researching, reviving, renewing the Border piping tradition
"IT REALLY DOES SEEM, WHEN ONE HEARS HIS PLAYING, THAT THE TWO LOOSE ENDS OF A PIPING TRADITION HAVE BEEN PICKED UP AND TIED TOGETHER AGAIN SO THAT THEY ARE AN UNBROKEN THREAD ONCE MORE."
WILLIAM MARSHALL, BAGPIPE SOCIETY
Matt Seattle (PKA - Dragonfly Music) has been a musician for over 50 years, playing pipes for more than half of that time. His focus on the Border piping tradition has gained him respect within the traditional music world, and having lived in Northumberland before moving to the Scottish Borders in 1998, his playing is grounded in the vibrant musical traditions flourishing on both sides of the Tweed.
Formed in 2008, The Matt Seattle Band released “Reivers of the Heart” in 2010. Our second album with new member Morag Brown and guest singer Jackie McGuckian is well underway.
Traditional music, song and dance from Northumberland and the Borders - your one-stop shop for barn dances, ceilidhs and concerts. Read more at http://www.borderdirectors.com
Since mediæval times bagpipes have been associated with weddings and celebrations all across Europe. This association is particularly strong in the Borders (both sides!).
Matt plays solo and in a duo with Teviotdale guitarist Donald Knox. He also gives talks and leads workshops tailored to suit both general and specialist audiences.