WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Eddie is enjoying his role as SSPDT Piping Intern at Preston Lodge High School.
Eddie’s piping journey began at the age of 12 when he started playing the chanter at school in Edinburgh. He was taught the pipes by Colin MacLellan and throughout his time at High School he was a regular prize winner in the junior competitions and was thrilled that his piping took him on several trips abroad with various pipe bands. The joy he experienced when playing the pipes fuelled his desire to play professionally and encourage others to take up this traditional musical instrument.
In pursuit of carving out a career as a professional piper, Eddie attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied the highland bagpipe and the tin whistle. It was during this time that Eddie and four fellow musicians formed Barluath, a dynamic folk band. Eddie experienced great success with the band, winning the Danny Kyle Open Stage award in 2012, recording two albums and travelling throughout Europe.
At the beginning of this year, Eddie joined the team at Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian, as SSPDT’s Piping Intern, to train as a piping instructor. During his internship and over the coming months Eddie will be undertaking his PDQB teaching qualifications, as well as pipe majoring the school’s Novice B Pipe Band. The band are currently in preparation for their school concert “The Story So Far” and working hard on new tunes for next year’s competition season.
Eddie comments, “I have experienced many benefits from taking up the bagpipes, not only learning a new skill for life and travelling across Europe, but it has also increased my confidence and self-belief, I’ve made countless new friends and have great fun performing with the bands. I encourage everyone of all ages and abilities to take up the bagpipes and experience these benefits for themselves.”