Piping for Highland Dancing
Piping for Highland Dancing
After many years of persuasion, grade 1 piper Andy Gibbs has finally recorded the tunes he regularly plays for highland dancing competitions, producing the collection “Unreel: Piping for Highland Dancing” in Highland and National dance formats.
Known for his timing, stamina and quality of sound, Andy has been playing for dancers for over 20 years and ironically will never let a recording take over his duties, even on the longest days of playing.
The albums include the unique advantage of LIVE recordings, which are ideal to simulate dancing competitions when practicing either at home or lessons. As well as variations of the tempo and length of the traditional dances, there are also many of the lesser-known dances which is hoped will aid with their revival.
Please head over to bandcamp to purchase and enjoy!
“Highly recommended, great variation in tempos and length of dances. Ideal for teachers and dancers. Looking forward to trying the monster fling with my dancers.”Fiona knox, Dunbar Highland Dancers Teacher & Judge.
“Best highland & National dance albums, you won’t need to purchase anything else! Excellent quality and perfect for practicing at home.”Lauren Howat, Dance Mum
“Love both Highland and National albums. Lots of options including tempos, live tunes, length of dance and includes lesser known dance tunes too. These albums cover everything you’ll ever need in dance life.”Laura Boyle, Adult Champion Dancer & Teacher
“Have both albums, they are great”!Ashley Walker, AMW Highland Dancers Teacher & Judge
“Unreel right enough!! Perfect for classes and competitions… what a fantastic job!!”Debbie Struthers, Competition Convenor, Judge & Dance Mum
Andy Gibbs lives in Larbert, central Scotland and started piping at 10 years old. He still plays the original set of pipes that he received six months later and his main tutor was double gold medallist Kenneth MacDonald, although he was also privileged to be taught by P/M Angus MacDonald & Willie Morrison.
He played with the Milngavie Pipe Band in Grade 3 (1995) & Grade 2 (1996), followed by the City of Glasgow (1997/8) to gain valuable experience before joining the Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band in August 1998.
After moving to Campbeltown to complete his optometrist training, he spent time with the Kintyre Schools Pipe Bands and then 4 years as Pipe Major of the Grade 3 Sound of Kintyre Pipe Band before returning to ScottishPower.
Pipe band competition has always been important, but performance has also been a strong feature of Andy’s career, with visits to Colorado & New York (USA), France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and even an appearance at the 75th Royal Variety Performance alongside Hayley Westenra & Luciano Pavarotti.
After being persuaded to try piping for dancers at the Lorient festival in 1998, Andy quickly found that he had a talent for playing for dancers and in particular keeping the tempos suitable for both the dancers and their parents!
August is always a busy month as Andy is the solo piper at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient as well as playing for the team of traditional highland dancers (Keltika). The festival is also very much a family affair, with his wife Kirstine being the lead dancer and choreographer, his daughter Zoe being the youngest open dancer in the team and his son Callum also playing snare drum.
Andy’s family tribute to all the incredible front-line workers during the Coronavirus pandemic, April 2020.
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