Ashley MacDonald returns this year as our piper for Youth Piping at Ceòlas. Ashley originates from Gearradubh, Grimsay/Benbecula but now resides on Lewis as the Comhaire Nan Eilean Siar Piping Instructor. Ashley teaches in 10 schools between Lewis and Harris. Ashley is the Director and Pipe Major of the Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band which boasts of 40 strong players from age 9-17 with plans of a new development band in the process.
Ashley is also the Lewis and Harris Piping Society Piping Secretary which runs local competitions for residents in the Western Isles as well as the famous PM Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition. Ashley also has her own Piping School on Lewis and teaches the accordion at the local Fèis. Ashley was featured on the tribute CD recently made for Rhona Lightfoot, as well as other recordings for various artists.