List of bagpipe makers

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This is a list of bagpipe makers. It covers both family-based and commercial outfits from the 17th century to the present era. In the 1950s, the bagpipe traditions of Europe were revived. The market is increasing in size as the popularity of the instrument is increasing, and the list of bagpipe makers is rising.

British Isles pipes[edit]

Great Highland Bagpipes/Great Irish Warpipes[edit]

Firm Name Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs
D.M. Atherton Bagpipes Llc David M. Atherton Naperville, IL 1995
Burgess Bagpipes Burgess Hay and Scott Burgess Hay Highlands of Scotland

Great Highland Bagpipes, Smallpipes, Border pipes

Full Time Professional Makers
The Wee Piper Michael MacHarg South Royalton, VT 2006 Highland Bagpipes, and Smallpipes [1]
D.M. Atherton Bagpipes Llc Naperville, IL 1995
Carbony Celtic Winds Rob Gandara Corvallis, OR 2006 Carbon Fiber Bagpipes, Smallpipes and Gaitas [1]
Thomas Pipeworks Thomas Doucet Niagara Falls, ON Custom Bagpipes, repairs and restoration. Apprenticed with Jack Dunbar.
Unknown James Ramsay Oswald Melbourne 1941 2003 One of only ten bagpipe makers in Australia. [2]
Macbeth and Co. Bagpipes Martin MacBeth Brisbane, Australia 1990s Began in Brisbane 2010? [2]
MacFarlane

Bagpipes

Bill Travaille Geelong, Australia 1990s Highland Bagpipes

Small Pipes

Fisher Bagpipes Wayne Fisher Sarnia, ON Self-taught pipemaker. One of only a handful of bagpipe makers in Canada. [3]
John and Robert Glen Co. Andrew Ross Edinburgh 1978
John and Robert Glen Co. Thomas McBean Glen Edinburgh
John and Robert Glen Co. John Glen Edinburgh
John and Robert Glen Co. Robert Glen Edinburgh
Gibson Bagpipes Inc. Jerry Gibson Willoughby, OH Great Highland Bagpipe, Scottish Small Pipes, Ceilidh Pipes, Reeds, and Practice Chanters
American Bagpipe Makers Inc. Charles E. Kron Dobbs Ferry, NY 1987? [4]
Kilgour and Kilgour George Kilgour Marypark 1943 1995
Kilgour and Kilgour Robert Kilgour Marypark
Rolf of Sweden Rolf Littorin Sweden 1990s Custom made bagpipes: Great Highland Bagpipes, Smallpipes, Practice Chanters. Self-taught pipe maker. [5]
William Sinclair and Son William Sinclair Leith 1906?
William Sinclair and Son William M. Sinclair Edinburgh 1926 [6]
William Sinclair and Son Alastair Sinclair Leith
William Sinclair and Son Ewan Sinclair Leith
R.G. Hardie and Co. Ltd. Robert G. Hardie Glasgow
R.G. Hardie and Co. Ltd. Joe Henderson Glasgow
R.G. Hardie and Co. Ltd. John Weatherston Glasgow
Hakam Din & Sons Sialkot, Pakistan 1880s
Soutar of St. Andrews Andrew Soutar St. Andrews
Soutar of St. Andrews Duncan Soutar St. Andrews
MacLellan Bagpipes Roddy MacLellan Monroe, NC Former Tiffany & Co. silversmith. [7]
David Booth Alva, Clackmannanshire
Peter's Pipes Inc. Peter Crisler Middletown, KY
Cushing Bagpipe Co. New York state
J. Dunbar Bagpipes Ltd St. Catharines, ON
John and Robert Glen Co. Thomas McBean Glen Edinburgh 1827 1978
Thomas Pipeworks Niagara Falls, ON
Tim Gellaitry Stirling
Gillanders & McLeod Ltd
Grainger & Campbell
MacLeod Bagpipes
Peter Henderson Bagpipes Glasgow, Scotland
Inveran Bagpipes
Colin Kyo Bagpipes Murray Huggins Medford, OR Maker of Highland bagpipes, reeds, smallpipes and chanters. Forms and hand engraves silver and nickel.
RG Lawrie
Douglas MacPherson
McCallum Bagpipes Ltd Kilmarnock
Ian Murray Bagpipes Forfar
David Naill & Co Minehead
RK Bagpipes
RT Shepherd and Son (Scotland) Ltd Cardenden
Wallace Bagpipes Glasgow
Somers Bagpipes Calgary, AB
Chris Terry Bagpipes
Stirling Bagpipes Alan Waldron
Anderson Bagpipes TN Self Taught Pipemaker and not base on any previous design
John Walsh Bagpipes John Walsh Antigonish, NS Maker of Great Highland Bagpipes, smallpipes, and shuttle pipes.

Uilleann pipes[edit]

Firm Name Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs
Coe Uilleann Pipes Chris Coe Chester, England Full time makers of concert pitch Uilleann Pipes
Unknown Timothy Kenna Dublin 1768? 1794
Jones Instruments Sean Jones Staffordshire, England Full time maker
John Rutzen Musical Instruments John Rutzen Donegal, Ireland Maker of Bagpipes including Uilleann pipe sets with full regulators
Unknown Thomas Kenna Dublin
Ray Sloan Ray Sloan Brittany Full time Maker Uilleann pipes, practice sets, half sets and full sets.
Unknown William Taylor Philadelphia, PA 1840-1872 1901 [8]
Unknown Charles Taylor Philadelphia, PA 1840-1872 1902 [8]
Patrick A. Brown Boston, MA 1910 1958
Tim Britton
BC Childress Bagpipes B. C. Childress Kennebunk, ME
David Daye
C. J. Dixon Canada
Mickey Dunne
Alain Froment (deceased)
Christopher Bayley United Kingdom Full time maker of bespoke Uilleann & Pastoral Pipes
Seth Gallagher Workshop Seth Gallagher New York City
Jens Güntzel

Brad Angus

United States Vancouver, WA

Seth Hamon

United States Arlington, TX
Mark Hillmann United States Silver Spring, MD 2008
Tim & Stephanie Benson NY
Michael Hulme
Adrian Jefferies
Joe Kennedy
kirklynch.com Kirk Lynch Kansas City, MO
Kenneth McNicholl
Patrick O'Hare
Martin Preshaw
Andreas Rogge
Leo Rowsome
Brendan Ring
Aaron Setunsky
Pat Sky
Michael Vignoles
Nick Whitmer
Dave Williams
Geoff Wooff
Jesse Uilleann Pipes
Koehler & Quinn
San Uilleann
Richárd Patkós Pogány Hungary 2000 [9]
Marek Zienert Tišice Czech Republic 2007 [10]

Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes[edit]

Firm Name Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Burgess Bagpipes Burgess Hay, Scott Burgess Hay Highlands of Scotland Great Highland Bagpipes, Smallpipes, Border pipes Full Time Professional Makers
The Wee Piper Michael MacHarg South Royalton, VT Full time maker
Jones Instruments Sean Jones Staffordshire England Full time maker
John Rutzen Musical Instruments John Rutzen Donegal, Ireland Maker of Scottish Smallpipes
Banton Bellowspipes Nate Banton Portland, ME Border Pipes
Carbony Celtic Winds Rob Gandara Corvallis, OR Carbon Fiber Smallpipes [1]
Tidycottage Smallpipes EJ Jones Asheville, NC
Quietpiper Smallpipes Robert Felsburg Irwin, PA Bespoke maker of Scottish Smallpipes as well as Great Highland, Border Pipes, Bellows, and Pipe Bags.
Pinchbeck Pipes Chris Pinchbeck Hope, ME
Alexandre Anistratov Moscow
John Walsh Antigonish, NS
Fisher Bagpipes Wayne Fisher Sarnia, ON Self-taught pipemaker. [3]
Ian Kinnear Edzell
Iona Bagpipes Bill Hart New South Wales
Hamish Moore Dunkeld
Garvie Bagpipes Nigel Richard
Richard and Anita Evans Cumbria
Fred Morrison Smallpipes Smallpipes and Borderpipes manufactured by McCallum Bagpipes Ltd
Toru Sonoda Germany
Jean-Yves Peran Plouarzel Smallpipes/uilleann pipes
Lauriebeck
Ray Sloan Ray Sloan Brittany Full time Maker Scottish Smallpipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Border Pipes. From Newcastle upon Tyne.
Seth Hammon Texas
Heriot & Allen Robbie Greensitt & Ann Sessoms Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England Retired

Northumbrian pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

John Dunn Newcastle upon Tyne 1764 1820 Developed keywork for the Northumbrian smallpipe around 1800
G.G. Armstrong England 1877 1955
Jack Armstrong Wideopen, North Tyneside 1904 1978
Robert Reid Newcastle upon Tyne 1786 1837
David Burleigh England Current
Tom Clough Newsham 1881 1964
Richard Evans England
John Liestman United States
Mike Nelson England
Colin Ross United Kingdom
Barry and Julia Say England
David Shaw England
Ray Sloan Brittany Full time Maker Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne. Making pipes since 1980
John Burke England
Ian Ketchin Scotland
William H. Hedworth 1994
Dave McQuade Hartlepool Current Pupil of B. Hedworth

Lincolnshire bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

John Addison South Somercotes, Lincolnshire [11]

Cornish bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Christopher Bayley [12]
Julian Goodacre Peebles [12]

Welsh bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

John Tose Wales
John Evans (Glennydd) Wales

Continental European pipes[edit]

Armenian bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Karen Hakobyan

Belgian pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Corwynn Belgium Pipasso (muchosa)
Rémy Dubois and Olle Geris Belgium Cornemuse du Centre, Musette Bechonnet, doedelzak, muchosa
Geert Lejeune Belgium Cornemuse du Centre, Musette bechonnet, Pastoral pipes, muchosa
Jan Soete Belgium Cornemuse du Centre, Musette bechonnet, doedelzak, muchosa

Bulgarian kaba gaida[edit]

Estonian bagpipes (torupill)[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Ants Taul Estonia
Andrus Taul Estonia

French and German pipes[edit]

Breton pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Sean Jones Jones Instruments United Kingdom Full time maker
Rémy Dubois Belgium
Geert Lejeune Belgium
Bernard Blanc France
Frans Hattink Netherlands
Marius Lutgerink Netherlands
Andreas Rogge Germany
Matthias Branschke Germany
Thorsten Tetz Germany
Michael MacHarg VT
Magnus Högfeldt Germany
Toru Sonoda Germany
Jean-Sylvain Maître France
Serge Durin France
Jon Swayne United Kingdom
Bernard Jaquemin
Juergen Ross
Jens Güntzel
Walter Rizzo Italy
Danilo Turchetti Musica Inspirata Italy 2001

Greek Bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Yannis Pantazis La Ponta Venetian Tower Greek bagpipe exhibition-workshop [13]

Hungarian bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Botond Bese [14]

Slovakian bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Juraj Dufek [15]

Spanish pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Alan Kieth California Galician gaita
Rob Gandara Carbony Celtic Winds Corvallis, OR 2006 Carbon Fiber Galician gaita [1]
Seivane family Galicia, Spain Galician gaita
Chus Solis Asturias, Spain Galician gaita
Toru Sonoda Germany Galician gaita
Luques family São Paulo, Brazil Galician gaita, Sanabrian Gaita
Carlos Moreno García Asturias, Spain Asturian bagpipe
Chus Solis-Santorini Asturias, Spain Asturian bagpipe

Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa)[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Alban Faust Sweden
Börs Anders Öhman Sweden
Leif Eriksson Sweden
Seth Hamon Texas
Boris Favre BC
Magnus Högfeldt Germany
Matthias Branschke Germany
Thorsten Tetz Germany
Toru Sonoda Germany
Luques Family Brazil

Sources[edit]

Bibliography
  • Hardy, Neal (March 1990). "Changing Traditions: Bagpipes in Australia". Australian Folklore (4): 64–73.
  • Merryweather, James W. (May 2001). "Two-chanter Bagpipes in England". The Galpin Society Journal. 54: 62–75. doi:10.2307/842446.
  • O'Neill, Francis (1973). Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1st Norwood ed.). Darby, PA: Norwood Editions. ISBN 0-88305-494-9.
  • Teahan, John (May 1963). "A List of Irish Instrument Makers". The Galpin Society Journal. 16 (16): 28–32. doi:10.2307/841092. JSTOR 841092.
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