Greig Canning - Long Form Conversation

Greig Canning is a piper with the two-time grade 1 World Champions, Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

He is a regular prize winner and ‘A grade’ competitor on the highland games circuit, regularly competing at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting.

Greig is a full-time bagpipe instructor for West Lothian Council, and the pipe major and instructor of the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band.

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