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Archie Macpherson

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About Archie

Pipe Major of the Edinburgh Academy with 10 years of experience. Repertoire to fit any event, with unique skill and presence worthy of you.
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My greatest hobby and skill: Piping has taken me all around Europe from London to La Fête de la Musique, Paris. Throughout the 10 years I have been playing the instrument, my extensive and broad repertoire has allowed me - with my Highland Bagpipes - to participate in a wide range of highly respected occasions, both formal and informal. Coming from a family of pipers in the city of Edinburgh, my passion and knowledge of the instrument is deep rooted, and I have always loved having to compete at a high level to stay at the top of my game. Previously being a member of different bands and a busking group, I find my greatest buzz coming from playing for the entertainment and need for others, no matter the occasion. Feeling most natural around the company of others, I enjoy taking requests and my respect for being asked to perform I feel is shown through my playing ability. From traditional music, to "fast paced Bonanzas" I'm sure to satisfy any need of rhythm.

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
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Military, Marching, Scottish 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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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Popular requests include: Scotland the brave, Highland Cathedral, Flower of Scotland, Flowers of the forest.
Repertoire is extremely extensive from hornpipes to jigs to reels to marches at an advanced level.
Some special 'pop/rock' requests can also be arranged if possible.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Please do just let me know. I'm a university student studying Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, so I am usually flexible on dates/times. No extra cost will be added to a change in date/time.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

10 minutes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course. The list only compromises of my most popular requests, however, I will cover an array of enjoyable and complex tunes. Please do just ask if you have any special requests.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely, free of charge. If you require video recording I can also provide this.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The high standard of playing ability, my friendliness & interest in your event, as well as my flexibility. Sometimes you might not be 100% sure about timings, or even what you really want from your piper. If you decide you want more of me, or require another service on the day then I'm more than happy to comply.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Balmoral Hotel, St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Academy, EU white tie ball, The luxury Hilton hotel, Budapest etc

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My pipe tutor Pipe Major Michael Gray.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The Beating of the Retreat.


From customers:

Rex B, 2 years ago

A skilled piper, pleasure to play with.

EUC D, 2 years ago

I have never heard the pipes sound pleasant before, and that says a lot coming from an Englishman

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From other musicians:

14th May 2017

Arch, Arch, Arch. What a player eh? Ladies and gents, a true inspiration to the piping world. I've played with this superb fellow many-a-time and I must say, how much of a pleasure it has been. Perhaps I will be graced with his music in the yonder years.

14th May 2017

Archie is an absolute baller. Oh boy can he blow a pipe! I highly recommend this unique and skilled player. His fingering is truly astonishing, able to produce both slow and steady rhythms as well as fast paced bonanzas! Looking for a piper to fulfil your needs? Look no further that than the mighty Macplayer.