"A top-shelf musician. Dan has an intuitive feel for the music and impeccable chops. Highly recommended!"

                                                 - Tristan Henderson -


Dan Houghton is a world class Scottish Bagpiper and as such plays Scottish Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Borderpipes and Smallpipes.  He is also a flautist and a whistle player and has been known, occasionally, to set his hand(s) unto the guitar and bouzouki. He is the offspring of two Scottish country dance teachers, both of whom are also old folkies, as a result of which he began his Scottish musical training several months before he inspired his first lungful of air. 


His accomplishments are many and varied. He started his bagpipe training as a competition piper and played with both the MacAlister College pipe band, studying under Andrew Hoag, and the City of Dunedin (NZ) pipeband studying with Airdrie Stewart. He then turned his attention to music and moved into playing for dancing, in which domain he has earned himself quite a reputation. He as has toured and taught extensively throughout Britain, Europe, Ireland, Asia, America, and the Antipodes and has won numerous competitions, including the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society's Open Borderpipes and New Composition events and the Mâitre de Cornemuse at SaintChartier.

Dan performs as a soloist as well as in various different ensembles, not least amongst which may be counted the Scottish power-trad band, Cantrip; the Salsa fusion band, Salsa Celtica; the RSCDS


dance band Parcel of Rogues, the “Celtic” Rock band Prydein and, more recently, Pipers' Den. He also performs in an as of yet nameless duo with harpist Rachel Clemente and with Eric Macdonald in the duo Anxty. When not performing or practicing Dan whiles away his time as a carpenter and general maker an repairist of things.