Julie Brinklow

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Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire's leading piper hire service. Multi-Award winning for providing top Pipers & Drummers with great service
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Hi, I'm Julie, the proprietor of Thistle Piping. I have been self employed since 1999 and won several awards for my wedding services. I have a few loves in life which are music, the outdoors and whisky.... although I ration the latter for obvious reasons! Im the Pipe Major of a grade 2 band in Aberdeen and we actively compete at all major championships in the UK. In 2022 I was appointed as the official piper to the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and I was presented with a City Crest Pipe Banner and arm badges with the Aberdeen City Crest - a proud moment. I have piped for Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions over the years and also more recently I welcomed King Charles III to Aberdeen on his first visit to the city after his ascension to the throne. I teach the bagpipes and have several strands to this in the form of being the Visiting Tutor for Bagpipes at the University of Aberdeen, A Visiting Tutor for Bagpipes at Robert Gordons College and I also have my own private pupils who are under the tutelage of my own process and book developed over many years of piping and tutoring. In 2023 I plan to launch my own book of pipe tunes which will feature many of my own compositions as well as the compositions of other local pipers who I have known in our community for many years. When I'm not piping or sampling a fancy whisky, I love to be out on my road bike and enjoy planning a 40 mile route in the countryside entirely under my own pedal power. I am also a cat lover and have a wee furry friend who I recently adopted after he was abandoned in the area. He's known as JoJo but I really should have named him after a wee whisky on hindsight! I hope you've enjoyed hearing a wee bit about me. Please get in touch if you are interested in hearing a bit more about booking me. Julie

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Julie Brinklow's Reviews

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Jen M
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Norwood Hall
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5 out of 5

A massive thank you to Julie for making our day so special !! Everyone thought you were absolutely fantastic ! Julie was even happy to take requests and the guests thoroughly enjoyed every second of it ! I would highly highly recommend Thistle Piping for their wedding !

Leanne M
1 year ago, for a Wedding in N Deeside Rd
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for being part of our day and making it so special. Everyone loved the different entrance for my bridesmen and bridesmaid. We had the best day ever!

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Julie Brinklow's Song list

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Slow pieces / Laments
Highland Cathedral - Pipes & Drum
Highland Cathedral - Smallpipes
Song for the Smallpipes - Smallpipes & Guitar
Flower of Scotland
Amazing Grace - Smallpipes
Dark Island
My Home
Going Home
The Mist Covered Mountains
The Flower of the Forest (the farewell lament)
The Wedding March (here comes the bride)
Abide with me (hymn)
One more Step along the World I go (hymn)
Hector the Hero
Come by the Hills - Smallpipes & Guitar
Skye Boat Song
Auld Lang Syne
Waltz - The Ass in the Graveyard
2/4 Marches
Highland Laddie
The Barron Rocks of Aden
The Black Bear
The Brown Haired Maiden
Mharie's Wedding
Jenny's Bawbee
Highland Wedding
3/4 Marches
The Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battle's O'er
Castle Dangerous
Killworth Hills
Land of my Youth / I see Mull
4/4 marches
Scotland the Brave
Flett from Flotta
The Battle of Killiecrankie
The Rose of Allandale
Galloway Hills
Rowan Tree
Bonnie Galloway
Lord Lovat's Lament
We're no awa' to bide awa'
Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
6/8 marches
The Cock of the North
Farewell to the Creeks
Leaving Port Askaig
The Mucking of Geordies Byre
Bonnie Dundee
The 10th HLI Crossing the Rhine
Atholl Highlanders
Glendaurel Highlanders
9/8 marches
The Battle of the Somme
Festival March
Heather Grant
The Heights of Dargai
The Banjo Breakdown
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Kenny Gillies of Portnalong
Crossing the Minch
The Train Journey North
Itchy Fingers
Louden's Bonnie Woods n Braes
Devil in the Kitchen
Susan McLeod
Lachlan McPhail of Tiree
The Sound of Sleat
Mrs Macleod of Rassay
High Road to Linton
Piper of Drummond
Lexy McAskill
Modern Choices
Can you feel the Love Tonight
Braveheart Theme (adaptation)
Braveheart - Outlawed Tunes on Outlawed Pipes
The Rose
500 Miles
Chasing Cars
Wake me Up
The Voice
Mull of Kintyre
Loch Lomond
Danny Boy

Julie Brinklow's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£130
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£375
Drinks reception
Intermitten bagpipe music in the afternoon covering no more than a 2 hour window "cocktail hour". (after the ceremony but before dinner)
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - Intermittent performances at the drinks reception. - Piping the top table guests and then the couple into the wedding breakfast .
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Customer feedback would say a combination between entertaining the guests in a fun way and also that the quality of the performances is what "good pipes" should sound like! ( I definitely don't want to sound like a poor piper - they are out there! - beware!)

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I regularly perform at all of the major Hotels, castles and venues in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. I am well known in the area.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

This is impossible to answer as a bagpipe player. I listen to all sorts of music like ceilidh music, country music, popular music, pipe band music! I am influenced by good technique and progressive key changes!

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

I recently piped for King Charles III on his first visit to Aberdeen City after his ascension to the throne. This had a lot of media interest. The largest crowd I have piped for was probably "The Script" on tour and I performed on stage with them for one of their tracks. It was absolutely fantastic with thousands of fans in very close proximity.

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

So long as your booking doesn't change dramatically then this can be adjusted as plans take shape. We expect adjustments along the way, just let me know.

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

I can pull a play list together if required and have equipment to do this if it's needed.

How much time do you need to set up?

Not long at all! I usually arrive 20/30 mins before I need to start playing which is plenty time. If it's a new venue then I will go along a bit earlier.

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

Yes, I am happy to take requests where possible

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I take everything that I need.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn requested pieces before an event so long as the piece is playable on the bagpipes. Not all tunes work so it would depend on the request itself. Happy to try though.
Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music, Ambient, Ceilidh, Marching
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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