Jim Kilpatrick has been made a member of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, the first pipe band drummer ever to have received the award.
Kilpatrick was officially inducted as part of the 2009 Trad Music Awards, and joined accordionist, composer and radio presenter Bill Black; Celtic folk musician and composer Dick Gaughan; piper, singer and teacher Rona Lightfoot; accordionist Phil Cunningham; and Scots traditional singer Sheena Wellington in this year’s accolades.
About the award, Kilpatrick said, “This award is certainly an honour and I really appreciate the recognition. I have been fortunate to have surrounded myself with many wonderful and talented people in the pipe band and percussion world. I would like to thank them for their friendship and support and dedicate the award to every single one of them.”
The Hall of Fame was established in 2004 as an award for “musicians who have altered the Scottish musical landscape for the better.” Others from the piping and drumming world elected are Iain MacLellan, the former Pipe-Major of the Glasgow/Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, and the legendary solo pipers John D. Burgess, Iain MacFadyen and Donald MacPherson.
Kilpatrick is the Lead-Drummer of the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band and 16-times winner of the World Solo Drumming Championship. In a recent pipes|drums Poll, he was named the second greatest pipe band drummer of all time, closely following the legendary Alex Duthart.