All Copyright Brian McAlpine 2018

The Mutual Imagination Society Vol I


Please click on their names to find out more about their incredible work.

Rick Taylor

Trombones, Tuba, Vocals

Since arriving in Skye like a celestial being in the new millennium, Rick has become a much loved part of the entire Scottish music scene. With an incredible wealth of experience from playing with artists including Elton John, George Michael, Chris Rea, Robbie Williams and the Spice Girls, Rick has brought fresh enthusiasm, inspiration and passion to myself and many musicians throughout Scotland.   

Jonny Hardie


A founder member of The Old Blind Dogs, Jonny studied viola at The Royal Northern College of music before returning to Aberdeenshire and the traditional music of the North East of Scotland. Working together countless times over the years both live and in the studio has resulted in an easy, relaxed and fruitful relationship that continues to inspire creativity and ambition.

Alison Smith


Alison has for years been well known for her work in the Scottish Dance band scene. Her beautiful technique and tone makes an easy shift from traditional tunes to orchestral arrangements and has brought life and depth to the string parts on this album. Between Jonny and Alison, I have managed to create a huge string sound thanks to their incredible playing and patience.

Nigel Hitchcock


Nigel is something of a legend in the world of saxophones and jazz. A professional session musician from the age of 16 and now regarded as one of the finest players in the world Nigel has played with a who’s who of music including, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Mark Knopfler, Take That and Kate Bush.

Finlay MacDonald


Now Head of Piping Studies at the National Piping Centre, Finlay has worked with many leading artists in the traditional world. As a soloist, he’s worked with an incredible mix of performers including the RSNO, The RTE Philharmonic, Bryan Adams, Biffy Clyro and P.Diddy.

Ross Ainslie


Mentored by the late great Gordon Duncan, Ross is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator. Never standing still for long, he has worked with Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Zakir Hussain, The Levellers and Capercaillie. 

James Duncan MacKenzie


Hailing from Back in the Isle of Lewis, James attended the UHI, Benbecula and then studied at the RSAMD in Glasgow. A tremendous piper and flautist, James is a member of award winning Breabach, one of Scotland’s busiest bands.

Calum MacCrimmon


Canada-born Calum comes from a family of legendary pipers and composers from the Isle of Skye. A founder member of Breabach, they are presently gearing up for the launch of their 6th studio album ‘Frenzy of the Meeting’ set for release in October 2018

Scott Wood


Having played with Grade 1 stalwarts Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Scott moved away from competitive piping to focus on his passion for performance forming the Scott Wood Band. In addition to his ever increasing studio recording work, he is now piping with Skerryvore.

Nic Bullivant

French Horn

Fortunately for me ex Cairngorm Mountain Ranger, author and composer Nic is also a fantastic French Horn player.

Fiona White


Normally working away as one of Scotland’s top TV producers, Fiona brings a little bit of Morriconne to the album.