You could call Lachlan something of a Simon and Garfunkel of Celtic music”
~ Lafayette Journal and Courier
Lachlan is a Celtic music duo rooted in fast paced traditional melodies and stories of the Celtic isles.
Lachlan has been playing Irish and Scottish music from as far as north as Chicago for the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest, Indiana and as far south as Maryville, Tennessee near Knoxville for the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games. Even though Lachlan only has two members people are pleasantly surprised by their huge sound. They are loved for their driving bass beat and melodic high ends. The duo is perfect for any venue from small bars to outdoor amphitheaters. Lachlan can get any group to join in on their audience participation song and get them dancing to their tunes.
Raised at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Morganton, Matt Hill’s music is strongly influenced by his Scottish ancestors who settled the region more than 100 years ago. The jigs, reels, and airs of Scottish traditional tunes inspired Matt to study abroad at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. He studied Highland bagpipes and tin whistles with internationally acclaimed Scottish musician, Finlay MacDonald.
Matt spent time in Amsterdam, Netherlands studying percussion under several world-class percussionists including Nancy Zeltsman, Jack van Geem, and Theodor Milkov. In May 2011, Matt graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in percussion performance.
The real events of life, love, relationships, and nature inspire Matt to write and share how he understands the world. Matt’s debut EP entitled, “Stories Often Missed”, released in April 2011, shares these stories that often go unnoticed.
Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Josh started learning to play various musical instruments from the age of 11. Soon after while attending high school, Josh learned to play the Great Highland Bagpipes and playing with the Louisville Pipe Band. Josh discovered his love of Irish tradition music while performing on the Irish low whistle and flutes at the local pub in Louisville, KY. After graduating high school, Josh began to play the Irish Uilleann pipes and hasn’t looked back since.
Josh has played in many Irish ceili bands, and was a founding member of the band Splitbow. He has played in many festivals such as the Louisville Irish Fest, and Berea Celtic Festival.
Josh has since then been studying to become an uilleann pipe maker. His website for Uilleann Pipe making is BaileyPipes.com. He currently plays on pipes that he built. Josh’s playing is greatly influenced by Lunasa, Solas, and John McSherry.
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