About Micheal

Micheal Steele is 20 years old and from the Isle of South Uist. He is currently in his 3rd year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies the Highland Bagpipes and the Wooden Flute. He started learning the pipes from the tuition of Ivan MacDonald and Donald MacDonald before moving onto Iain MacDonald. After being accepted into the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in 2013 he then received tuition from Iain MacFadyen. Micheal has enjoyed some success in solo competition, his most notable prize being the overall under 18 winner at the Highlands and Islands ‘Young Piper of the Year’ competition in 2012.

Micheal began his tuition on the wooden flute at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music where he received tuition from Dougie Pincock. He then moved onto receive tuition from multi-instrumentalist Hamish Napier at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Micheal has had a short pipe band career, it has been a very successful one however, as he has won the Grade 2 World Championships in 2015 and 2016 and the European Championships in 2015 with Johnstone Pipe Band.

Micheal is also involved in several folk/ceilidh bands and this has given him the opportunity to play at many events. His most notable being the ‘Hebridean Celtic Festival’ in 2011, ‘Tiree Music Festival’ in 2013, 2015 and 2016, ‘Cambridge Folk Festival’ in 2014 and the Eilean Dorcha Festival in 2016. He has also had some experience in performing throughout Europe, at a festival in Caceres, Spain headlining the ‘Caceres Irish Fleadh’ in 2015 and at Celtic Concerts in various parts of Germany performing with Johnstone Pipe Band in 2016.

Micheal has recently began teaching. This has been through the National Piping Centre and also through local Feis’ on Uist and Tiree. Both these have given Micheal valuable experiences as both cover players of all abilities and also all ages. Micheal has also started teaching privately in Glasgow.