Malin Lewis

18th May 2024 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Music

Malin Lewis is a queer bagpiper, fiddler, instrument maker and award winning composer.

One of Scotland’s most exciting innovators, Malin melds West coast tradition with a newly invented, self-made bagpipe. Hair tingling, philosophical and dance inducing melodies inspired by European folk traditions, humans, queerness and the universe.

Having played in Canada, Europe and across the UK, Malin will release their long awaited debut album Halocline in April 2024. Halocline began as a New Voices commission for Celtic Connections and was premiered to a sold out Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2023.

Malin's unique sound is born from the deep connection that comes with making and composing for their own instrument. Alongside guitar and fiddle, Malin plays a newly invented two octave bagpipe that, when combined with guitar fx pedals, creates a whole new world of sound.

Inspired by the likes of Martyn Bennett, Duncan Chisholm and Sharron Shannon their music is as lively as it is thought provoking and sensitive. Recently Malin has been touring with Making Tracks international residency, recording film music in Berlin, learning the tradition of the extinct Finnish Bagpipes and composing for contemporary dance in London.


“A cutting edge creator” – Tom Service, BBC Radio 3

“The future of Scottish folk is here” – The Wire Magazine

“Re-Defining the music of tomorrow” – Finlay MacDonald, PipingLive

“Producing some of the most edgy and exciting music of the festival. With a custom chanter for the pipes and some nifty pedal production there were mesmerizing sounds that enthralled the crowd around the small stage. Run (don't walk) to see them if you get the chance.” – Mike Rushby, MNPR Magazine

“Amazing” – The scotsman

Their music “illustrates Malin’s immersion and understanding of the unique nuances of Scottish traditional music, whilst bravely finding beautiful, fresh ideas in melody and rhythm” – Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections

“It’s impossible to overstate how impressed we were with Malin Lewis” – The Soundhouse Organisation







The Tunnel

Reels – Edinburgh Tradfest 2020

Under Canvas BBC Alba 2021

Showreel – Edinburgh Tradfest 2020

Solo – Taynish – In Tune With Nature

Solo – National Theatre of Scotland – The Coming Back Out Ball