Gary Thomson

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Pipe Major with many years of experience offering a friendly, professional service for any event.

I am Piper Major Gary Thomson, an award winning Bagpiper from East Kilbride. I have many years of experience playing the Bagpipes offering a friendly, professional service personally suited to you for any event. Weddings Funerals Events Private Tuition I am currently the Pipe Major of Milngavie Pipe Band. This season the band has performed exceptionally well in major competitions under my leadership. Throughout my Bagpiping career I have won many competitions for both band and solo performances. Through my Private Tuition, I have transformed beginner and intermediate Bagpipe players of all ages into highly skilled Bagpipers. I have been vetted by the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. I can travel to any locations throughout the UK for your event.

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
Folk, Classical, Traditional Scottish 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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Fluent sight-reader, Theory teaching
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Song list

Popular Wedding Tunes:
Highland Cathedral
Mhairi’s Wedding
Flower of Scotland
Amazing Grace
Scotland the Brave
Rowan Tree
Old Rustic Bridge
Murdo’s Wedding
Muckin’ O’ Geordies Byre
Bonny Dundee
Cock o’ the North
Funeral Tunes:
Flowers of the Forest
The Dark Isle
My Home
Going Home
Skye Boat Song
Mist Covered Mountains
Never Walk Alone
May your Heart Still Go On
Unlawful Tunes on Unlawful Pipes
6/8 Marches:
Glenderaul Highlanders
Leaving Port Askaig
Angus MacKinnon
Donald McLeans Farewell to Lewis
Lily Christie
Rab’s Wedding
3/4 Marches:
Greenhills of Tyrol
The battle’s o’er
Colin’s Cattle
Castle Dangerous
Bloody Fields of Flanders
4/4 Marches:
Dawning of the Day
Fletcher from
Caber Feidh
Battle of Waterloo
9/8 Marches
Battle of the Somme
Bathgate Highland Games
12/8 Marches:
Ian Macmaster
Brigadier Snow
2/4 Marches:
Highland Wedding
Lord Alexander Kennedy
Hugh Kennedy
John MacDonald of Glencoe
Atholl and Breadlebane Gathering
Craig- n- Darroch
Drunken Piper
Susan MacLeod
Dora MacLeod
Atholl Cummers
Shepherd’s Crook
Ewe With the Crooked Horn
Cameroonian Rant
Maggie Cameron
Caber Feidh
Fiona MacLeod
Caber Feidh
Major Manson
MacAllisters Dirk
Thompsons Dirk
Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
John Morrison of Assynt House
Banjo Breakdown
Irish Washerwoman
Paddy Be Easy
Donald Cameron’s Powderhorn
Jig of Slurs
Glasgow City Police
Dirty Lough
The Fuddler
John Pattterson’s Mare
Man from Skye
Crossing the Minch
Beverley’s Wedding
Train Journey North
Tam Bain’s Lum
Stevie’s First Bar
Joanna’s Hornpipe
TheWalrus House of Edgar
Pumpkin Fancy
Customer questions

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

I try my best to be flexible as I know things often change on the day. If timings change just let me know and I’ll fit in with your requirements.

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


How much time do you need to set up?

Normally I take 10 minutes to set up.

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

Yes of course, the set list is an example of popular tunes I can play, I have many more, too many to list. Whatever piece of music you would like I will most likely be able to play.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring my own instrument.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can if the specific piece can be played on the bagpipes.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My high standard of performance, my full regalia of uniform and my friendly personality.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brig o’ Doon, Forter Castle, Dundonald Castle, Burns Cottage, Grand Central Hotel, Edinburgh Castle, Marr Hall, World Pipeband Championships and many more venues.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Iain MacFadyen and Kenny MacDonald, two of my piping tutors.

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

I played for the beginning of Britain’s Got Talent, filmed on October 2018 and aired on April or May 2019.


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£180
Up to 3 hours£200


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Lorraine W, 3 days ago

Fantastic service, the whole process was so easy from booking right through to the day. Thank you Gary for doing a fantastic job piping us through all the milestones of the day everything was perfect

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Steve B, 6 days ago

Gary was absolutely 100% perfect, he’s playing of the pipes is second to none, the communication from the outset was so relaxing and smooth, he’s timing on arrival was to the minute and he looked perfect. The venue was an awkward one but he strode through it with ease, every guest at the party commented on he’s quality of pipe playing, If your looking for a piper this is your Man, Thanks Gary once again.

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Nicole D, 2 months ago

Had Gary for our wedding and all the guests loved him. Had him pipe myself down the aisle and he done an amazing job.

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Tania B, 3 months ago

My guests thought he was amazing myself and Gary was so happy thank you again

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Anne M, 1 year ago

We at Ayr Burns Club are again indebted to you for being with us yet again to enhance our tribute to Robert Burns . Gary your music is so lovely and everyone enjoys our ceremonies as you lift them with such warmth and spirit, simply because it comes from your heart. From our hearts we thank you, Kathleen, Robbie, Anne, and the members of Ayr Burns Club.

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Gillian P, 1 year ago

It has been my pleasure to hear Mr Thomson play his bagpipes at different occasions for both friends and colleagues. Mr Thomson piped a friend into her wedding at Brig o' Doon House Hotel creating a wonderful atmosphere for her very special day. Mr Thomson also piped the Primary 7 children around the school where I work as an ASN Primary Teacher on their last day of primary school, which evoked different feelings and emotions ranging from excitement at starting a new chapter in their young lives to sadness at leaving their primary years and memories behind. Mr Thomson is a wonderfully accomplished piper who takes pride in his profession which is reflected in his playing by creating the appropriate atmosphere for which ever occasion he is playing at. Regards Mrs G Peden

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