Meet Our Quality Ambassador: Douglas Murray
A Q&A with Douglas Murray
Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m from St. Andrews, in Fife.
Q: When did you first develop an interest in bagpipes?
A: Quite a few years ago, when I was six years old I heard some local pipers play at a highland games and I asked my father if I could start learning them.
Q: What has been your biggest achievement playing pipes – so far!
A: It must be, in 2014 when I won the Double Gold Medal for piobaireachd at the Argyllshire gathering at the northern meetings at Inverness. I think I was the 11th person in history to win both those medals in the same year.
Q: What role does piping play in your life now?
A: Piping plays a huge role in my life at this time. I’ve played pipes since I was six years old. I am the Pipe Major of Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band. I do a lot of teaching as well, so it still is prominent in my life!
Q: Why do you play Kilberry Bagpipes?
A: I’ve played a few different sets over the years - some old sets, some new sets – and what I feel about Kilberry Bagpipes is that there is a richness in the sound. There is a lot of consideration taken into account on how they select the wood. The pipes have a richer sound and harmonic sound that blends well with chanters.
Q: What do you think is significant about Kilberry Bagpipes being hand-made?
A: It is very significant. There are quite a lot of differences between a hand-made set of bagpipes and a machine set of bagpipes. Essentially, a human or anyone working a lethe can feel the wood and feel differences in the wood… a machine can’t do that.