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Skye Boat Song
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Full time, professional Highland bagpiper to hire throughout the UK. Specialist in Weddings and Funerals plus many other types of events.
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Booked for an Encore gig with less than 24 hours’ notice
Demonstrated expertise by completing the Encore Academy
Lightning fast responses
Average response time under 2 hours
This act has been working with Encore for over 5 years
Veteran: 50 bookings through Encore
Military, Folk, Traditional church music, Early music, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Light music, Marching, Originals, World music, Scottish music
Arranger, Composer, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
The following is a selection of my repertoire,
I do have other tunes that may be unfamiliar to non piping people.
If you don't see your favourite, please get in touch, I do have an extensive library and can usually source and learn most bagpipe tunes.
Cock of the North
For Ireland, I'd not tell her name
Hector the Hero
Mull of Kintyre
The Ballad of Glencoe
The Cradle song
The Dark Isle
The Flower of Scotland
The Leaving of Liverpool
The Mingualy boat song
The Mist covered mountains
The Skye boat song
These are my mountains
We're no awa tae bide awa
When the pipers play
Flowers of the Forrest
Sleep Dearie Sleep
Abide with me
Oft the Stilly Night
All the Blue Bonnets o'er the border
Bloody fields of Flanders
Donald MacLean of Lewis
Farewell to the Creeks
King George the V's Army
Liberton pipe band
Lord Lovat's lament
Meeting of the waters
Scotland the Brave
The 25th KOSB's farewell to Meerut
The 79ths Farewell to Gibraltar
The Atholl Highlanders
The Barren Rocks of Aden
The Bathgate Highland games
The Battle of the Somme
The Battle of Waterloo
The Black bear
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
The Brown haired maiden
The Crags of tumble down mountain
The Drunken piper
The Glendaurel highlanders
The Green Hills of Tyrol
The Heights of Dargai
The Highland wedding
The Muckin o Geordies byre
The Old rustic bridge
The Road to the Isles
The Rose of Allendale
The Roses of Prince Charlie
The Rowan Tree
The Steam boat
The Weary maid
When the Battle's O'er
Ye Jacobites by name
Because he was a bonny lad
O'er the bows to Ballindalloch
Orange and Blue
Rose among the heather
Ale is dear
Devil among the taiors
High road to Linton
Jock Wilsons ball
Glasgow City police pipers
Rocking the baby
Tripping up the stairs
Crossing the Minch
Sandy's new chanter
The High drive
Auld Lang Syne
A Man's a man for a that
My Love she's but a Lassie yet
Corn rigs are bonnie
Ye Banks and Braes
Will ye no come back again
Ae fond Kiss
Some tunes I won't or can't play.
Most pop songs
Any offensive music
Some popular songs that aren't specifically written for the bagpipe can sometimes be played.
However, most can't and although some pipers will attempt a version of that song, I prefer not to play anything that isn't correct or as close as can be to the original.
Bagpipes only have 9 notes so we can be very restricted in what can and can't be done.
I always prefer to aim to have my playing and presence at your event to be a memorable one and that could sometimes mean I should not attempt a certain piece if, in my opinion that it will have a negative impact.
What do your clients love most about your performances?
Being able to tailor the performance to their exact requirements. I also pride myself on the quality of my music and standard of turnout
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
Too many to list, I 've played all over the world, from private houses to stately homes and castles and for the general public and heads of state and royalty. Some events I have previously played at include:- The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Basel Tattoo, the Berlin tattoo, the Malta tattoo and the world pipe band championships to name a few.
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Many pipers from world champions to the ordinary pipe band piper, each with their own techniques and characteristics. Some of the biggest influences are the least well known.
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
The hand over of Hong Kong in 1997
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
Not normally a problem, please try and give me as much notice as possible of any changes and I will do my best to accommodate.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
How much time do you need to set up?
No more than 10 - 15 minutes, can be less if required e.g performances for surprises.
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
Yes, I will also attempt to source and learn any pieces not on my set list as long as they are playable on the bagpipe
Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?
Can you learn specific pieces before the event?
Yes, given at least a weeks notice and subject to the piece being able to be played on the instrument.
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£120|
|Up to 1 hour||£160|
|Up to 2 hours||£200|
|Up to 3 hours||£250|
A performance at a wedding reception only would typically include:- A typical wedding ceremony performance would include the following:- Pipe for the arrival of the guests Pipe for the arrival of the bride and groom and lead them into drinks reception Pipe during photos (subject to venue and weather) Lead bride and groom to top table for the wedding breakfast. Finish
A typical wedding ceremony performance would include the following:- Pipe for the arrival of the guests Pipe for the brides arrival, or, pipe bride down the aisle Pipe bride and groom out of the ceremony Pipe during photos (subject to venue and weather) Pipe as bride and gromm leave for reception. Finish
Wedding and reception or civil ceremony
Pipe for the arrival of the guests Pipe for brides arrival, or, pipe bride down the aisle Pipe bride and groom out of the ceremony Pipe during photos (subject to venue and weather) Lead bride and groom to top table for the wedding breakfast. Finish
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