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About John

John is a bagpiper, based in Cardiff, with over 40 years experience. He is currently a full time piper and bagpipe teacher.
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Over 40 years of piping experience. Currently a member of the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band. Previously a member on University of Bedfordshire Pipe Band and the Welsh Piping Society. John has many high profile clients including the Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Devils and the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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Folk, Pop, Rock, Christmas, Military, Traditional church music, Ceillidh, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Marching, World music, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial 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

Amazing Grace
Flower of Scotland
Scotland the Brave
Game of Thrones
Danny Boy
Atholl Highlanders
Glasgow Police Pipers
Calon Lan
Welsh, Irish and English national anthems
500 miles
Auld Lang Syne
Irish Washerwoman
Paddy's leather breeches
Jig of Slurs
Loch Lomond
Men of Harlech
Hey Jude
Itchy fingers
Clumsey lover
Danny's new chanter
Clocks (Cold Play)
I'm a Believer (Monkees)
Wooden Heart
Fields of Athenry
Banjo Breakdown
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Customer questions

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

I will always endeavour to be flexible.

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

Not at the moment sorry.

How much time do you need to set up?

15 minutes is adequate as I will "tune up" at home prior to travelling to the event.

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

Yes, absolutely. I'm also able to advice on what tunes work best for different types of events.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If the tune is not in my song list and it fits on bagpipes then I can normally learn the tune with a bit of notice.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My ability to select sets to fit the occasion.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Red Square, Moscow Arena Birmingham Horse Guards Parade, London Cardiff Arms Park, Rugby Cardiff Devil's, Ice Hockey The Tram Shed, Cardiff The Winter Palace, St Petersburg The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Concert halls and arenas throughout Germany

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Red Hot Chilli Pipers Gordan Duncan

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

International Military Tattoo, Red Square, Moscow - every year since 2016


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)£170
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300


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Kirsty M, 10 months ago

John played at my Papas funeral. He was polite, professional and respecful. He did a lovely job and all of my family felt it gave my Papa a special send of that he deserves. I deffently recomend him.

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Steve O, 2 years ago

We used John for my wife's late mother's funeral, he is very professional and a magical touch to what is always a very sad occasion, but to hear John play the pipes kinda makes things a little easier , we would definitely recommend John for any occasion you require him for, he can learn to play any song you require, very professional and punctual. thank you so much John very much appreciated. Steve, Heidi and Erra

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Mark B, 2 years ago

John played at our Greedy Boys Festive lunch on the 7th December 2018 in the Cardiff County Club. He piped in the main course and then played a lament to absent members which was hugely enjoyed and appreciated by all present. John has by popular request been asked to become a permanent fixture at future events. His professionalism, experience and authenticity were the subject of very positive feedback from all present.

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