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About Calum

Experienced and award winning Piper based in Aberdeen in the North-East of Scotland. Available in full military attire.
Bagpiper
Aberdeen
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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Pipe Major Calum Lawrie started piping at a very young age, under the tutelage of Mike Maitland (Robert Gordon College CCF Pipe Band), before commencing private tuition with Pipe Major Alex Elrick (ex-Bucksburn & District) and piobaireachd lessons with renowned expert James Hamilton. Calum also attended numerous courses at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. Alongside a successful stint with Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, Calum was also a founding member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPB), with key performances including: • NYPB Live at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (CD) • NYPB Launch Concert • Ortiguiera Festival with Carlos Nunez and the Chieftains • A sold-out concert (Attendance of 80,000) in Vigo alongside Bagad Breig (also shown on Live TV). Following this, Calum joined Grade 2 Buchan Pipe Band and enjoyed numerous victories, including at the Worlds, Europeans, British and Scottish Championships. In 2007, Calum helped to form the Ceilidh Peppers. The ceilidh / rock band successfully played at numerous public and private events across the North East before embarking on an even more successful international promotion to countries including Sweden, Ireland, Trinidad & Tobago and America. Celtic rock band Celtallica soon followed, with performances including The Wizard Festival (opening for names including Supergrass, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, Saw Doctors, Stranglers and The Charlatans). Through Encore, Calum has travelled to London to perform on multiple occasions at the renowned Burns Supper hosted at Plum & Spilt Milk (at Kings Cross) and supported Rod Stewart on his UK tour in 2019.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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Musicianship
Genres:
Folk
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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, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

• Traditional
Highland Wedding, Highland Laddie, Glasgow City Police Pipers, Scotland the Brave, Cock o' the North, Old Rustic Bridge, Highland Cathedral and much more...
• Modern
A Thousand Years (Cristina Perri), Thunderstruck (AC/DC), Blowin' Bubbles (West Ham football song), Wake Me Up (Avicii), All of Me (John Legend) and much more...
All requests happily received.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'd like to think I'm a friendly chap, always happy to pose for photographs (official pics and selfies all welcomed!). I can also offer use of my highland office broadsword for cake-cutting photos and I'm an award-winning piper, so can guarantee a great performance for your special event!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Intimate venues, large hotels, stadium performances, TV recordings, castles - the list goes on...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Traditional pipers and modern bands

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

Supporting Rod Stewart on his UK Tour in 2019, playing to a sold-out crowd.

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

We only ever take one booking per day, so if your timings change, no problem! We are always happy to be flexible.

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

N/A

How much time do you need to set up?

I arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the performance to tune my bagpipes ready to play.

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

Of course! I am always happy to take requests.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! Me and a set of pipes is usually all I need, but if you are booking me for a concert/outdoor gig I will need to discuss the PA/AV arrangements with you.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If I don't already know it, then I will add it to my repertoire just for you!

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£185
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£315
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I'll produce a unique music video with professional recording equipment. I can customise the video with a personal message and can accept tune requests.
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Add-ons

Drummer
+£100

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Karin F, 1 month ago

Calum played at our Mum's funeral, bringing dignity and beauty to the service. He is extremely helpful and goes out of his way to make sure he provides the service you want. His playing is faultless. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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Gemma P, 3 months ago

An exceptional musician who made a special event extra-special! Highly, highly recommended.

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Eve N, 3 years ago

He was professional, very accommodating, and play wonderfully to all of our requests as well as being a friendly face at the wedding. Couldn't recommend him enough!

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Www.calumlawriepiping.com, 4 years ago

We could not be happier with Calum's piping at our wedding. He was so helpful in the run up to the day and responded to our questions quickly. Would highly recommend Calum!

Mr B, 4 years ago

I would highly recommend Calum as a wedding piper. He piped at our recent wedding and was fantastic - he was very professional and communicative in the lead up to the wedding and everyone was very impressed with him on the day!

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