I have been a professional bagpipe maker and researcher for over twenty years. I was never very academic at school, but spent much of my time at the metal and woodwork shops and at the Music Department, but I did not learn to read music, so I did not make much progress with playing, because that was the way music was then taught. At the age of 26 I started to play the 'penny whistle' by ear while travelling in Africa and the
In 1986 my brother John and I persuaded Pete Stewart to join us to form The Goodacre Brothers - the English bagpipe trio playing English dance music in three-part harmony on my pipes. The instruments that we play are developed by me and based on our researches. In addition to our two recordings, I have produced two solo CD’s; all are available at my online shop.
I am English and have spent all my working life in
My particular interest in the field of Scottish piping is measuring and copying the earliest examples of 18th century Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes and
I am constantly refining and developing the design of my pipes, researching, measuring and copying old pipes in museum collections. Two major international bagpipe museums have commissioned pipes from me. (
Beyond the Workshop
In addition to making and playing bagpipes, I also regularly give academic lectures, public presentations and performances about piping history and pipe-making. For more details on this, visit my ‘ Beyond the Workshop’ page.
I also make occasional contributions to piping and other publications; some of these are included on the 'My Writings' page.