Iain Sherwood has been a piper for forty-four years, and was taught by Bill Anderson, Hector Cameron on the East Coast, George Stoddart in Scotland, and Jock Sneddon and John Partanen in the west.

He has played for many notables, including clan chiefs, political figures, and Royals. He had a successful competition career in the late sixties and early seventies. He currently teaches piping in the East Bay area of San Francisco, in San Leandro. He recently performed for a documentary on Australian WW II POWs at the SS Pampanito Museum in San Francisco, now in post-production. The tune heard as background on this page is 'LAMENT FOR MY BROTHER,' composed in 2002, and played at the funeral of Major Charles Sherwood III USMCRet.

In 1998-9 he consulted on notation and embellishments for the recent release of Bagpipe Music Writer Gold, the premier pipe music engraving software, published by Robert MacNeil Musicworks of Canada.


Iain is also currently producing and directing an interactive Piobaireachd tutor CD-ROM written by John Eric Partanen Ph.D. He and John have recently cut a CD of new compositions entitled ARMED AND DANGEROUS which is available from CUILLINN CRAFT.

In addition to piping, he is an accomplished silver- and gold- smith, creating historically accurate designs of dirks, sporrans, brooches, sgians, and other Highland Dress accessories, many of which are on display at www.cuillinn.com.

Iain is the author of The Highland Emigrant's Piping Tutor, and owns Cuillinn Craft, purveying bagpipes, books, CDs, reeds, supplies, and all possible needs for pipers, in addition to fine highland dress and accessories in silver and gold. They are the U.S. west coast agents for KINTAIL, DRUMRAN, DAVID GLEN, and J&R GLEN bagpipes. Recently they have added INVERAN , IAN MURRAY, and TREWIN SOMERS bagpipes to their line. All of these makers produce the highest-quality pipes available on the market today.

They also have a wide resource for historical re-enactors, and can give expert advice on correct Highland Dress and costuming for any period of Scottish history. Iain holds degrees in both History (BA) and Art (MA), and is regarded as one of the premier experts on Highland Dress and weaponry in the US. The firm have recently expanded their line to include kiltmaking and tailoring, and represent the finest tailors and weavers in Scotland, Canada, and he US, including LOCHCARRON, RAYMOND OF DOUNE, PETER MACDONALD, & MACSWAIN KILTMAKERS.

Iain has been a life member of both the Eagle Pipers Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Piping Society of London for over forty years. In 2000 he was elected to An Comunn Na Piobaireachd, the prestigious Piobaireachd Society of Glasgow, Scotland. He was the only American to attend the Piobaireachd Society conference in March of 2001. He is also Piper to the Commandery of San Francisco, Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, shown above at a recent investiture.

He currently plays a set of bagpipes made in 1850 by John MacDougall of Perth, Scotland, and a set of J&R Glen bagpipes made by Sharp & Co.

Call him for a booking or lesson information at

(510) 569-1689

Visit the Cuillinn Craft site at www.cuillinn.com

copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007Tamarsha N.V./Twice Blown Music and Iain Sherwood