Bagpipes and the creation of new innovative highland bagpipe music influenced by the Celtic / Scottish bagpipe tradtion is the specialty of Scott Cawthon, one of five Cawthon bagpipe artisans.
Donald and Jock MacLellan, Scottish immigrants and family friends first introduced him and his four brothers to playing the bagpipe during the 1960’s. He began taking bagpipe lessons from Donald MacLellan at the ripe old age of 8. H also had tutoring from local bagpipe instructors Nelson Frew and John Goodenow.
He attended numerous Scottish performing arts schools where he received personal tutoring from Scotland’s leading pipers Capt. John MacLellan, bagpipe Major John MacKenzie and John MacFadyen.
Playing the bagpipes in many bagpiping competitions is one of Scott’s most memorable achievements. He placed 1st in the USA and 3rd in the N. American solo bagpipe competitions in the late 1960’s.
Although Scott has enjoyed performing publicly, his desire was to create a new refreshing sound that would gracefully “weave” the Great Highland Bagpipe with various other instruments to create an array of styles and sounds. Each tune is artistically composed to paint musical pictures with vibrant splashes of imagination.