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Bonnet & Bearskin

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About Bonnet & Bearskin

Previously performed at prestigious events for HM Queen, BBC's Jools Holland Hootenanny Show, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Basel Tattoo
Bagpiper
Bolton

We are a father & son piper & drummer, who pride ourselves on providing a smart, reliable unique service. We have both been honoured to have previously been invited to perform with the 1st Bn Scots Guards Pipes & Drums at various high profile prestigious events including: - Playing for HM Queen during Royal Week in Edinburgh, when the Scots Guards were mounting the Royal Guard (2019) - Playing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2008 & 2018) - Playing on Jools Holland's Hootenanny Show (2018 & 2019) - Playing on the Household Division Beating Retreat (2016) We both pride ourselves on our immaculate presentation, and always conduct ourselves with military discipline and bearing, ensuring that every event is given the same diligent attention to detail Having performed with such an esteemed Regiment in front of HM Queen, you can be assured that we will not disappoint at your event - bearing in mind that my son was still only 14yrs old when he played in front of HM Queen, and a year younger when he performed every night at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, just demonstrates his sheer professionalism and maturity As a serving army reservist myself, with my son also being a Royal Marine cadet, we feel that we can offer a more military disciplined service to any corporate or private event, regardless of grandeur Being members of the Scots Guards Association Pipes & Drums, we feel that we are always representing the Regiment when performing in public, so conduct ourselves accordingly, and always turn out in Scots Guards full dress uniform Our previous clients tend to agree that our unique presentation brings far more gravitas to any event - as opposed to the usual piper turning up wearing day wear (jacket and waistcoat) - plus, we can usually provide 2 musicians for the price of 1!!! (school days permitting of course) I've been piping for 34 years now and my son has been pipe band drumming for 4yrs, although he's played a drum kit for 7yrs At 15yrs old, he's reached the top level Grade 8 in kit drumming, and also achieved a 4th place, in his category, at the World Solo Drumming Championships on the pipe band snare drum.

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:
Scottish music, Military, Marching, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Christmas
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, New Year's Eve, Burns night, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Church service, Wedding proposal
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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Judging by feedback, our clients tend to appreciate that our presentation is always immaculate, with military discipline and bearing, and that we always perform in Scots Guards full dress uniform. They also like the fact that we are a father and son team, who thoroughly enjoy performing together - plus you usually get 2 musicians for the price of 1!!!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2008 & 2018) BBC's Jools Holland's Hootenanny Show (2018 & 2019) Basel Tattoo, Switzerland (2017) Horse Guards Parade, London Home Office headquarters, London Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire Peckforton Castle, Cheshire The Royal Cheshire County Show Stoke Military Tattoo

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

1st Bn Scots Guards Pipes & Drums

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

Playing with the 1st Bn Scots Guards Pipes & Drums, for HM Queen, during Royal Week in Edinburgh (June 2019)

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible - if timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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

No

How much time do you need to set up?

We aim to arrive at least an hour before an event, to allow for a final tuneup and to get changed into uniform, if travelling a distance - obviously, just in case you have booked us as a complete surprise for the event, we will always be discreet and remain unseen to guests beforehand

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

We are always happy to advise on tune selection for an event or, if you have specific tunes already in mind, will endeavour to learn them, time permitting, if not already within our repertoire (please note though that the bagpipe scale is somewhat limited, so we can't always promise to play certain 'non-traditional' tunes if they won't transpose melodically)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we are entirely self-sufficient!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

We will endeavour to learn any specific tunes, time permitting, if not already within our repertoire (please note though that the bagpipe scale is somewhat limited, so we can't always promise to play certain 'non-traditional' tunes if they won't transpose melodically)

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300

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Sir M, 1 year ago

Dave, Just a quick note to say you did a fantastic job at yesterday's ceremony, and I have received a lot of compliments from guests praising your performance. Everyone raving about the event and you made it a great day. I will certainly be in touch in the future, and attached are a couple of snaps for you. Kind Regards, John Harvey Senior Office Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

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Stephen P, 1 year ago

David, Mum has asked that I pass on the following in relation to your contribution to my Dads funeral: ' I am very sorry I did not get to see you to say a very big THANK YOU for the music that you played at my husbands funeral on the 5th September at Cottingley Crematorium. I did see you walk slowly away playing as you left - thank you for that it was a lovely way to finish. Since the service people have contacted me to say how spectacular you looked and the pipes and music excelled anything we could have imagined. Thank you so very much for helping us to achieve my husbands wishes. I regret not having spoken to you on the day, please accept my apologies - I was in a world of my own. Regards Carole Pottage.'

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