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About David Carril

Experienced bagpiper in London expert on Scottish bagpipes, Spanish bagpipes and Irish whistles. Traditional clothes available
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Being born in a Celtic Spanish nation as Galicia made me learn to play Galician bagpipes when a child. When started the university, studying computing systems, I realized that my passion was music and started to combine my university studies with traditional music studies, attending lessons from the best teachers of the area, improving techniques and learning percussion (tambourine) as well. When moved to the UK,11 years ago, soon got a job performing in a Galician restaurant (Centro Galego, NW10 5NG) and started to get jobs in Galician events (weddings, funerals, etc) while I was studying Irish traditional music (Irish whistles) in the Hammersmith Irish Centre and meeting experienced musicians in Irish and Scottish sessions. Three years ago I decided to focus my laboral life only in music, having the chance to get a Scottish bagpipe and learn the different fingering of this new instrument. This gave me the chance to get many gigs as a Scottish bagpiper, participating in different events, traditional Scottish celebrations, political and social events, etc. I also have experience in zaffas (Arabic weddings) I also been involved in promoting Galician music in London, getting involved with top bands and performing with them.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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Traditional Scottish folk, Christmas, Military, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Irish rock, Folk rock, Experimental, Marching, Covers
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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, Burns night, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Music therapy, Musicologist
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Song list

The following are just a few. Can learn any required tune or song
Scotland the Brave
Flower of Scotland
Duncan Johnstone
Lieutenant McGuire
Attholl Highlander
Steam Train to Maillag
Flowers of the forest
Highland Cathedral
Highland laddie
The black bear
Itchy fingers
The banjo breakdown
Scottish march
Auld Lang Syne
The clumsy lover
Rip the Calico
Frances Morton's
The lark in the morning
Si beagh si mor
John Ryan's polka
Shoe the donkey
Kiss the maid behind the barrell
The glass of beer
The silver spear
Cooley's reel
Morrison's jig
The Irish washerwoman
The Kesh jig
Kid on the mountain
The Blarney pilgrims
Toss the feathers
The Munster cloak
Mary's wedding
Good bye Muirsheen Durkin
Dicey Riley
The Spanish Lady
The leaving of Liverpool
Whiskey in the jar
Mountain road
Fields of Athenry
Dirty Old Town
Black Velvet Band
The wild rover
The Irish rover
In the rare old times
Molly Malone
Oro se do bheatha bhaile
The foggy dew
Red is the rose
The mason's apron
I'll tell me ma
She moved through the fair
Gleantain glas gaoth dobhair
Muineira de Chantada
Muineira de Lugo
Muineira de Ourense
Muineira do Areal
Muineira de Cabana
Muineira de Chao
Buxos verdes
Xota da Maía
Polca de Vilagarcía
Pasacorredoiras de Arnoia
Golpe de Mondariz
Alalá de Muxía
Alalá das Marinas
Xota pa Neta
Xota de Pontevedra
Xota para Ourense
A Carrasqueira
A Farruquina
Pasodobre de Viascon
Pasodobre do Berbés
Pasodobre dos Cabezudos
Pasodobre galego
A Carolina
Muineira de Berdoias
Muineira de Leiloio
Muiñeira de Canduas
O molete
A volta da feira
Aires de Pontevedra
Mazurca dos Campaneiros
O pasar por Camarinas
A rianxeira
Na fonte de Falperra
Rumba dos cinco marineiros
Rumba de Malpica
Rumba galega
Pasodobre de Pastoriza
A aturuxeira
O preguiceiro
Xota de Paradela
O son do Ar
Muineira vella de Mordomo
Muineira da Costa
Muineira de Farruco
Muineira de Valdeferreiros
Muineira de Patelas
Xota de Elvina
Catro vellos mariñeiros
O caneco
O galo
O merlo
Foliada de Tenorio
Foliada de Berducido
Foliada de Pradenta
Foliada de Carramales
Entre o millo
Muineira de Malpica
Muineira de Vilanova
Muineira de Poio
Xota de Santiago
O sacristán de Coimbra
Carmiña Carmela
Caravelino colorado
Axeitame a polainina
Amazing Grace
Music for a found harmonium
St Anne's reel
Country road
Tarantella napolitana
Bella Chao
La Sonsonette
La fougere
La cucaracha
Birthday song
Danza del oso
An dro
Moonlight shadow
Man in the rain
1000 miles
The final countdown
Titanic BSO
The last of the Mohicans BSO
Chariots of fire BSO
The Mission BSO
Mendelssohn's Nuptial March
Wagner's Nuptial March
Bella Chao
Grandola Vila Morena
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have a lot of practice and can play very fast, making performances very happy and joyful. And my huge repertoire in Celtic music makes me able to surprise customers when they request tunes

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Centro Galego Escocesa Bar Esteban La Bodega restaurant Davy's Plantation Place Rich Mix Cecil Sharp House Instituto Cervantes

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Gordon Duncan Paddy Molinete Matt Molloy Luke Kelly Bieito Romero Carlos Nuñez Xabier Diaz

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

Playing with Luar na Lubre, a historical Galician top folk band at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch

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

I adapt easily to your changes

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

I can do it with no extra charge

How much time do you need to set up?

I need to tune bagpipes, it can take up to 15 minutes

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

I am very happy to talk about that

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, normally but I can't promise you for sure depending on the song you choose


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£100
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
Celtic trio
Two hours of live Celtic music with hired musicians to your taste. Scottish? Northern Spanish? Irish?
Flamenco trio
Two hours of live flamenco music (with 20 minutes of break). Duration can be modified to adapt to the customer suggestions




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Jeanette J, 23 days ago

David was an excellent addition to the video shoot. Professional, friend and very personable. His enthusiasm was top! Highly recommend and would certainly use again

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Nish H, 1 month ago

David was professional and so friendly. He contacted me straight away and we straightened out the details for the day. Thanks you so much. Would defo recommend and use again ;-)

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Gumersindo S, 1 year ago

I was intimidated given the prospect to find a bagpiper for our wedding, it did not come across as an easy task. I happened to see David being invited on stage by chance in a concert of a renowned overseas folk band I grew up with on tour in Shoreditch one evening. Relieve to see a bagpiper I like living in London I approached him on Facebook determined that he played at our wedding. He was a pleasure to work with. Responsive and very good at dealing with planning the details on the day over email. He was receptive to accommodate both my taste and the taste of my husband, lest versed in folk. He was thoroughly knowledgeable of the repertoire I had in mind and pointed out very suitable suggestions that had not crossed my mind. He was extremely reliable and professional on the day, arriving on time despite a difficult to find venue in Buckinghamshire, and making light of the rehearsal, religious ceremony and reception. He was very good at helping us get over the nerves and make us feel at ease and put a smile on our faces. He contributed to making the day extremely enjoyable.

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David R, 1 year ago

We had david playing the pipers in our entrance to the venue as a married couple he made it really special and made the guests go wild with the performance. It was a surprise for everyone. David is really professional and looked after every single detail to make everything perfect If I do another future event he will be on the list to come over Thanks david Mr&Mrs Rodriguez

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