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[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Burgess Hay, Scott Burgess Hay Burgess Bagpipes Forres, Moray Full Time Maker, est. 2015
Michael MacHarg The Wee Piper South Royalton, VT 2006 Highland Bagpipes, and Smallpipes [1]
D.M. Atherton Bagpipes Llc Naperville, IL 1995
Rob Gandara Carbony Celtic Winds Corvallis, OR 2006 Carbon Fiber Bagpipes, Smallpipes and Gaitas [1]
Thomas Doucet Thomas Pipeworks Niagara Falls, ON Custom Bagpipes, repairs and restoration. Apprenticed with Jack Dunbar.
James Ramsay Oswald Unknown Melbourne 1941 2003 One of only two bagpipe makers in Australia. [2]
Martin MacBeth Macbeth and Co Bagpipes Brisbane, Australia 199x Began in Brisbane 2010? [2]
Bill Travaille MacFarlane

Bagpipes

Geelong, Australia 199x Highland Bagpipes

Small Pipes

Ross, AndrewAndrew Ross John and Robert Glen Co. Edinburgh 1978
Fisher, WayneWayne Fisher Fisher Bagpipes Sarnia, ON Self-taught pipemaker. One of only a handful of bagpipe makers in Canada. [3]
Glen, Thomas McBeanThomas McBean Glen John and Robert Glen Co. Edinburgh
Glen, JohnJohn Glen John and Robert Glen Co. Edinburgh
Glen, RobertRobert Glen John and Robert Glen Co. Edinburgh
Gibson, JerryJerry Gibson Gibson Bagpipes Inc. Willoughby, OH Great Highland Bagpipe, Scottish Small Pipes, Ceilidh Pipes, Reeds, and Practice Chanters
Kron, Charles E.Charles E. Kron American Bagpipe Makers Inc. Dobbs Ferry, NY 1987? [4]
Kilgour, GeorgeGeorge Kilgour Kilgour and Kilgour Marypark 1943 1995
Kilgour, RobertRobert Kilgour Kilgour and Kilgour Marypark
Littorin, RolfRolf Littorin Rolf of Sweden Sweden 1990s Custom made bagpipes: Great Highland Bagpipes, Smallpipes, Practice Chanters. Self-taught pipe maker. [5]
Sinclair, WilliamWilliam Sinclair William Sinclair and Son Leith 1906?
Sinclair, William M.William M. Sinclair William Sinclair and Son Edinburgh 1926 [6]
Sinclair, AlastairAlastair Sinclair William Sinclair and Son Leith
Sinclair, EwanEwan Sinclair William Sinclair and Son Leith
Hardie, Robert G.Robert G. Hardie R.G. Hardie and Co. Ltd. Glasgow
Henderson, JoeJoe Henderson R.G. Hardie and Co. Ltd. Glasgow
Weatherston, JohnJohn Weatherston R.G. Hardie and Co. Ltd. Glasgow
Hakam Din & Sons Sialkot Pakistan 1880s
Soutar, AndrewAndrew Soutar Soutar of St. Andrews St. Andrews
Soutar, DuncanDuncan Soutar Soutar of St. Andrews St. Andrews
MacLellan, RoddyRoddy MacLellan MacLellan Bagpipes Monroe, NC Former Tiffany & Co. silversmith. [7]
Booth, DavidDavid Booth Alva, Clackmannanshire
Crisler, PeterPeter Crisler Peter's Pipes Inc. Middletown, KY
Cushing Bagpipe Co. New York state
J. Dunbar Bagpipes Ltd St. Catharines, ON
Thomas McBean Glen John and Robert Glen Co. 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
Murray Huggins Colin Kyo Bagpipes 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
Alan Waldron Stirling Bagpipes
Anderson Bagpipes TN Self Taught Pipemaker and not base on any previous design
John Walsh John Walsh Bagpipes Antigonish, NS

Uilleann pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Kenna, TimothyTimothy Kenna Unknown Dublin 1768? 1794
Sean Jones Jones Instruments Staffordshire England Full time maker
John Rutzen John Rutzen Musical Instruments Donegal, Ireland Maker of Bagpipes including Uilleann pipe sets with full regulators
Kenna, ThomasThomas Kenna Unknown Dublin
Sloan, RayRay Sloan
Taylor, WilliamWilliam Taylor Unknown Philadelphia, PA 1840-1872 1901 [8]
Taylor, CharlesCharles Taylor Unknown Philadelphia, PA 1840-1872 1902 [8]
Brown, Patrick A.Patrick A. Brown Boston, MA 1910 1958
Britton, TimTim Britton
Childress, B. C.B. C. Childress BC Childress Bagpipes Kennebunk, ME
Daye, DavidDavid Daye
Dixon, C. J.C. J. Dixon Canada
Dunne, MickeyMickey Dunne
Froment, AlainAlain Froment (deceased)
Christopher Bayley UK Full time maker of bespoke Uilleann & Pastoral Pipes
Gallagher, SethSeth Gallagher Seth Gallagher Workshop New York City
Güntzel, JensJens Güntzel
Hamon, SethSeth Hamon United States Arlington, TX
Hillmann, MarkMark Hillmann United States Silver Spring, MD 2008
Tim & Stephanie Benson NY
Michael Hulme
Adrian Jefferies
Joe Kennedy
Kirk Lynch kirklynch.com 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
Patkós, RichárdRichárd Patkós Pogány Hungary 2000 [9]
Zienert, MarekMarek Zienert Tišice Czech Republic 2007 [10]

Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Burgess Hay, Scott Burgess Hay Burgess Bagpipes Forres, Moray Full Time Maker, est. 2015
Michael MacHarg The Wee Piper South Royalton, VT Full time maker
Sean Jones Jones Instruments Staffordshire England Full time maker
John Rutzen John Rutzen Musical Instruments Donegal, Ireland Maker of Scottish Smallpipes
Banton, NateNate Banton Banton Bellowspipes Portland, ME Border Pipes
Gandara, RobRob Gandara Carbony Celtic Winds Corvallis, OR Carbon Fiber Smallpipes [1]
Jones, EJEJ Jones Tidycottage Smallpipes Asheville, NC
Felsburg, RobertRobert Felsburg Quietpiper Smallpipes Irwin, PA Bespoke maker of Scottish Smallpipes as well as Great Highland, Border Pipes, Bellows, and Pipe Bags.
Chris Pinchbeck, Chris Pinchbeck Pinchbeck Pipes Hope, ME
Anistratov, AlexandreAlexandre Anistratov Moscow
Walsh, JohnJohn Walsh Antigonish, NS
Fisher, WayneWayne Fisher Fisher Bagpipes Sarnia, ON Self-taught pipemaker. [3]
Kinnear, IanIan Kinnear Edzell
Bill Hart Iona Bagpipes New South Wales
Hamish Moore Dunkeld
Nigel Richard Garvie Bagpipes
Richard and Anita Evans Cumbria
Fred Morrison Smallpipes Smallpipes and Borderpipes manufactured by McCallum Bagpipes Ltd
Sonoda, ToruToru Sonoda Germany
Jean-Yves Peran Plouarzel Smallpipes/uilleann pipes
Lauriebeck  ?
Ray Sloan
Seth Hammon Texas
Robbie Greensitt & Ann Sessoms Heriot & Allen Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England Retired

Northumbrian pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Dunn, JohnJohn Dunn , Newcastle upon Tyne 1764 1820 Developed keywork for the Northumbrian smallpipe around 1800
Armstrong, G.G.G.G. Armstrong 1877 1955
Armstrong, JackJack Armstrong Wideopen, North Tyneside 1904 1978
Reid, RobertRobert Reid , Newcastle upon Tyne 1786 1837
Burleigh, DavidDavid Burleigh Current
Clough, TomTom Clough Newsham 1881 1964
Evans, RichardRichard Evans
Liestman, JohnJohn Liestman
Nelson, MikeMike Nelson
Ross, ColinColin Ross
Say, Barry and JuliaBarry and Julia Say
Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw
Burke, JohnJohn Burke
Ketchin, IanIan Ketchin
William H. Hedworth 1994
Dave McQuade , Hartlepool Current Pupil of B. Hedworth

Lincolnshire bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Addison, JohnJohn Addison South Somercotes, Lincolnshire [11]

Cornish bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Bayley, ChristopherChristopher Bayley [12]
Goodacre, JulianJulian Goodacre Peebles [12]

Welsh bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Tose, JohnJohn Tose Wales
Evans, JohnJohn Evans (Glennydd) Wales

Continental European pipes[edit]

Armenian bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Hakobyan, KarenKaren Hakobyan

Belgian pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

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

Bulgarian kaba gaida[edit]

Estonian bagpipes (torupill)[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Taul, AntsAnts Taul
Taul, AndrusAndrus Taul

French and German pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Jones, SeanSean Jones Jones Instruments United Kingdom Full time maker
Dubois, RémyRémy Dubois Belgium
Lejeune, GeertGeert Lejeune Belgium
Blanc, BernardBernard Blanc France
Hattink, FransFrans Hattink Netherlands
Lutgerink, MariusMarius Lutgerink Netherlands
Rogge, AndreasAndreas Rogge Germany
Branschke, MatthiasMatthias Branschke Germany
Tetz, ThorstenThorsten Tetz Germany
MacHarg, MichaelMichael MacHarg VT
Högfeldt, MagnusMagnus Högfeldt Germany
Sonoda, ToruToru Sonoda Germany
Maître, Jean-SylvainJean-Sylvain Maître France
Durin, SergeSerge Durin France
Swayne, JonJon Swayne United Kingdom
Jaquemin, BernardBernard Jaquemin
Ross, JuergenJuergen Ross
Güntzel, JensJens Güntzel
Rizzo, WalterWalter Rizzo Italy
Danilo Turchetti Musica Inspirata Italy 2001

Greek Bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

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

Hungarian bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Bese, BotondBotond Bese [14]

Slovakian bagpipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Dufek, JurajJuraj Dufek [15]

Spanish pipes[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

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

Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa)[edit]

Name Firm Location Apprenticed Retired Notes Refs

Faust, AlbanAlban Faust Sweden
Öhman, Börs AndersBörs Anders Öhman Sweden
Eriksson, LeifLeif Eriksson Sweden
Hamon, SethSeth Hamon Texas
Favre, BorisBoris Favre BC
Högfeldt, MagnusMagnus Högfeldt Germany
Branschke, MatthiasMatthias Branschke Germany
Tetz, ThorstenThorsten Tetz Germany
Sonoda, ToruToru Sonoda Germany
, Luques FamilyLuques 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. 
News articles
  • Collins, Glenn (1980-09-15). "And pipes for almost everywhere else". The New York Times. p. B14. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  • Edwards, Bill (2003-11-22). "When pipes called, he answered". The Advertiser. p. 80. 
  • Morden, Paul (2009-11-16). "Bagpipes unfairly maligned". The Observer. pp. 1, 3. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  • Prenon, Mary T. (1997-09-29). "Echoes of Scotland". Westchester County Business Journal. 36 (39). pp. 1, 2. 
  • Rosenberg, Merri (1995-10-08). "Bagpipe maker outdoes the Scots". The New York Times. p. 13WC.14. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  • Walker, Richard (2006-11-05). "An instrument to stir the blood". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
Online resources

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