Originally from Methven in Perthshire, multi-instrumentalist Ali Hutton specialises in pipes, whistles and guitar. He began to play pipes at the age of seven and joined the World famous Vale of Atholl Pipe band where he received tuition and guidance from the late, great Gordon Duncan. Over the years he worked his way through all three grades of the Vale. Beginning in the Novice Juvenile he worked his way to Grade One Where he played alongside his heroes, Ian and Gordon Duncan. He also achieved a successful solo career winning medals at Cowal, the National Mod and at the Junior Scottish Championships. He also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where he first experienced the vibrant traditional music scene that exisited in the city. During this time he formed the first of several musical bonds with the fantastic musicians he met.
His first group was the fresh faced young seven piece band Brolum. The group gave him a real taste for life as a musician but sadly, after the release of their well received debut 'The Fair Face I Never Saw', the band split up. He then went on to join the band Back of the Moon replacing piper and gentleman, Simon McKerrel. Whilst with the band Ali toured all over the world playing in America, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Holland, Germany, Denmark and the UK. Highly acclaimed by the critics, Back of The Moon were voted 'Folk Band of the Year' and nominated in the 'Best Album' category at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
Next up was a debut production role alongside great friend and inspiration Duncan Lyall. The result of their collaboration was the Maeve MacKinnon album 'Don’t Sing Love Songs' which was performed as part of Celtic Connections 'Classic Albums' concert series at Glasgows prestigeous Royal Concert Halls. Throughout these years Ali also played with The Gordon Duncan Band, The Dougie Maclean Band, The Jamie Smith Experiment, Cantrip, Deaf Shepherd, The Trotters, The Walkabout Ceilidh Band and Capercaillie.
In 2007 Ali replaced the very great (and very short) Rory Campbell as piper and whistler for the mighty mutts, Old Blind Dogs. Alongside the powerhouse talents of Hardie, Jones and the Stone, this is one pack worthy of howling under any moon! He currently performs and records with The Ross Ainslie/Jarlath Henderson Band and also with the recent big hit on the scene, the whirlwind of jesters that is The Treacherous Orchestra! The journey continues…