"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 DADGAD 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 got 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 and the City of Dunedin pipeband but then turned his attention to music and rapidly 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, America, Asia and
the Antipodes and has been the winner of numerous competitions, including the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events and the St. Chartier Mâitre de Cornemuse.
Dan performs as a soloist as well as in various ensembles, not least amongst which may be counted the Scottish power-trad band, Cantrip; the Salsa fusion band, Salsa Celtica; the more RSCDS based 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.