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Gary West

Gary West presents BBC Radio Scotland's weekend piping programme

From Pitlochry, in Perthshire, Gary West learned his piping with the much acclaimed Vale of Atholl Pipe Band with whom he played for 18 years winning both the Scottish and European Championships.

In the late 1980s, he began to play a prominent role in the folk music scene, joining Ceolbeg in 1988, and becoming a founder member of the Scottish ‘supergroup’ Clan Alba in 1991, playing alongside such luminaries as Dick Gaughan and Brian McNeil.

His first solo album, The Islay Ball, was released in 2001 on the Greentrax label.

Gary is a full time lecturer in the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Brian Donaldson - Pipeline interview and session

Gary West has an exclusive interview and session with piper Brian Donaldson.

Originally broadcast 31 March 2012.

Includes Brian performing:

Alan Dodd’s Farewell to Scotland (John MacKenzie); Lady Louden; Locheil’s Awa Tae France

Echo Lake (Donald MacLeod); The Pony Gallop (H’pipe, arr. Donaldson); The Pony Gallop Jig (M Forsyth); Dr Flora MacAulay, Carradale (Alan MacDonald)

The Big Spree