|Though still only in his
mid-twenties, Malcolm is already established as one of Scotland's
most sought-after traditional talents. Originally from Fort William,
in the Scottish Highlands, he was introduced to music at an early
age by his father, a well-known accordionist and dance-band leader.
His first instrument was the bagpipes, on which his precocious
talent won him promotion to Pipe Major rank at the age of fourteen, as well as
numerous competition trophies. Steadily adding other instruments to his
repertoire throughout his teens, he was a founder member both of Deaf Shepherd
and the young Gaelic band Tannas.
Malcolm moved to Glasgow to study recording and sound production, but
after a year decided to take a gamble and
become a full -time musician; it paid off. He has been a member of Deaf
Shepherd, regarded as Scotland’s finest young traditional band, for 8 years and
has now played on over 30 albums including Boys Of The Lough’s “West Of
Ireland” and Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham’s record, “Another Gem”.
He has toured with Anam, The Battlefield Band, Tannas, Keep It Up, Tabache, Tony
McManus, Phil Cunningham and is now a member of the legendary Boys Of The
Lough. Malcolm has just recorded and produced Leo McCann¹s solo album entitled
“If Anyone Can”, and is about to release his own solo album, which was recorded
in his own studio.
Now 26, he is looking forward to an exciting
future of carrying on the tradition and bringing Celtic musc to
people throughout the world.