Band, Iain's interests in traditional music of different countries and cultures increased. He now has a repertoire of European folkdance tunes which he has transposed to the Scottish Bagpipe scale. As custodian of the Hamilton collection of bagpipes, Iain plays Northumbrian, Uillean, Scottish Lowland, Bombarde and Binou. He was the original piper of the Glasgow based band Kentigern and guested with Battlefield Band on an album they made for the Benton Record company (Arfolk SB358 - 'Battlefield Band 2')

Iain's daughter Fiona and son Finlay are now prominent players in their own right - Finlay once temporarily filling the pipers role on a Battlefield Band tour of Poland.

P/M Iain MacDonald appears on the album 'A Controversy Of Pipers' (Temple Records COMD1008)