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In days gone by traveling pipers made their living playing for family and social gatherings in Scotland and Ireland. Today travelingpiper.com is the internet home of Ian Lawther, a professional piper and traditional musician based in Sammamish, near Seattle, Washington.

Ian plays the highland bagpipes, Northumbrian and Scottish smallpipes, uilleann and border bagpipes, English concertina, whistles and flute. He began playing as a boy and has more than thirty years playing experience, which includes film, TV and radio, as well as the orchestral pieces "Orkney Wedding with Sunrise" (Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies) and "Celtic Requiem" (John Tavener). His playing has taken him to France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and the United States, as well as his native Britain. Ian's playing can be found on a number of recordings on his discography page.

Ian regularly plays for weddings, christenings, funerals and other family occasions, as well as corporate functions and promotional work. He gives lessons on the pipes, and has been an instructor at the North Hero Pipers Gathering in Vermont. In addition to teaching bagpipes Ian gives talks in schools about folk instruments, with some history and explanation of how they work. Naturally such talks include demonstrations of the instruments themselves and are tailored to the age and understanding of the children involved. He is also available to play in acoustic music venues such as folk clubs, house concerts, and coffee bars.

Besides performing as a soloist Ian has played in a number of bands through his career. Whilst in the United Kingdom these included pipe bands in Stevenage and Canterbury and playing for folk dances in the bands Atz, Wayzgoose, Finisterre and The Gillies. Ian performed in the folk group Medlar, and as a duo with singer and guitarist Dave Shaw (also a member of Medlar). Now based in the States, Ian was a member of the Fabulous Potato Heads Rhythm and Blues Ceili Band's final line up between September 2000 and May 2001, and played in the East Coast's premier pan-Celtic band Iona in 2003/4.

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