David M. Low
Piper and Dancer
David M. Low
David Low of Kintore, Aberdeenshire,
has been involved with bagpipe playing for over fifty years,
having started with his local Kintore Pipe Band in the autumn
of 1949. He has concentrated predominantly on solo playing,
but during his career he has been a member of several bands
and led the Inverurie Pipe Band in the early 1960's.
During National Service in the late 1950's
David performed as a solo piper (and dancer) with the Military
Band of the Gordon Highlanders (some fifteen years before
the "Amazing Grace" sound captured musical imaginations)
and during the 90's fulfilled a similar role as piper with
the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.
David was a successful competing piper during
the 70's playing both light music and ceol mor (great music),
this latter branch of bagpipe music being a lifelong passion.
He studied with the acclaimed masters of Piobaireachd,
Robert Brown and Robert Nicol "The Bobs of Balmoral" both
wonderful musicians who had been honoured as pipers to the Royal Family during the reign of George V.
He has researched widely the use of the bagpipe for dance accompaniment and in the mid 1980's
produced the definitive dance albums "Dancing Feet",
volumes one and two, and he continues to be in demand
for performances in this specialised context. His substantial and
enthusiastic career also includes the teaching of the pipes and
adjudication at dance and pipe competitions.
Over the years David built up an extensive personal
library of bagpipe music and continues to collect older editions
of publications. His experience as a bagpipe tutor, with knowledge of the instrument
as a bandsman and as a solo piper, make David a most welcome member
of the Henderson Collection team.