Angus MacColl hails from
Benderloch near Oban in Argyllshire and began piping as a young
boy, initially taught by his late father. He comes from an
illustrious piping family and is the Great Grand Nephew of the
legendary piper and composer John MacColl. With years of piping
still ahead, Angus’s contribution to the MacColl dynasty is
certain to rival that of his forebears.
Angus is ranked among
the world’s greatest pipers who has distinguished himself by
winning the Gold Medal at Inverness (1992), the Clasp (1993) and
the Gold Medal at Oban (1996). He was also winner of the
Glenfiddich Invitational (1995), winner of the GS MacLennan, San
Diego 1997 and, in addition to being placed first in the senior
ceňl beag at both meetings, he finished 2nd overall at the 1997
Glenfiddich Invitational. He won the Clasp at Inverness in 1998
and won of the Donald MacLeod Competition in 1999.
Click here to listen to piper Angus MacColl filmed for the
award winning film 'When the Pipers Play'. Three clips of rushes
and Out Takes start with Angus at the Senior Pibroch,
Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, 1996, followed by the field
competition. Make sure you see the third sequence with Angus in
full Ceilidh mode and some outstanding jig playing.
In 2010 Angus took his
third Glenfiddich title (the first being in 1995), with a poised
performance of the grand old Piobaireachd 'The End of the Great
Bridge', followed by a blistering display of march playing as he
launched into 'John MacDonald of Glencoe' with serious intent.
He excels as an
entertainer and is constantly in demand at recitals throughout
the country as well as being demand as a teacher at several
piping schools in North America. He has won the Todds bar
recital competition on four occasions and is the current
champion. Angus is a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe