Finlay MacDonald (musician)

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Finlay MacDonald (born 1978) is a Scottish musician and composer.[1] He was one of the first pipers to receive a BA in Scottish music and piping from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.[2]

MacDonald is head of piping studies at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.[3] He founded his own band The Finlay MacDonald Band, which toured between 2006 and 2007 to highly positive reviews, though in recent years they have been inactive.[3][4] Annually he works with Roddy MacLeod to organise the Piping Live! Festival.[3]

He performed with Jay-Z, P Diddy and Alicia Keys in 2010 and later with Bryan Adams at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.[3]

As well as musical collaborations and performances, MacDonald appeared in the Michael Keaton film A Shot at Glory.[3]


  • First O' the Darkenin 2004[5]


  1. ^ Davidson, Vicky (August 4, 2005). "Piping Alive; Forget tartan, shortbread and whisky - just dance!". Evening Times. Glasgow. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Wild, Abigail (August 13, 2005). "So cool, he's really piping hot; Profile Finlay MacDonald; With spiky hair and jeans, he seems more pop star than piper, particularly with his entourage of teenage female fans in tow. But who is the 27-year-old blowing the wind of change into traditional piping?". The Herald. Glasgow. p. 15. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ellis, Maureen (August 10, 2011). "Piping Guru Goes from Rap to Reel in Jig Time". Evening Times. Glasgow. p. 26. Retrieved December 15, 2012l. 
  4. ^ "Fort hosts prestigious piping contest". Aberdeen Press and Journal. August 4, 2007. p. 4. 
    - Brooks, Cameron (November 11, 2006). "Wet wet wet are headline act at Aberdeen's Hogmanay celebrations". Aberdeen Press and Journal. p. 24. 
  5. ^ Long, Siobhán (July 20, 2007). "Traditional". The Irish Times. p. 15.