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postheadericon A blether on the tele and radio.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 10.50.10On Saturday 22nd August, Newtonmore meet Inveraray in the 2015 MacAulay Cup Final live from Mossfield Stadium in Oban.

You can catch all the action live on BBC2 from 3pm with commentary from the voice of Shinty, Hugh Dan MacLennen, Drew MacNeil and presented by Jonathan Sutherland. I’ll be trackside for all the action and punditry throughout the match.

Then the following day I’m looking forward to sitting in the Travelling Folk hot-seat on BBC Radio Scotland Sunday 23rd August from 7-9pm, as Bruce MacGregor takes a weekend off to galavant around the country with his band, Blazing Fiddles.

On the show i’ll be interviewing Capercaillie singing sensation, Karen Matheson as she looks to release her new solo album ‘Urram’, while Capers bandmate Charlie McKerron comes on for a blether about his other project, Session A9, as they look to hit the road in the next few weeks.









postheadericon Nee Naw Nae Mare

It’s with a heavy heart that after fifteen and a half years of service i have to say farewell to the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service as i cannot commit to the required amount of hours anymore to continue with Spean Bridge’s CRU. IMG_1861

It really has been an incredible experience to be involved with such a great bunch of lads over the years who genuinely commit so much time and dedication in their efforts to hang around with a view to help others.

I have some incredible stories and memories that will last me a lifetime from my time in the unit and I want to wish everyone in the Spean unit and Lochaber district a huge thank you once more.

Here is a picture from my last shout with Alpha 29.

Over and out x

postheadericon Our Heroes OUT NOW!!!

Well here it is, Scotland’s first ever collaborative charity folk single!

It really has been a brilliant experience from start to finish working with all my pals on this very worthwhile and rewarding cause.

If you wish to download ‘Our Heroes’ then please click here and remember all monies raised from the track goes straight to Scotland’s veteran charity Erskine.

Here is also a video of us making the track.

I hope you enjoy 🙂


postheadericon Our Heroes

I have been working away recently on creating Scotland’s first ever collaborative charity folk single with a track i have composed called ‘Our Heroes’Erskine

This idea was inspired to me through the incredible story of Lance Corporal Donald Patterson who fought with the 4th Cameron Highlanders, who fell on the 18th May 1915 at the Battle of Festubert.

His bagpipes were then sent home and have continued to progress through his family ever since. I wanted to record those very bagpipes on the track alongside an array of Scotland’s finest talent and release the track 100 years on to the very day that Donald fell in France and donate all proceeds to Scotland’s veterans charity, Erskine.

Huge thank you again to everyone who donated their time and talents for this very worthwhile charity.

Phil Cunningham, Duncan Chisholm, Julie Fowlis, Siobhan Miller, Ali Hutton, Martin O’Neill, Ewen Henderson, Ryan Murphy, Scott Mackay, Duncan Lyall, Alec Dalglish, Scott Wood, Ross Ainslie, Chris Pugh, Douglas West, Leon Thorne, Duncan MacGillivray, Iain Anderson, Jack Smedley, Adam Sutherland, Marc Clement, Calum Malcolm, Grant MacFarlane, Gorbal Sounds Studio, Angus Stirrat and my dad Hughie.


postheadericon Happy New Year


I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year with your loved ones and i hope there will be plenty of drams and music that will bring us together throughout 2015.

I spent hogmanay this year performing with Mànran at Inverness’ street party ‘The Red Hot Highland Fling’ which was fantastic and incredibly it stayed DRY!

A huge thanks to all at Inverness City Council for putting on such a fantastic event.

Here is a wee video of us performing on the night.



postheadericon Mànran ‘Year in the life’ documentary

When contacted in 2013 with a joint proposal from HG and Demus Productions to make a ‘year in the life’ documentary with no input into the editing process, we were sceptical to say the least.

However under the watchful eye of Helena Gallagher, Nick Low and director Dave Martin, we had a complete blast filming this 1 hour long documentary which followed us across parts of America, Europe, Australia and at home.

The documentary will be aired on Christmas day ay 9pm on BBC ALBA, however if you eat your body weight in turkey and keel over on the couch and miss it then it has since been put up on youtube if you fancy watching it.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

postheadericon Time to hang up the boots!

Today Fort William Shinty Club secured the National Division title trophy at Oban in front of a huge crowd at Mossfield Stadium.

It was after this match though that i felt it time to announce my retirement from the sport.

IMG_0202This has certainly not been an easy decision, however  i feel at this time the right decision.

With my musical commitments taking me away more and more from the sport it has become increasingly more difficult to play with Fort William and with so many new young fresh and eager faces coming through, the club is without question in very safe hands.

The sport of Shinty has given me some of the best days out of my life alongside memories and friends that i will cherish forever.

I cannot express just how sad i am at the thought, however want to thank everyone at Fort William Shinty Club, the Camanachd Association and everyone involved throughout the sport for all the craic and nonsense over the years. x

postheadericon Shinty’s Heroes

Shinty’s Heroes is an hour long special that features music and chat from the Blas Festival 2013.

It was an honour and pleasure to be musical director of this show alongside our MC for the evening, Shinty historian, Hugh Dan MacLennan, to highlight and showcase the great men that left their highland shinty playing communities to head off for the Great War.

BBC ALBA Saturday 5th January 2014 9pm and repeated again on Sunday 6th January 2014 at 8pm.

This show which features an amazing array of musicians including, Kathleen MacInnes, Duncan Chisholm, Iain MacFarlane, Allan Henderson and many many more is being revisited at Celtic Connections 2014, Mitchell Library on February 2nd. Click here for ticket info



postheadericon Ceilidh na Bliadhn’ Uire 2013 Hogmanay Ceilidh

Delighted to be Musical Director and part of the House band with Manran again this year for the BBC ALBA Hogmanay show.

This years show comes live from Partickburgh Hall, Glasgow and is live from 11.30pm 31st December 2013.

This years line up consists of.

Barbara Dickson,
Linda MacLeod,
James Graham,
Darren MacLean,
Paddy Callaghan,
The Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band,
Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band,
Glasgow Gaelic Choir,
Anna Massie,
Allan Henderson,
and Manran.

It will be some party again.


postheadericon Home Coming Visit Scotland Advert 2014

Delighted to feature very briefly in the new Home Coming 2014 Visit Scotland advert which was launched on November 20th. With a huge year ahead for Scotland with the Ryder Cup, The Commonwealth Games and much much more, it’s an honour to be part of the official advert to promote all things Scotland.

If you want to watch the advert then you can click on the link for a peak 🙂