began learning Highland bagpipes at the age of ten. He was
taught first by his father, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald of
the Neilston Pipe Band, and latterly by Duncan Johnstone
and Pipe Major Angus MacDonald.
As one of the first ten Students on the BA Scottish Music
Course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama,
he studied Highland Bagpipes with Allan MacDonald of Glenuig
and Traditional Flute with Dougie Pincock (of the Battlefield
Band.) In his Final Year at the Academy Finlay specialised
in Composition and Performance, ultimately graduating in
1999. With the Neilston and District Pipe Band he has played
at festivals conferences and other major events all over
the world including: Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and China.
He has two CD on the Foot Stompin' label and his second
"Pressed for Time" with his 'big' band is creating
a buzz on the folk scene.
More info - http://www.footstompin.com/artists/finlay_macdonald