Ailis Sutherland is from Kirriemuir, Angus and grew up playing in her local pipe band. As a soloist and as part of a range of ensembles including folk band Hecla, Ailis has a diverse performance history with festival appearances in Australia, Brittany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and Romania.

She is quickly accumulating a wealth of teaching experience on highland pipes, smallpipes, flute and whistle, having delivered workshops on the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland’s outreach programme, teaching repertoire and technique classes on the Curso Internacional de Música Tradicional (Asturias) and as a regular Fèis tutor in Uist and Barra.

Ailis graduated with a BA (Hons) in Applied Music from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2018 and now works at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, teaching in a primary school in the city as well as covering lessons on the intensive courses and seasonal schools.

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