Born in 1988, and having grown up in Helensburgh, former Hermitage Academy pupil Kyle started learning pipes at the age of eight and now attends the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he is in his final year studying a BA(hons) in Scottish Music – Piping.
Kyle has always excelled at the pipes and was an influential member of the Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band, helping the band achieve an increase of 4 grades in 5 years and in 2008 played with the famous Strathclyde Police Pipe Band – Scotland’s premier grade one pipe band.
From an early age music has played an important role in Kyle’s life and he has been influenced by a wide range of artists and styles, ranging from his favourite childhood track Stevie’s First Bar by The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (a pipe band that he rates as the best in the world and one that he aspires to play with one day), through to the collaborative work of Jay-Z and Linkin Park.
At the age of 14, Kyle was amongst the first intake of pipers for the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The first intake included boys and girls from across the length and breadth of Scotland, and young pipers from England and Ireland, many with significant piping achievements already to their names. During his period with the NYPB, Kyle rose to the position of Pipe Major and gained the opportunity to travel as far as Mexico to perform and also appeared on Blue Peter.
In 2007, Kyle formed the world’s first bagpipe boy band, TNT – The New Tradition – with two friends, Keith Bowes and Alasdair Henderson. The aim for the band was to make bag piping cool with funky beats and sizzling dance moves in the hope that the style of music would attract a new generation of listeners. As a member of TNT – The New Tradition, Kyle won the prestigious Danny Kyle Open Stage competition at Celtic Connections in 2007.
In the summer of 2009 he won the Breton Championships with the Bagad Cap Caval Pipe Band at the Lorient festival in France. Kyle was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year for 2010, and now performs worldwide with the famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Described as the new Jock and Roll! the group is in much demand performing all over the world from the USA to China at the biggest of events and festivals.
Kyle is not just a talented musician; he is also displaying a flair for composition. He is a keen composer with several bands playing his compositions and has had a number of his tunes published. In 2008, Kyle won the National Piping Centre’s 10th Anniversary competition to produce an original four-part 6/8 march for the great Highland bagpipe. The competition attracted over 70 entries from around the world. World renowned Canadian piper and author Michael Grey has chosen several of Kyle’s tunes for inclusion in his latest collection of music for pipes.
In 2010, Kyle published his first book of pipe compositions “Tunez”. Described as a “most welcome addition to the light music repertoire for the Highland Bagpipe.” Kyle’s compositions cover the full light music repertoire and offer a variety of music in both a traditional and a dynamic contemporary style therefore offering something for all enthusiasts of pipe music.