photo credit Carl Batson and Liondsaidh Chaimbeul 

Brighde Chaimbeul (Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner 2016) is a piper from the Isle of Skye, Scotland.  She has been described by Tim Chipping, fRoots Magazine, as an "exceptional musician" and by Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2's Folk Show,  as a "mesmerising piper". Her trio, comprised of Innes White (guitar) and Mairi Chaimbeul (harp) has performed as part of many festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Towersey Festival and Skye Festival. As an award-winning soloist on both smallpipes and Highland pipes,  Brighde has performed across the country at events such as Piping Live and Celtic Connections. 

A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from Scandinavian music and the driving tradition of Cape Breton tunes. She has received tuition over the years from acclaimed pipers Niall Stewart, Iain Speirs, Fin Moore and Dr Angus MacDonald. 

Brighde plays Scottish smallpipes in the key of C and D made by Fin Moore and Hamish Moore. 




I have just returned from a hugely memorable trip to Bulgaria thanks to the generosity and funding of the Saltire Society, supported by Feisean nan Gaidheal and the British Council. 

I came back with a heap of kaba gaida (Bulgarian pipe) tunes to get my head around and a new found love for Balkan folk music.

Here's a sample of some of the music I learned while away: 


I had a great time over in Belfast for the filming of 'Port' Series 3. It is currently on the screens of TG4, so make sure to tune in for some great music. The Belfast episode goes out on the 17th of May featuring some amazing musicians including John McSherry, Donal O Connor and Grainne Holland. Here's a wee taster. 


I am looking forward to teaching at various feisean around Scotland this Summer. Do get in touch at if you have in enquiries about my teaching at workshops or private tutoring. 

I am available for teaching whistles/bagpipes/smallpipes/chanter/keyboard, through gaelic if wanted.