Date 2011/12/12 18:10:00 | Topic: ITALIAN SPRING PIPING SCHOOL
Finlay started piping at the age of ten with tuition from his father, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald of the Neilston and District Pipe Band.
With Neilston Pipe Band he has travelled world wide playing at concerts and festivals as far a field as Japan, China, Russia and all over Europe.
After 3 years studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Finlay was in the first class to graduate with a BA Scottish Music.
Having specialised in performance and composing, he has been in demand as a performer and has toured with top Scottish Bands such as Def Shepherd, Battlefield Band, Old Blind Dogs and the Kate Rusby Band. Based in Glasgow, Finlay has been popular as a session musician recording on as many as 20 albums in many different musical generes including Jazz, Classical and Traditional.
His first solo album was released in 2000 to critical acclaim and after that formed the “Finlay MacDonald Band”. This band combines the idioms of Contemporary Piping with Jazz, Funk and Dance.
The album “Pressed For Time” was released in 2003 and the band have been touring in Italy, France and Spain with great success.
In 2008 Finlay has been appointed as Director of the Piping course at the Royal Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow and is a piping instructor at the National Piping Centre, Glasgow.