The three brothers, Allan, Iain and Angus grew up in Glenuig, a small Gaelic-speaking community in the west Highlands of Scotland. Their father, Ronald was known as "The Whaler," (after spending years whaling) and now the three brothers are often referred to as "The Whaler Brothers." All three are involved in the Scottish music scene. They were involved in the Ceartas protest in 1981.
All three brothers studied under Pipe Major John M. MacKenzie at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane. Iain was later taught by Duncan Johnstone and Roderick MacDonald in South Uist, and is musician in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Allan has worked in the School of Scottish Studies and taught piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He currently teaches at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. Angus has practised as a doctor in Cape Breton and in Skye, and is involved with the Donald MacDonald Quaich and the John MacFadyen Memorial Piping Trust.
Angus' son, Allan, is the piper and multi-instrumentalist in Niteworks.
- Biography of Dr. Angus MacDonald
- Biography of Allan MacDonald on the Footstompin website
- Biography of Iain MacDonald on the Ceolas website
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