Chris has built up a wealth of experience working with and setting up nearly every make of bagpipe. This coupled with Chris’s introduction to engineering in his first employment has allowed him to develop what he believes to be a superior line of products.
Chris is the Pipe Major of ScottishPower Pipe Band - a band which regularly rank among the top 3 bands in the world. His Pipe Major experience at the very top level and his years of pipe band playing has allowed him to amass a wealth of knowledge and insight in to the conditions and demands pipers place upon their instruments. His extensive pipe band back experience, alongside his impressive track record in the solo piping scene, means that Chris knows what it takes to produce a top class sounding instrument and he has used this knowledge to aid in the design of his products. All of this means that you can have complete confidence in the both the service and quality of X-TREME bagpipe products.
Winning the Bratach Gorm in 2007
Overall Champion Piper at the Scottish Piping Society of London in 2007
First in the Former Winners MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2001 and 2011
First in the A grade MSR at the Northern Meeting in 2001
First in the MSR at the PM Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational 2002
Runner up in the Former Winners MSR at the Northern Meeting twice
Overall champion in 2002 and 2003 at the Cowal Highland Gathering
In 2003 he won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting
There are two versions of X-TREME Drone Reeds - Standard and Premium - both precision engineered to exacting standards making them extremely air efficient.
The design proﬁles a carbon ﬁbre tongue which will give you a tailored, stable and rich tone. The Premium version comes with the added benefit of being moisture resistant, and this is due to the hydrophobic nature of the material from which they are manufactured.
X-TREME drone reeds have been engineered to essentially be ‘plug-and-play’ and have been tested extensively in a wide variety of bagpipes. Varying bore sizes between different makes of bagpipes and individual chanter reed strengths mean you may need to make slight adjustments to achieve the best results. The instructions are available here to view on-line or download. Please read them before attempting to make any adjustments to the reeds. These instructions are applicable to both versions of X-TREME drone reeds.
Available for download only, RE:Tradition is a reinterpretation of the way bagpipe music is presented. Browse through this collection of original compositions complete with audio recordings.
The title of the book and its content are meant as a compliment to our tradition and many of the tunes inside do just that. Of course there are few tunes that reside outside what would be considered traditional, but as a whole the collection helps to highlight the direction that Chris has taken with his piping and music more recently.