Arts / Musician to bring self-designed pipes north for trio of gigs

A MUSICIAN who designed his own pipe instrument using a 3D printer is set to play three concerts in Shetland in the coming weeks.

Donald Lindsay will take his solo show ‘How’ve You Been?’ to Fetlar, Yell and Mareel in Lerwick.

Lindsay is perhaps best known for designing his own Scottish smallpipes.


Created using 3D printing, the pipes allow a range of up to three octaves.

Two of his early prototypes now have pride of place at the Museum of Piping in Glasgow.

The performance will also include film, self-shot and edited, which follows Lindsay’s last few weeks on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

The musician and his family were resident on the remote island between 2019 and June this year.

He spent much of his time there researching the design of his self-designed ‘Lindsay’ pipe system, composing for it, and exploring it musically.

Lindsay will be performing new compositions to form a live soundtrack to this film, which itself is more or less a “silent” film.


“Due to its natural isolation, and a strict regime of testing and quarantine for new arrivals, Ascension has been more or less untouched by the pandemic so far,” he said.

“It’s not my intention in the film to try to explore the crisis directly, but I’m hopeful that there’s a positive message in the film and the music about renewal, recovery and onward movement as it follows the changing scenes and stages of the journey.”

Lindsay will perform at the Fetlar Hall on 30 July before heading to the Mid Yell Public Hall the day after. Both events start at 7pm, and tickets can be bought here.

On Sunday 1 August he will take to the Mareel stage at lunchtime.