Roddy MacLeod: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 3

Published: May 5, 2013
Roddy MacLeod: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 3 Published: May 5, 2013

In the third instalment of our exclusive interview with Roddy MacLeod, the Director of the National Piping Centre and the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping discusses in detail the relationship with Glasgow's College of Piping. He looks back to the origins of the Piping Centre, when the late Seumas MacNeill had a central role in its beginnings, only to fall out over a leadership disagreement. In Part 3, among many other topics, MacLeod takes an inward look at his career, and his professional contributions to the art.

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