KJ Folk Music

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Looking for a bagpiper and a ceilidh all in one? With over 15 years' experience, I know how to add that extra special touch to your event.
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*Ceilidhs / Barn Dances *Bagpiper available for hire *Solo performances / Musical entertainment * Street organ for hire Bagpipes: I specialise in playing the great Highland bagpipes around Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Suffolk and beyond. I have appeared on the BBC News and radio many times over the years and known locally as The Fenland Piper. I have been playing the bagpipes since the age of 10, winning many bagpipe competitions and awards during this time. I pride myself on my excellent customer service to ensure that you are guaranteed to get exactly what you are looking for. I am an excellent choice for wedding celebrations, funerals, birthday parties, and any other special event you can think of... New Years' Eve and Burns' Night being extremely popular. Ceilidhs / Barn Dances: I have played the melodeon and saxophone for over 10 years now. I play with The Dennis Cuddles Starlight Band (DCSB), offering ceilidhs all over the Fens and beyond. The band has been alive for over 40 years, and we know how to put on a fun, jazz-infused traditional ceilidh. We play a lot of East Anglian and English tunes but add in a few Scottish and Irish folk tunes too. You can also book me separately as I work closely with a talented, energetic, and charismatic caller, Ollie Simons. For those of you unfamiliar with ceilidhs, this is the person that calls the dance moves. We are a great team and know how to get everyone up and dancing between us. This is an excellent choice for the smaller budget – sometimes a little makes a lot… in this case, we create a whole lot of fun between the two of us! Solo Performances / Musical entertainment: Although my speciality is playing the bagpipes and melodeon and saxophone at ceilidhs, I am often booked for other musical events. I have performed as festive background music for Christmas markets, playing the melodeon. I have played the saxophone at weddings. I am very versatile and very customer focused. If you know what you would like, please contact me and I will always endeavour to accommodate your request! Entertainment in pubs, playing a selection of folky tunes, is also a popular booking. I also co-own a little 21 note Trueman Street Organ called Vanessa. With over 50 music books, glockenspiel, and piccolo pipes, Vanessa the Street Organ is perfect to add joyous background music to any festive event, especially with her Christmas selection of books. If you would be interested in booking Vanessa the street organ, I can check her availability for you. She gets booked up fast!

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KJ's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Josh D
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Booked KJ for an awesome burns night at my pub. Have already booked in for next year!!

From other customers:

Mae M
6 months ago, for a Christmas party in Cambridge
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5 out of 5

Hey! It was great seeing you play at the Christmas Market. You are so talented and we will definitely be in touch in the New Year. We really enjoyed your music!

Katie F
6 months ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in Risby
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for making this process so easy for us 😊

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KJ's Song list

Bagpipes: Upbeat marches
Scotland the Brave
Rowan Tree
Blue Bonnets
Campbelltown Loch
Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battle's O'er
Mrs Lily Christie
John D Burgess
Cock of the North
Rose of Alendale
Battle of Waterloo
Old Rustic Bridge
Bagpipes Popular tunes for special moments (slower):
Flower of Scotland
Amazing Grace
Skye Boat Song
Highland Catherdral
The Dark Island
Minguley Boat Song
Bagpipes Popular tunes for special moments (faster):
Highland Laddie
Mairie's Wedding
Bagpipes Party Pieces:
Pumpkin's Fancy
Itchy fingers
Clumsy Lover
Lots more to be added onto here soon...

KJ's Prices

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)£225
Up to 1 hour£312.50
Up to 2 hours£425
Up to 3 hours£625
Folk, Christmas, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding proposal, Burns night, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Concert, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Fluent improviser
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