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Malcolm Stitt


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.