Teaching since 1986
Andrew’s Scottish odyssey began in Brisbane in 1975, where he learned to play the bagpipes. His pipe tutor, Neil MacKenzie, introduced both he and his mother to Scottish Dancing in 1976. Neil was both a respected piper, Highland and Country dance teacher. In 1986, Andrew gained his Teacher’s Certificate at St Andrews, Scotland, being tutored by Alistair MacFadyen.
In 1988 he moved to Adelaide and in 1992, played at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the Adelaide University Regiment Pipe and Drums. In 1994, he thought a 4 week holiday in Germany would be great; however he had a better offer and married Mechthild instead. Whilst living there, they were part of the organising group for the yearly Rechberg weekend course, until moving to Adelaide in 1997. Andrew has taught classes of various dancing levels at days of dancing, weekend and week-long schools in Australia, Germany and New Zealand. Professionally, Andrew is a Massage Therapist specialising in shoulder and neck injuries using Remedial Therapies.