Ollie Rigg hails from a rich highland piping background. Learning from aged 9 in Dumfries and Galloway, Ollie collected prizes in the Open Highland Games circuits as a teenager. While studying in Glasgow, he played with the Scottish Power Pipe Band from 2011-2013, during which time the band was consistently ranked in the top 3 bands in the World Championships. He has taught both large groups and provided 1-on-1 tuition at the College of Piping in Glasgow, where his attention was switched from competitive drive to playful and constructive learning. He takes pride in teaching in a meaningful way, helping students learn the music they enjoy with the least fuss.
Although still playing highland and border pipes to a high standard, Ollie’s main focus is now mastering the Tin Whistle and Uilleann Pipes. This has generated greater musical diversity and capability in his tunes while maintaining a high technical ability. He currently works part-time as a whistle-maker in the MK Whistle factory in Glasgow. In the workshop, Ollie is mentored closely by Misha Somerville as he assembles, finishes and quality checks the Low D, F, G, and A MK-whistles. A regular on the Edinburgh session scene, Ollie also enjoys playing any of his wind instruments with various ceilidh bands.
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