Alasdair Cuthbert

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I am a traditional piper looking for work in Oxford, London and surrounding area, with nearly 10 years of experience of parties, events etc.

I started learning the bagpipes at school aged 9 - I immediately took to the instrument, and have been a keen player ever since. I began learning under the tutoring of Pipe Major Dixie Ingram, former PM of the Scots Guards. From 2012 to 2017, I studied at Eton College under Pipe Major Jim Motherwell BEM, former PM of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Queen's Piper. While at school, I took part in several large concerts, solo, as a Pipe Band, and alongside the Brass Band and major events, including the annual CCF Military Tattoo, as well as winning twice the school Bagpipe Competition. In my final year I became the Pipe Major of the School Pipe Band, and led the band in all their events that year. Alongside this school career I have pursued many other outlets for my piping, including playing many times for the Basrah Road Dinner Club of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. Now a student at the University of Oxford, I am still furthering my playing at any opportunity, and play often for the various functions of my Reserve Unit, the Oxford University Officer's Training Corps, alongside other engagements both in and around the University, and beyond.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Military, Film / TV music, Folk, Ceillidh, Country, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Marching, Scottish music, Light music, Christmas, Ceilidh, Noise music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Highland Cathedral
Highland Wedding
The Abercairney Highlanders
Pipe Major Joe Wilson
H/M The Queen's Jig - Pipe Major Jim Motherwell
Colonel Andrew Cuthbert - Pipe Major Martin Huxter
Itchy Fingers
The Gael (Last of the Mohicans)
The Moonstar
Cullen Bay
Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
Clumsy Lover
The Train Journey North
Pumpkin's Fancy
Banjo Breakdown
Danny Boy
The Flowers of the Forest
The Mingulay Boat Song
The Skye Boat Song
The Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battle is O'er
The Dark Isle
Flower of Scotland
Scotland the Brave
The Rowan Tree
Abide with Me
Dives and Lazarus (I heard the voice of Jesus say)
Row Me Home to Islay
Over the Hills and Far Away
Carlingford Lough
Mary Grant
I See Mull
Farewell to Camraw
The Barren Rocks of Aden
Steam Train to Mallaig
The Magnificent Seven
Paddy Be Easy
Rab's Wedding
The Glasgow City Police Pipers
Farewell to the Creeks
Marine Corps Hymn
The Colonel, The Piper
The Marquis of Huntley's Highland Fling
Jock Wilson's Ball
Rocking the Baby
Selection of Christmas Carols/Music
The Brown Haired Maiden
The High Road to Gairloch
The Mist Covered Moutains
Highland Laddie
Mairi's Wedding
Hector the Hero
Calon Lan
The Black Bear
Lord Lovat's Lament
Mull of the Mountains
The Wandering Piper
Lady Madeleine Sinclair
The Duke of Gordon's Birthday
The High Road to Linton
God Save the Queen
'The Biscuit'; Pipe Major Malcolm McVittie
The Shepherd's Crook
The Sheepwife
The Battle of the Somme
The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar
The Red Coat
Pibroch O'Donald Dhu (March)
The Atholl Highlanders
Dovecote Park
Going Home (Local Hero)
The Lantern of the North (Elgin Cathedral)
Captain Noel Chavasse VC
The Ewe wi' the Crookit Horn (Jig)
The Garb of Old Gaul


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£240


From customers:

General O, 1 year ago

He really did play extremely well. He is a talented piper. He apparently learnt a couple of new tunes to support the Scottish dancers on the evening and he played everything really well. He got resounding applause from the entire hall (the Balliol dining hall was full and it’s not small) and also got 3 cheers. A cracking performance.

Professor L, 1 year ago

Just to thank you again. I’m crazy about bagpipes played properly, I really am.