Fred Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, but it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style. His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering acts like the Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers. Although his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish smallpipes, or reelpipes – Morrison being a pivotal populariser of this once-rare variety – and Irish uilleann pipes. He was also one of the first Scottish artists to forge dynamic links with his Celtic cousins in Brittany and north-west Spain, adding further to his repertoire of influences and tunes, and has long been renowned as an outstanding tune composer.
During the 1990s, as well as releasing his superb debut solo album The Broken Chanter, Morrison was a member of both the landmark Scottish supergroup Clan Alba and contemporary Celtic stars Capercaillie, featuring with the latter in the Hollywood movie Rob Roy. He has since pursued a diverse array of collaborative and solo projects, meanwhile releasing two more albums: the unanimously-lauded The Sound of the Sun, in 2000, and 2003’s dazzling duo set with Irish bouzouki ace Jamie McMenemy, Up South.
Recent career highlights range from his record-breaking seventh victory in the 2004 Macallan Trophy competition at Brittany’s Lorient Festival to the world première of his first orchestral composition Paracas: Rhapsody of the Gael – a 90-minute work performed by over 100 musicians – as the opening concert of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival in 2005.
2006 year saw the launch of Morrison’s very own signature instrument, the Fred Morrison Reelpipes, which have swiftly become a popular choice among today’s top players. Since then, Fred continues to compete at the highest levels of solo piping when his schedule allows, and this included the 2017 Macallan Trophy at Lorient. As well, Fred as launched his own signature uilleann bagpipes in partnership with McCallum Bagpipes, and he continues to tour and perform throughout the World.
The City of Regina Pipe Band
The City of Regina Pipe Band has been Saskatchewan's champion pipe band since 1992, and has represented Regina and Saskatchewan at Highland Games and Festivals in Canada, the USA and Scotland. The band has won prizes in Grade 2 at Maxville, in BC and the Pacific Northwest, Montreal, and at events in Scotland.
As well as it's significant competition and performance schedule, the band plays a key roles in teaching the Conservatory of Performing Arts Pipe Band, and in organizing the Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival, the Mid-Winter Celtic Festival, the Ceilidh in the Park event, and the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association's annual summer school "Sound Advice," held each summer at the University of Regina.
The band performed at Piping Live!, The Glasgow International Piping Festival in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012, and has performed at Celtic Festivals in Scotland, Washington State and North Dakota. In August 2013, the band played in front of over 44,000 home-town fans as a backing to Sir Paul McCartney for his "Mull of Kintyre."
In 2017, the band performed and competed throughout the prairies while celebrating its 25th anniversary, and finished the season with straight firsts at the Canmore Highland Games.