Angus MacKenzie (pipes/whistle) is a native Gaelic speaker from the musically rich area of Mabou, Cape Breton Island on Canada’s east coast. His father emigrated from South Uist in the Western Isles to Canada, while his mother’s people are descended from the early settlers know as the Mabou Pioneers, who left from Lochaber. Angus came to Scotland to study at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye where he still lives today.

The eldest of three brothers in a famous musical family, Angus and his fiddle-playing sibling Kenneth have recently released a much-anticipated album, Pìob is Fidheall. The album explores the long and deep connection the pipes and fiddle have within the Scottish tradition.

“This musical affinity and the influences from both sides of the Atlantic are evident in their music, as is the way they play together with a closeness and understanding rarely found outwith families. For me this is as good as it gets.” Iain MacDonald September 2010

“the sense of long family musical tradition shines through in the quality, richness and sheer expressivity of their playing.” Herald Scotland

“Tasteful, assured, and really well played, it’s guaranteed to inspire the feet and leave a smile on your lips.” The Scotsman

Interesting Fact:
Member of the team that accumulated the lowest points total ever achieved on Thall Thairis, Gaelic TV’s version of the Scottish Passport quiz programme.

Hobbies:
Baking, Badminton, Football, watching DVDs, playing the Mandola

Scottish Islands gigged on:
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