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I am a professional bagpiper based in Sheffield, Yorkshire. I have over 20 years experience playing at 1000's of events.
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Coming from a Scottish family (on my mother’s side!) and being brought up with Scottish music and holidays in Scotland I always loved the bagpipes as a child. Nobody in the family played and I was encouraged to learn them at the age of ten. It was seeing a bagpiper player at our hotel in Aberfeldy whilst on holiday that did it. My mother saw how interested I was and in no time bought me a practice chanter and asked her friend Alec Maclean (ex Pipe Major of The Seaforth Highlands and Nottingham Police Pipe Band) to teach me. Within a year I was playing with the Seaforth Higlanders in Mansfield and eventually I went on to compete in Grade 4 with Ashbourne Pipes and Drums at competitions all over England and Scotland. I played the bagpipes for many years with Ashbourne and eventually took a break from the pipe band world and went on to promote myself as a solo bagpipe player. I’ve since played at 1000’s of weddings, parties, corporate dinners, Burns Nights, Hogmanays and funerals, etc. I have appeared playing the bagpipes on TV in ITV’s ‘The Dales’ and ‘The Lakes’ for weddings featured on the shows. I have also appeared in newspapers such as The Sheffield Star, The Derby Telegraph, and The Yorkshire Telegraph. I have been interviewed on Radio Sheffield several times and most recently Sheffield Live. I have played at weddings internationally including Lake Bled, Slovenia and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Major events I’ve played at include the IIFA (Bollywood) Awards at Sheffield Arena where I played on stage in front of 12,500 people. I’ve piped at various football games including Derby vs Hearts and Derby vs Crystal Palace. I featured in a promotional video for the Rugby League’s Magic Weekend. I played Flower of Scotland for Neil Abel on the icerink before his Sheffield Scimitar’s testimonial match. For three years running I piped amateur karate competitors into the awards ceremony at the AMA International Karate Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. I have also played at several bike races including the 2013 Hit The North Bike Race in Whitefield, Manchester. Most recently I had the honour of leading the Hull Kingston Rovers onto the pitch in tribute to the late Frank Milward. I also piped at the National Railway Museum in York as part of the fund raising events for the renovation of the Flying Scotsman. Once the project was completed I was asked back to play at the Launch events. I offer a first class professional piping service and my testimonials reflect this. Thus clients use my services time and time again and I get no end of bookings through word of mouth. I’ve been the official New Years Eve bagpipe player at The Thorpe Park Hotel in Leeds, and Napoleon’s Casino in Hillsborough, Sheffield and I’m booked by the Loch Fyne Restaurant in Sheffield every year for Burns Night as well as Loxley Park Residential Home in Sheffield and Valley Lodge in Matlock. I am also the first choice bagpipe player for a large number of funeral directors in Sheffield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.

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
Folk, Military, Scottish music
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Flower of Scotland
Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral
Abide With Me
Happy Birthday
Black Bear
Highland Laddie
Scotland The Brave
The Rowan Tree
Green Hills of Tyrol
Battles Are Over
Loch Lomond
Bonnie Galloway
The Athol Highlanders
Cock O The North
Auld Lang Syne
Happy Birthday
Hector The Hero
Flowers of The Forest
Danny Boy
The Dark Island
My Home
Skye Boat Song
Highland Wedding
I'm happy to take requests. My repertoire consists of 100's of marches, strathspeys, slow airs jigs and hornpipes, etc.


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£165
Up to 2 hours£185
Up to 3 hours£200


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Jaclyn G, 1 year ago

Very professional and looked the part too.

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Judith M, 1 year ago

Excellent in all ways. Ed is a wonderful player and he was very good with my 98 year-old Dad ( who was over-the-moon upon hearing his favourite Scottish tunes. He also empathised really well with all the residents in the home. Huge thanks Ed, you are a star! Judith Marriott

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Hannah H, 2 years ago

Pulling up in my wedding car to the sound of Ed's bagpipes was amazing- he created a wonderful atmosphere with his music at at our wedding and really looked the part in his highland outfit- great for photographs. Ed came on with us to our next venue and played some extra music despite being pushed for time which was much appreciated. Many thanks Ed- your professionalism, punctuality and most of all pipe playing helped our wedding to go without a hitch and to be incredibly memorable.

From other customers:

Karen H, 4 years ago

Thank you for such a fantastic night last night you really made it very special for my family to celebrate my mums birthday and I truly thank you for that. Kind regards Karen

Steve G, 5 years ago

Good morning Ed, Just a wee note to Thank you for the amazing playing of the bagpipes at our wedding. It really did add that extra special feeling, not only to Lyn and I, but to the whole wedding party, everyone of them commented how professional every aspect of your gig was outstanding.

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