Cauld wind whistles in

Chris Stout and Finlay McDonald
Chris Stout and Finlay McDonald

A Scottish musician and composer who has affiliations to Rothbury will be performing in the village this weekend.

On Saturday, Finlay MacDonald will take to the stage at the Jubilee Hall, alongside Chris Stout, with whom he has just released an album.

Finlay, 36, has been visiting Rothbury since he was a few months old.

His parents stumbled across the village when they were looking for somewhere to camp many years ago.

His father, Iain MacDonald, pipe major of Nielston and District Pipe Band, got talking to Jack Miller, drum major of Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, in the Turk’s Head pub and a new friendship was created.

The family visited for Alwinton Show that year and have been in touch ever since.

Finlay said: “I feel almost as at home in Rothbury as I do in Glasgow where we live.

“I do the music festival there most years and it is really cool going down every time and seeing old friends and making new ones as well.”

Finlay and Chris have just released a new album together, called The Cauld Wind.

It is a collection of music from the pipe tradition, as well as newly-composed melodies.

Chris is well-known for his work with harpist Catriona McKay and Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid.

Finlay has performed all over the world with countless bands and solo artists. Most recently he performed with Bryan Adams and P. Diddy.

The concert takes place from 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from Tully’s or on 01669 620419.