multi-instrumentalist from Cambuslang, Scotland,
who started out on piano and gravitated to the bass during his teens. He would go on to add the flute,
harp, tinwhistle bouzoui
and uillean pipes to his arsenal of instruments.
Contraband in 1969 and they released a self-titled album in 1974 but then dissolved
In 1976, he
co-founded Ossian, and they enjoyed success for over a decade, releasing a
string of albums, including Borders,
Dove Across the Water, Light on a Distant Shore, Seal Song, and St. Kilda Wedding.
Ossian was no more. William
struck out on his own, releasing several solo albums, such as The Ancient Harp of Scotland, Heart Music, Inchcolm, and The Wellpark
his education at the Guildhall
School of Music &
Drama in 1992, when he trained to be a music therapist. This led to him eventually becoming
the head of the Music Therapy Department at Mission Children’s
Hospital, which is located in Asheville,
He won the
Song for Scotland
competition for “Land
which he penned in 1999. On 27th
July 2000, it received a royal audience when it was played at Edinburgh Castle in honour
of the Queen Mother’s centenary.
In the new
millennium, he has toured extensively with fellow multi-instrumentalist, Grainne Hambly. One of their many stops was the
Somerset Folk Harp Festival, where they played “Eily
Gheal Chiun” on
22nd July 2007.
He and the
Asheville Symphony gave the world premiere of his composition, “Scottish
Fantasia” in November 2007.
In addition to
his busy performing and recording schedule, he has also written music for
the BBC and Scottish TV, and performed on the soundtracks of The Battle of the Clans on the
History Channel and the theatrical release, A Shot at Glory.
The Celtic Tenors recordings
Still By Your Side (Jimmy MacCarthy/Feargal
(CD: Remember Me)