The three brothers, Angus, Allan and Iain grew up in Glenuig, a small Gaelic-speaking community in the west Highlands of Scotland. They have an older sister, Alexandra. 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". The three brothers are all involved in the Scottish music scene.
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 at one time was musician in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. He currently tutors at Lews Castle College UHI, Benbecula and is Ceolas's[clarification needed] artistic director. Allan has worked in the School of Scottish Studies and taught piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He also taught 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 on the Footstompin website
- Biography of Dr. Angus MacDonald on the Temple Records website
- Biography of Allan MacDonald on the Footstompin website
- Biography of Allan MacDonald on the Pipetunes website
- Biography of Iain MacDonald on the Ceolas website
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