Bagpiper

Alistair Mackay

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About Alistair

Highland piper with 30 years of professional piping experience playing as a military and civilian piper all over the world.
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Bagpiper
Northolt
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I learnt my piping from my father and then my main tutor another Highlander from Lochaber and a former Scots Guards' piper who was British Army Pipe Major qualified. Both my father and tutor were Gaelic speakers and steeped in the Highland piping tradition. I have been therefore very lucky to have experienced a traditional way of learning Highland piping. There have been pipers in my family going back for centuries and some of these were Seaforth Highlanders. I have also been a member of an army pipe band and have played for many army ceremonies and events including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, military parades, Remembrance Sunday ceremonies, Mess Dinners, roll calls etc. I have also played for members of the Royal family, British Prime Ministers and other VIPs both as a military and civilian piper. I have played at events throughout the world for British Ambassadors and the expat community and other events all over Britain. My experience also includes live television and radio broadcasts as well as pre-record programming.

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Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Musicianship
Genres:
Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Folk, Military, Scottish music
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Event types:
New Year's Eve, 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, Virtual event
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Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Actor, Composer
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Amy K
16 days ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant thank you Alistair! Professional, punctual and so helpful with details and ideas. You made our night a huge success and so special. Thank you!

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Sally D
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

The family were very happy with this part of their service. A poignant performance for a musical man. Thank you for arranging our booking at such short notice. Sally

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Kathryn S
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Jimmy, Alistairs dad played at a family memorial service, He was lovely, arrived well before time so we could sort out where he was going to play, played inside and outside the church. Helped us with the choice of music and made the day memorable and personal. Thankyou !

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Adrienne G
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Alistair played at my daughters wedding and he was brilliant. He was friendly, approachable and nothing was too much trouble for him. It was about 30 degrees and Alistair stood in the boiling sun without complaint. His playing was great and he played tunes we asked him too. He really did make our day extra special. So many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed him and he was their first experience of a piper. So glad we hired him and I would wholeheartedly recommend him .

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