002: Angus Lawrie

Angus Lawrie Interview

Episode 2 – Being a piper, Pipe Major, instructor, composer and pipe bag maker, there’s not a lot that Angus Lawrie doesn’t know about bagpipes, piping and pipe bands. In our second episode filmed at Angus’ home in Doonfoot, Angus talks about his childhood, joining the police and the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band, his cousin Ronald Lawrie, his Pipe Majors and his life after the police service. A prize winning composer, Angus decribes in detail how his musical mind and his writing process operates. He goes on to explain how laterally he was appointed to Pipe Major positions in the Johnstone and Britoil pipe bands and how he started what was to become the biggest pipe bag making business in the United Kingdom.

1. Introduction & Early Life


2. On Ronnie Lawrie


3. Pipe Major Angus MacDonald and the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band


4. On Ian McLellan


5. Leaving the Police Pipe Band & Shinty

6. World Pipe Band Championships in Oban

7. Learning New Tunes

8. With the Police Pipe Band in Canada

9. With the Police Pipe Band in Italy

10. Composing Tunes

11. Winning Prizes for Compositions

12. As Pipe Major With Other Pipe Bands: Johnstone, Britoil

13. Starting to Make Pipe Bags

14. Hide Bags

15. Properties of Different Bags

16. Seasoning the Bag

17. Marketing the Bags & Teaching

18. Some Tales Before We Finish

19. The Story of the Prophet of Doom

20. Demonstration of Sewing the Bag

Tags: Willie Ross, John MacDonald, Angus MacDonald, Ronald Lawrie, Peter Bain, Ian McLellan BEM, Sid Spence, Graeme Richardson, Callum Finlayson, Sandy McPhee, John Wilson, James Wark, William Sloan, George Seymore, Malcolm MacKenzie, Sammy Boyce, John Weatherston, John D Burgess, Stirling McMurchie & Ina McKenzie.