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Scottish Pipers, Alister Wilson, Perth

Alister Wilson

Profile Of a Scottish Highland Piper.

A Highland Piper from Argyle, in the Western Highlands of Scotland, Alister is a self-taught Piper who learned the fingerwork techniques of this magnificent instrument from the Pipe-Major of Lochgilphead Pipe-Band, Neil Crawford, in the early sixties. He was taught to use the Practice-Chanter, a singular learning instrument, for two years before being allowed to touch a full set of Pipes. [the old way of teaching]

After emigrating to Australia in 1967 Alister became a member of the Fremantle Caledonian Pipe Band, under the auspices of Pipe-Major Bob Sinclair for many years. Bob was to be a major influence in the development of Alister as a professional Piper.

After returning to Scotland in the early seventies, he joined the Girvan Royal British Legion Pipe- Band, under the wonderful influence of Pipe Major George Murdoch. This was recognised as the finest street band in scotland in it's hey-day and also won the British Championships at Renfrew.

Of his years there, he became head tutor and mentor, where he discovered a piping prodigy by the name of Ross Macrindle, who went on to win the world solo championships for the under sixteens at age nine. Ross went on to rate in the top ten soloists in the world before he was twenty. He joined the army and was invited to play the pipes one time by the Queen Mother personally at Edinburgh It is not every day a tutor finds a prodigy; so i consider myself lucky to have been able to teach him.

Since returning to Australia in 1987, Alister has played with the Police and Citizens youth band, the Perth City Police Pipe Band and for two years was president of the W.A. Highland Piping Society.

At present, as well as his solo piping engagements, Alister also sings and plays with Australia's premier Shanty & Sea-Song Band--- "THE WINDJAMMERS".

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