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.