James Duncan Mackenzie is a Piper and wooden flute player from the Isle of Lewis.
From the village of Back, James started piping at the age of eight and was initially taught by Pipe Major Nick Gordon and the late Pipe Major Iain Murdo Morrison. He is a graduate of the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied on the Piping Degree course. During his studies in Glasgow, he played with the Scottish Power Pipe band under Chris Armstrong.
He is a former member of the folk band Breabach with whom he released four studio albums and toured internationally with for over a decade playing Highland Pipes and wooden flutes. James is currently a member of Tryst, a 10-piece bagpipe group made up of some of Scotland’s most well-known contemporary pipers and composers. In 2019, James returned to competitive piping and won the Silver medal for Piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting piping competition in Inverness.
To date, James has produced and released two solo albums, with his third solo album due for release in 2022. James’ last album, Sròmos, and forthcoming album consist entirely of his own tunes, all of which can be found in his new book, the James Duncan Mackenzie Collection. The book, along with his two solo albums, are available on his Bandcamp page.
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