006: Bill McAllister

Bill McAllister Interview

Episode 6 – We caught up with Bill McAllister, who talked us through his recollection of the history of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band which he shared intimately with the rest of the world famous McAllister piping family. A look at one of the foremost pipe bands in history is a must stop. Bill also discusses the McAllister reed and the WarMac chanter, both leading components in their day. For students this is a vital link to the mid-decades of the last century.

1. Early Years


2. Army


3. Returning Home to Shotts & Family

4. Quartets

5. Disqualified at the World Pipe Band Championships

6. Alex Duthart

7. McAllister Brothers as Pipe Major

8. McAllister Chanter Reeds

9. WarMac Chanters

10. Troy of Canada’s ‘McAllister’ Reed Making

Tags: John K MacAllister, Tom McAllister Jnr, Tom McAllister Snr, Ewan McAllister, Alastair MacLellan, George Grant, Walter Cowan, John MacKenzie, Willie Ross, Alex MacDonald, John D Burgess, Danny Turrent, David Boyle, Ian Colquhoun, John Weatherston, Donald McIntosh, Robert Mathieson, Alex Duthart, Billy Stevenson, Tom Muir, Jim Crawford, Martin Kessler, Ian McLellan BEM, Roddy MacLeod MBE, Angus MacDonald, Andrew Warnock, Jean Warnock, James W Troy & James P Troy.