Colin MacLellan: the pipes|drums Interview, Part 5

Published: February 28, 2010

We conclude our extensive exclusive interview with Colin MacLellan, one of the foremost leaders of his piping generation. In this installment, he discusses his heroes, piping in Edinburgh and what may be on his horizon.

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