Ten years old when I started, I wanted to
learn a musical instrument. My next door neighbour, he said that he would teach me the pipes.
Just after a couple of months, I had the bug if you like. As soon as you put the kit on,
you’re straight into that role. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re carrying
on traditions and culture. Anybody that has ever come to watch the Edinburgh Tattoo, it’s
something they’ll never forget. I’ve been on both sides, I’ve been a performer, and
I remember going to the Tattoo as a young boy, and as soon as you come through the drawbridge
at the castle, and you see the crowd and the cameras, it makes the hairs on the back of
your neck stand up. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been the lone piper at the
castle. The couple of seconds before you strike it’s deadly silent, the darkness, they flash
a big spotlight on you, that’s your cue, you’ll see the flashes of all the cameras
going off and you’ll never be able to replicate marching out of the drawbridge. It’s a brilliant
city. There’s not a lot of people I would argue that can say they get paid for doing
something that they really love to do. Being in the military, in a Scottish regiment and
being Scottish myself, it doesn’t matter where we are in the world, we always take
it with us.