About

Ali Hutton  Bagpipes, Whistle and Guitar

Ali, from Methven in Perthshire, was inspired at the age of 7 to take up the bagpipes and came up through the ranks at the Vale of Atholl pipe band.  He was taught alongside Ross Ainslie by the late, great Gordon Duncan and has gone on to become a successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish music scene.  He has produced and co-produced several albums such as Treacherous Orchestra’s “Origins”, Maeve Mackinnon’s “Don’t sing love songs”, The Long Notes’ “In the Shadow of Stromboli” and Old Blind Dogs’ “Wherever Yet May Be”.  Ali is currently a member of  Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, the Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Band, and the Ross Ainslie Trio

Favourite bands : Solas, Metallica, Guns n roses, Sigur Ros, Fink, If these trees could talk, Dave Matthews band, Massive attack, anything with John Doyle in it, Kings of leon and many others.

Musical Influences/heroes : Gordon Duncan, John Doyle, Donough Hennessy, Fraser Fifield, Seamus Egan, Wolfstone, Lunasa, Solas, Sigur Ros, Ross Ainslie, Duncan lyall, Martin o Neill, Andy Webster, and all the boys in the Treacherous Orchestra.

Favourite books : The Secret History of the World (Mark Booth), Anything by Christopher Moore, particularly Lamb and his Bloodsucking Trilogy, The Road (Cormac McCarthy), Fear and loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S Thompson), The Dark Tower (Stephen King).

Things I FxxxxxG HATE : Bananas, Fish (All edible Seafood), And Flip Flops!!!!

List of bands/Musicians I have had the great honour of playing with over the years………

The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band (Novice Juvenile to Grade 1), Subtle measures, The Gordon Duncan Band, Clueless, Brolum, Back of the Moon, Cantrip, Deaf Shepherd, The Black Sheep, Dougie Maclean, Jamie Smith, Beneche, The Long Notes, SBO, Calasaig, Deoch n dorus, Bodega, Maeve Mackinnon, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Ross Ainslie Trio, India Alba, Hamish Napier Duos, Shona Mooney Band, Old Blind Dogs, Finlay Macdonald band, The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Emily Smith Band, Niamh Ni Charra, Duncan Chisholm, Kathleen Boyle band, Mick West band, Anna Macdonald, Fraser Fifield, Canntaireachd, Matheu Watson, Salsa Celtica, Capercaillie, Carlos Nunez, True North Orchestra, Steve Forman, Angus Lyon, Colin Train, Babelfish, The Trotters, The Walkabout Ceilidh Band, Treacherous Orchestra,……..

 

 

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your music. Heard you with Ross Ainslie on youtube, heard Ross play with Dougie Maclean. You add so much to the overall sound. Thank you.

  2. At the Celtic Connections in Glasgow now, Ali the tune you wrote for your granny is amazing and the bagpipes sound so powerful! Thank you, great to hear you play and joke :).

  3. My husband and I were at the Tollbooth last night and really enjoyed the evening – my husband who is more musical than I am – was fascinated by your fingering on the pipes – he mentioned you going up the scale – and various other fingering which I didn’t even notice – and he was fascinated by the fact that you played sitting down!! (He plays the pipes now and again), and you produced ‘noises’ on the pipes that he couldn’t work out how you did. I have a relative in NZ who is a great piper and used to come and compete at the Northern Meeting – and my husband was saying he probably wouldn’t like the more interesting (!!) sounds – which I know were introduced by Gordon Duncan.!! Thank goodness for innovation. We were at a lot of Celtic Connections concerts and kept seeing you with different groups! First time we’ve seen OBD and will definitely go again. Thank you!!

  4. Pingback: Tune of the Month – October 2017 | Patrick McLaurin's Bagpipe Blog

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