Paul started playing the great highland bagpipes, and Celtic music when he was 12 years old. Paul was born and raised not far from the Scottish Border, and piping and Celtic music has always been in his family and in his blood.
Paul tells the story of how he remembers his Dad coming home one day from work with a practice chanter. The practice chanter is a small flute like instrument you use to practice bagpipe movements before you actually get on the pipes.
He said “Ok Son, it’s time you started to learn the art.”
Paul was very excited to say the least! He started to learn the bagpipes. It took a few weeks before he was ready to attempt his first tune, and he says that he probably sounded horrible when he did, but he persevered.
Over the next few years Paul became addicted to piping, and Celtic music. Every day he practiced Marches, Reels, Strathspeys, and the classical bagpiping called Piobaireach.
Paul also took time to learn other instruments such as the guitar, Irish bodhran, whistles and Irish bouzouki.
Paul emigrated to the USA in 1989 and he has been active in the piping and Celtic music community in Florida for over 25 years.
Over the years Paul has competed in, and won many piping competitions both in the USA and in Scotland. Paul has also played at many weddings, funerals and special events. Throughout the USA and the UK.
Paul plays a lot of solo bagpipe events, and he is one of the registered pipers at Military Cemetery in Bushnel Florida.