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Mybagpiper Kenneth McBride

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Prestonpans
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Mybagpiper is a Full Time Professional offering Bagpiping Services for any Event. Guaranteed Quality and Reliability.

My name is Kenneth McBride and I started MyBagpiper in order to provide high quality, reliable and professional performers for weddings, funerals and events. I have over 45 years experience playing the bagpipes as both a soloist and in pipe bands at Grade 1 level. The bands I have been a member of include Monktonhall Colliery, Prestonpans Royal British Legion, Scottish Gas Caledonia, Lothian and Borders Police and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia. During my 23 years with Lothian and Borders Police I served as both Pipe Sergeant and Pipe Major for a number of years. I also served as Secretary which meant dealing with the day to day running of the band such as organising events, uniforms, travel and accommodation services for all the band. Throughout my time I have played at an innumerable number of weddings, Burns Supper, funerals, corporate and high profile engagements including – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh and Australia, The Pope’s Christmas concert in the Vatican, Moulin Rouge in Paris, numerous tattoos in Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, USA, Canada, Australia and Scottish/Music festivals in Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Sardinia and Belgium. I am the resident piper for the MacDonald Marine Hotel and Scottish Evening Show at the Royal Scots Club. Myself and three of my colleagues also perform as part of a Scottish Show on board some of the cruise ships. I regularly play for the Royal Company of Archers and during these performances have performed for Royalty including HM Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. I am currently a member of the Piper’s Trail Pipe Band which performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2017 and 2018), Düsseldorf Military Tattoo (2017 & 2018) and British open day in Prague (2018) Lastly I am a member of the Eagle Pipers Society which meets every 2nd Tuesday in the Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh, so if you want a chat or hear me play contact me and I’ll arrange a time and date. Hope to hear from you soon.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Marching, Military, Ceilidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music
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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, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Perfect pitch, Arranger, Instrumental teaching, Repetiteur, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Any bagpipe tunes plus modern/contemporary tunes which are capable of being played on the bagpipes. Special requests are welcome.
Popular tunes include
Weddings -
Highland Cathedral,
Can you see the love tonight,
The Rose,
Mhari’s Wedding,
Braveheart,
Love of a Princess,
Scotland the Brave,
Caledonia,
Tiree Bridal Song etc
Events -
quick marches, hornpipes, reels and jigs etc.
Burns Supper -
A man’s a man for a’ that,
My love she’s but a lassie yet,
ye banks and braces,
Auld Lang syne,
Corn Riggs etc.
Funeral -
Flowers of the Forest,
Dark Isle,
Over the see to Skye,
Sleeping Tune etc.
Customer questions

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

I am always flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change in the run up to the event just let me know. I’ll call 1 week to finalise times etc but if they do change on the day of the event I will oblige and adjust the timings.

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

Not required.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive 30 minutes before the start time just to do a quick recce of the venue. I only need 2 minutes to ensure the bagpipes are in perfect tune.

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

I can play hundreds of tunes which include all the usual and well known traditional and contemporary tunes. I will be able to play any tunes as long as it is compatible with the bagpipes. I am always happy to discuss what is required to ensure you have a fantastic event and if needed can advise of specific tunes and sets.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own bagpipes which are silver mounted.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I will be able to play any tune as long as it is compatible with the bagpipes. If I have to learn any special tune I am happy to do this at no extra cost.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Choice of uniform - Full Highland uniform with feather bonnet or kilt, jacket and shirt and tie. Choice of tunes. Flexibility, reliability and quality.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo, Moulin Rouge, Roman Baths, Hundreds more, too numerous to mention.

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

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Moulin Rouge.

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£165
Up to 2 hours£175
Up to 3 hours£200
Packages
Funeral
Playing as mourners enter the service, Arrival of the hearse and playing to resting place, Lowering of the coffin.
£130
Wedding ceremony
Pipe for - groom and guests arriving and entering the venue, arrival of the bride, bride up the aisle, background music during signing of the register, bride and groom back down the aisle and as guests leave the ceremony.
£165
Burns Supper or St Andrew’s Night
Pipe for the following - Guests entering venue, Guets into dinner, Pipe the haggis in, “address the haggis”, pipe the haggis out.
£175
Wedding Ceremony and Dinner
Pipe for - Groom and guests arriving for ceremony. Arrival of Bride. Bride up the aisle, Background music during signing of register. Bride and groom back down aisle followed by guests. Guests into dinner. Bride and groom to top table.
£200

Reviews

Booked 7 times through Encore!

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Dave W, 7 months ago

Fantastic - very accommodating and helpful also

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Elizabeth N, 7 months ago

I highly recommend him. Everything was perfect throughout the night and he even welcomed special requests from our guests. He made the atmosphere so pleasant and brought the spirit Scotland to Milton Keynes on Burn's night. Feedback from our international guests was outstanding and they are looking forward to the same experience next year. We will be hiring him again. He was 💯%.

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Adrian H, 7 months ago

Absolutely brilliant top man

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Pamela L, 10 months ago

He was a lovely addition to the day. He personally congratulated us and played superb!

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Emily M, 1 month ago

Hi Kenny, I would like to say thank you to George for providing such wonderful music for my guests. The guests were talking all day about how amazing the bagpipes were and how smart he looked. Very impressed in how professional you are as a supplier for weddings, your quick response, competitive rates and smooth service made my day relaxed. Thank you ever so much. I will refer you to others. Emily

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Beth H, 1 month ago

Evening Kenny, Thank you for making our day special and bringing some of the Scottish heritage to our day. All the guest where looking forward to you and they all said how fantastic you where. Brett said he appreciated your help on the morning of the wedding. If you have a Facebook page or website we would gladly give you a great review. Thanks again Kenny, Beth and Brett

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