The accomplishments of Michael McClanathan are extensive and impressive. As a piper with over 50 years of experience, Michael has acquired numerous medals and trophies as a result of his success in various competitions. He has performed before such dignitaries as the Lord Mayor of London and President George Bush, as well as for the opening day ceremonies of a variety of state legislatures.
Recognized around the state of Arizona, Michael has been featured in such publications as THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, PHOENIX MAGAZINE, PHOENIX BRIDE & GROOM, SCOTTSDALE LIFE, KEIRLAND MAGAZINE, SAN ANTONIO'S WEDDING GUIDE, AIR PARK NEWS, SIPS MAG, AIRLINE MAG, 85255 MAGAZINE, THE WEDDING CHRONICLE, DESERT SHAMROCK, SHAMCUS, and KID TIMES. He has also been seen on various local and national TV stations, and is the "Hunk-A-Licious" bagpiper of the top rated Beth & Bill Morning show on KEZ 99.9 FM.
There is no finer set of bagpipes in the state of Arizona, and perhaps the country, than those Michael uses. Made in 1880 by legendary pipe maker Peter Henderson in Edinburgh, they are beautiful in tone and mellowed with age. Their full, rich bass sound is one that has yet to be duplicated by modern bagpipe makers, though many have tried.
Henderson's quality craftsmanship was enhanced by recent refurbishings, both inside and out. The results include not only just a sound that will long be remembered, but also in appearance: wood returned to its natural luster and mountings that still show the distress of hard fought battles.
Michael is locally known as the "Kierland Piper" as he has been playing at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale since 2004. You may come out and listen and sit on the patio or by the huge fire pit and have a drink or some nibbles, it's a free concert every night. Call for a time schedule, as the times change to follow the sun.
You can find information on the resort at: www.kierlandresort.com
Origins: The McClanathans, MClanaghans and McClanahans traditionally number among the tribes of Niall of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland 379-406 AD, from whom they derive their clan name Ui Neill, or 'descendants of Niall'. Not all McClanathans are of Ui Neill descent, however, as the surname is also indigenous to Scotland where it is associated with Galloway and the western Isles: several Scottish villages take their name from the family; Balmacclannoquhen in Kyle, Balmaclanoquahan in Carrick, and Macclanochanstoun in Ayrshire among them.