Amy pipes up on vocals

A teenage piper is enjoying musical success after putting down the instrument she has played since childhood to find her singing voice.

Bonnybridge musician Amy Low (19), in the duo It Takes Two with guitarist Colette McDonagh (20), will be one of the dozen acts performing in the regional final of the Soundwave Music Competition at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on Saturday.

Young piper Amy Low (19) has a sideline as a singer in the duo It Takes Two with Colette McDonagh (20) from Bearsden.

Young piper Amy Low (19) has a sideline as a singer in the duo It Takes Two with Colette McDonagh (20) from Bearsden.

It is a big departure from the former Camelon Pipe Band member’s usual role as a piper and piping tutor.

Her skill on the bagpipes, which she has been developing since the age of eight, has allowed her to play to crowds in Poland and more recently at an amusement park in China, where she offered visitors an authentic taste of traditional Scots music.

The former St Mungo’s High School pupil said: “I still do the piping but just last year I started singing seriously and it seemed to go okay. I met Colette when we were studying our HND in music performance at Glasgow Kelvin College and we entered some of our demo songs into this competition.

“We do our own stuff and cover pop songs.”

Amy and Colette will have ten minutes on the main stage of the O2 ABC to impress judges enough to make it through to the next stage of the competition for the chance to have their music recorded at a 
top studio and played on the radio.

Amy said: “They said it had been narrowed down from 300 entries to just 12, so now we’re just looking forward to it. We’ve got three songs to play and our friends and family will be there to support us so it should be a good night.”

Now a seasoned performer, Amy was anything of the kind when she featured in The Falkirk Herald back in 2010. Just 13, she became homesick on a piping trip to Poland and wanted to come home until big brother Andrew, a piper himself, flew over to offer her support and reassurance.