Finlay MacDonald Band
The Finlay MacDonald Band brings together the tightest of jazz and funk grooves, with blistering traditional and contemporary tunes. The Band features Finlay (various pipes, flute and whistles); Chris Stout (fiddle); Kevin MacKenzie (guitar); Fergus MacKenzie (drums) and John Speirs (bass). Together they have been forging a reputation as one of the hottest live acts to come out of Scotland and are in demand all over the U.K. and Europe.
Finlay MacDonald began learning the Highland Bagpipe at the age of ten. He was taught first by his father, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald (of Neilston and District Pipe Band) and latterly Duncan Johnstone and Pipe Major Angus MacDonald. He was one of the first ten students on the BA Scottish Music Course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In his final year at the RSAMD Finlay specialised in composition and performance, ultimately graduating in 1999.
The band have been keen to explore their country's musical heritage in greater depth and focus on the interaction between different musical styles while keeping the greatest respect for the tradition. The exciting pedigree of this group of accomplished musicians tells you you're in for a vibey, rhythm-filled listen which is enhanced further in their live performances.