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About Colin

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.

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
My equipment is PAT tested
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4th Encoreversary
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Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Military, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Ceillidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Marching, Covers, Scottish music, World 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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Song list

The Kiss (Last of the Mohicans)
How Long will I Love you?
Can you feel the Love Tonight?
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Amazing Grace
Flowers of the Forest
I will go home to Kintail
Freedom Come All Ye
Skye Boat Song
The Fourth Floor
The Gathering
Ian Green of Greentrax
Shepherds Crook (Jig)
The Seagull
The Conundrum
Highland Whisky
Scotland the Brave
Rowan Tree
Maries Wedding
Green Hills of Tyrol
Battles Oer
Campbelltown Loch I wish you were Whisky
Bette Sutherland
Farewell to the Creeks
Dr Ross
Leaving Port Askaig
Smeceno Horo
John Morrison of Assynt House
Lachlan McPhail of Tiree
Gabriels Hornpipe
The Goldfinch
Itchy Fingers
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


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)£120
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£250


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Heather S, 1 year ago

Brilliant all round. Colin really made my dad's funeral. He is a true professional. Can highly recommend and will use again for wedding which is up and coming xx

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, 2 years ago

Absolutey superb! Colin made my day so special. So talented! He even came all the way over to turkey just to play at my wedding. Thank you so so much. highly recommend

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Gary H, 4 years ago

I was really happy with Colin he done a great job my dad would of been proud.so thank you Colin 👌🏼

From other customers:

Sue S, 2028 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, 2026 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.