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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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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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Actor, Composer
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Stephen W, 3 years ago

Excellent Musician who presented himself in a very professional manner. A nice man who knew his stuff. would recommend to anyone

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Darren C, 3 years ago

Very good :)