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I have played the Highland bagpipes for over 30 years. I have been lucky enough to perform at many high profile events all over the world.
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I have been playing the bagpipes for over 30 years and started when I was 9 years old. I have had the privilege to travel all over the world and play at many events and functions. I take great pride in the standard of my turnout and playing and believe that I must always strive to deliver my absolute best at all times, my playing at your event becomes part of your memories and I can't afford to supply a bad memory for my clients. Where it all began! I had wanted to learn the bagpipes from the age of 6 and finally got to start learning the bagpipes at 9 years old with a local band. It was here that I was taught the basics and developed my passion for the Great Highland Bagpipe. I spent many happy years with this band learning my craft and travelling around the country to play with the band. At the age of 17, I decided to join the army and I became a member of the world famous pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch. What came next? During my time in the army I was lucky enough to travel all over the world playing with the band as well doing my day job as a soldier. I was extremely lucky to have chosen one of the army's premier pipe bands to serve with and recieved world class instruction from them which further developed my skills and abilities. As an army piper I was chosen to take part in many high profile events, the highlights of those events would be playing for the Royal family and various other international heads of state at official functions, the Edinburgh military tattoo, North American tour and the hand over of Hong Kong to name but a few. During my time as an Army piper I passed the class 1 pipers course which was a pre requisit for being put forward for the army Pipe Majors course. Being an army piper in one of the worlds premier proffesional pipe bands gave me an excellent grounding in performing at many types of events and I believe my experience allows me to provide my clients with an unrivalled service. After the army. After leaving the army, I returned to the band that had taught me and very soon after I was asked to be their pipe major. The band had suffered over the years and was not in a healthy state, we set to work to rebuild the band. Over the next few years I strted to teach new pipers and the membership grew steadily and we managed to get the band back on the competition field. I have played at most of the official major championships, including the World pipe band championships, the European championships and the British championships and was keen to take my band to these events, we managed to attend some of the major championships as well as many local competitions and we were able to pick up aprize or two along the way. As well as playing in competition with the band, I also attended local solo piping competitions and was lucky enough to have held the North West England solo piping championship. Afterr 8 years with my childhood band, I decided a change was required and was asked to teach a local cadet band, some of my cadets went on to play at high profile events themselves and some even followed in my footsteps to take up a piping career in the armed forces. Shortly after getting involoved with the cadets I was invited to be Pipe Major of another well known local band, although I am no longer the Pipe Major of that band, I still take an active part in the teaching and direction of the band. My experiences from the age of 9 allows me to confidently provide a professional service to any event type. Having experienced this high level of performance, I am able to offer a professional service from the standard of turn out to quality of playing for your event. I pride myself on providing a quality performance every time, I have a number of tartans in both full dress and less formal options. I am confident that whatever the occasion I can provide a performance to suit. Below is a selection of some of the countries I have visited to play my pipes and some of the high profile events I have taken part in:- The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1996, 1997, 1998, 2014) Kenya (1996) Tour of New Zealand (1997) Piping for the Normandy veterans on their annual return to France (2012, 2013, 2014) The Basel Tattoo (2015) The Berlin Tattoo (2016) The Malta Military Tattoo (2017) Tour of North America (1994, 1998) The Hong Kong Rugby sevens (1996) The Hand over of Hong Kong (1997) Kirklees Festival of Remebrance (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018) Contries I have played in:- All over the UK America Canada Denmark Germany Hong Kong New Zealand Kenya Malta Switzerland France

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
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Folk, Military, Traditional church music, Early music, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Light music, Marching, Originals, World music, Scottish music
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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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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

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.
Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral
Slow airs/songs
Cock of the North
Danny boy
For Ireland, I'd not tell her name
Going Home
Happy Birthday
Hector the Hero
Maries Wedding
Mull of Kintyre
My Home
Scottish soldier
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
Westering home
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
Bonnie Dundee
Bonnie Gallowa'
Bugle horn
Castle dangerous
Colins cattle
Cullen bay
Donald MacLean of Lewis
Farewell to the Creeks
Highland laddie
Jeannie Mauchline
Kilworth hills
King George the V's Army
Liberton pipe band
Loch Maree
Loch Ruan
Lord Lovat's lament
Mairi's wedding
Meeting of the waters
Murdo's wedding
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
Captain Horne
Hot punch
Highland Harry
Keel Row
O'er the bows to Ballindalloch
Orange and Blue
Rose among the heather
Ale is dear
Devil among the taiors
Fairy dance
High road to Linton
Itchy fingers
Jock Wilsons ball
Banjo Breakdown
Gasgow City police pipers
Rocking the baby
The Curlew
Tripping up the stairs
Clumsy lover
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.
Customer questions

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?

Not applicable

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 songs you play from the set list?

I am always happy to take requests. I'm happy to play requests not on my list, please try to give me a little notice so that I can source the music if required.

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.

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


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

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£140
Up to 2 hours£170
Up to 3 hours£200
Reception only
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
Wedding only
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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Tony F, 1 month ago

Andrew attended my mothers funeral recently and he was outstanding. He made such an impact on the day. Andrew was friendly, respectful and reliable. On behalf of myself and my family thank you. I would definitely recommend Andrew in future.

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Charlotte M, 1 month ago

We had Andrew play at our wedding as guests were arriving and he was fantastic. We are so pleased we booked Andrew and can’t recommend him enough if you’re looking for a great bagpiper. Andrew looked the part as he was so smartly dressed in all his kilt attire. Do not hesitate to book! He gave such a great atmosphere and was very flexible with timings

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Hannah M, 4 months ago

Andrew was absolutely the best choice we could have made for my mother in laws last journey. Discretion and dignity were high on our priorities and Andrew maintained every request with full professionalism. My mother in law would have loved every moment of Andrew playing - Amazing Grace and The Flower of Scotland were the 2 most important songs and were both played with execution. We would highly recommend Andrew to anybody looking for a Bagpiper. Thank Andrew for making my mother in laws final journey memorable despite the sad circumstances.

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Margaret R, 10 months ago

Absolutely Fabulous. Everyone who was watching Andrew thought he was brilliant. Well worth every penny Will be recommending him whenever possible.

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Wendy B, 2 years ago

10/10 The best experience ever everyone said at the Wedding reception how it made the day and how Andy carried on playing on and off through freezing cold weather, he was worth every penny. Wendy

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Linda W, 2 years ago

A wonderful Piper. he piped as the courtage walked down .piped into the hall and piped out played favorite tunes so movingly and my brother had always wanted a piper but Andrew Paton exceeded all expectations.A very moving tribute indeed . Thank you .

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20th January 2018

I have know Andrew for many years. He is one of the most eminent pipers in the north of England. He is steeped in Scottish traditional music and offers a value for money service. I will guarantee that should you book him, you`ll not be disappointed !