BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2020, Ali specialises in piping and whistles and has been immersed in Scottish traditional music since the age of nine when a family friend started teaching him the pipes. Ali spent 4 years at the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music in Plockton before attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Throughout all of this he maintained close links with the Fèis. He has recently released an album with his trio, Project Smok.