Colin Sutherland

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Colin is a superb bagpipe player with a huge repertoire of memorised tunes
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Colin was born in Glasgow, and moved to the North of England a number of years ago. He has been playing the pipes for over twenty five years in various bands, as a solo artist, and also as a session musician. His music has taken him all over the world, to places such as Israel, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, to name a few. He has won several trophies and awards over the years, and played at some big venues around Europe. In the North of England, he has performed at the Sage Gateshead, St James's Park, Alnwick Castle, Hexham Queen's Hall, Sunderland Empire Theatre and Whitley Bay Playhouse. Colin has played at many weddings and celebrations, and has a wide repertoire of tunes. He is always willing to take on any new tune, and luckily for him, he can 'play by ear', so no tune is out of the question. He takes pride in his music, and will go out of his way to make your special day even more magical and atmospheric. Whether it be playing as guests arrive/emerge or playing smallpipes during the signing of the register.

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Military, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Ceillidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Marching, Covers, Scottish music, World 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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Colin's Song list

Ae Fond Kiss
AA Camerons
Amazing Grace
Arniston Castle
Bells of Dunblane
Bluebells of Scotland
Hallelujah (Cohen)
Highland Whisky
Borders of Salt (Breton)
Miss Drummond of Perth
By the Waters Edge (Breton)
Molly Connell
Dark Island, The
Orange and Blue
Flower of Scotland
The De'ils in the Kitchen
Flowers of the Forest
Seonaidhs Tune
Going home (Dvořáks New World)
Smith's A Gallant Fireman
Hasten and Come with Me
Highland Cathedral
Reels and hornpipes:
I will return to Kintail
The Rose
A cup o Tea
She moved thru the fair
Black bear
Skye Boat Song
Calum Campbells Caprice
Wild Rover, The
Capt Lachlan McPhail of
Fourth Floor
A Border Ballad
Gabriels/ Angel of the Midlands
Sleeping Tune
Gravel Walk
Ian Green of Greentrax
Kelseys Wee Reel
Masons Apron
Miss Girdle
79ths farewell to Gibraltar
Piper of Drummond
A mans a man for a that
Thomsons Dirk
Angus McKinnon
The Ale is Dear
Arthur Bignold of Loch Rosque
Mrs Macleod of Raasay
At Long Last
Atholl Highlanders
Auld Lang Syne
Battle of the Somme
Banjo Breakdown
Battles o'er
Banks of the Allan
Blaydon Races
Donald Willie and his dog
Bloody Fields of Flanders, The (Freedom come all ye)
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Bonnie Dundee
Gold Ring
Jig o Slurs
Castle Dangerous
Kesh Jig
Cock o the North
Quayside Jig
Donald Maclean of Lewis
Rocking the Baby
Dr Ross's Farewell to 540th AG
The Seagull
Farewell to the creeks
Quayside Jig
Gabriels Hornpipe
Snug in the Blanket
Flett from Flotta
The Duck
Green Hills of Tyrol
Out of the Air
Greenlands (Breton)
The Gathering
The Shepherds Crook (jig)
Highland Laddie
Highland Wedding
June Beavers
Call to the dance (Breton)
Keep your feet still Geordie Hinny
When the Boat Comes in
Lord Lovats Lament
Mairis Wedding
The Kiss (Last of the Mohicans)
Minstrel Boy
Going Home (Theme to Local Hero)
Mrs Bette Sutherland
Pikemans March
Battle of Waterloo
Rowan Tree
Scotland the Brave
Shoals of Herring
Swinging Safari
Wooden Heart
Macleod of Mull
Highland Brigade at Tel Al Kebir
Leaving Port Askaig
Glendaural Highlanders
Caber feidh
Here Comes the Sun
We are the Champions
How Long Will I Love You
Oulawed Tunes (Braveheart)
Hymn to the Sea
Customer questions

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

Let me know and I should be able to accommodate you

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


How much time do you need to set up?

5 minutes

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

Yes certainly. Happy to discuss repertoire

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I have done previously so can do that

Colin's Prices

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

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£130
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£280
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4.9 out of 5
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Colin's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Rob H
27 days ago
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4.8 out of 5

Colin fulfilled the piper role perfectly. my guests thoroughly enjoyed the performance

Stuart H
29 days ago
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5 out of 5

Colin was a pleasure to work with. His playing was excellent and even went above and beyond with a great recitation of the address to the haggis. I can't recommend Colin highly enough and will certainly use him again in the future!! Awesome work Colin, Kudos!!

Reply from Colin
27 days ago

Really appreciate your glowing review, Stuart! It was a great night and a pleasure

Susan I
1 month ago
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3.8 out of 5

Done about 30 - 45 seconds of each song I asked for so left about 15 mins early. Felt as if he done the minimum

Reply from Colin
1 month ago

I’m sorry you feel that way. I would have been more than happy to stay on, hadn’t realised that there was an issue. If I can do anything to make for the shirtfall just let me know.

Anna M
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Colin was the perfect bagpiper for our wedding day! Full communication through out and a pleasure to work with x

Reply from Colin
1 month ago

Anna, thank you for the glowing review. It was a pleasure providing the music and so glad you enjoyed it

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From other customers:

Sue S
2031 years ago

Wedding - 'I was very impressed with Colin's calm handling of the situation and his timing in beginning to play just as they appeared at the church door. Michelle and Andy were surprised and pleased with Colin's piping and as I said earlier it really made their day and it was so special for me to be able to make such an unusual gift to them on their big day. The playing at the church and at the reception was exceptional but the 'piping in' as they came into the wedding breakfast was amazing!... thank you again for taking a late booking and for giving such great service, if anyone is looking for a 'piper' when they book a wedding with me I would be very happy to recommend you!'

Thanks C
2029 years ago

Wedding - 'Hi Colin, I just wanted to pass these pics on to you and thank you for your brilliant performance on our amazing wedding day! You really did enhance our day, everybody thought you were great.