Now That is Bagpipe Freedom!

Bradley Parker performs his first set in the BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final 2021.

The Road to Donemana by Bradley Parker, Mad Mick's by Ross Ainslie, Yer a Kent by Gordon Duncan, Sophie's by Bradley Parker

Video Credits: BBC Scotland

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