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Malcolm Smith

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About Malcolm

Bagpiper
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Scottish Bagpipe player for hire. Available 7 days a week for weddings, funerals, parties and other events. 30 years experience.

I’m a Scottish bagpiper based in the North West of England. I grew up in Glasgow, where I learned the pipes at a young age. I have 25 years experience with competition grade pipe bands, and regularly perform at events as a solo musician. I'm available 7 days a week to attend weddings, funerals and other events. My local area includes Lancashire, Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District, Cheshire and Yorkshire.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Scottish music, Traditional church music, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Marching
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, 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:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

A Selection of Bagpipe Music
Please note: This is a small selection of the tunes I can play. And I regularly learn new tunes on request. If you’d like another piece of music please ask. Thanks!
Most Requested:
Scotland the Brave,
Amazing Grace,
Highland Cathedral,
The Skye Boat Song,
Flower of Scotland,
Danny Boy,
The Fields of Athenry,
Mull of Kintyre,
Mhairi’s Wedding,
Happy Birthday.
Modern:
Braveheart Theme (from the movie),
Angels (Robbie Williams),
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John),
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals),
You are My Sunshine (Various)
Wake Me Up (Avicii).
Other Traditional Tunes (Scottish & Irish):
The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
The Green Hills of Tyrol (aka The Scottish Soldier),
The Battle’s O’er,
Over the Hills and Far Away,
The Leaving of Liverpool,
The Wild Rover,
Faith of Our Fathers,
The Isle of Innesfree,
The Rose of Allandale,
The Rowan Tree,
We’re No Awa Tae Bide Awa,
Going Home,
The Dark Isle,
The Mist Covered Mountains,
Flowers of the Forest,
Bonnie Dundee.
*And many, many more…
By Robert Burns:
Auld Lang Syne,
A Man’s a Man for A’ That,
My Love is But a Lassie Yet,
Ye Jacobites by Name.
Indian:
Shadmani Ho Shadmani,
Dulhe Ka Sehra,
Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.
Customer questions

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

If timings change please let me know as soon as possible. I'm very flexible and will update my booking information accordingly.

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

I don't provide a DJ service. Sorry.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always plan to arrive 30 minutes before my first performance time.

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

Yes, please pick anything from the list of music in my profile. I also accept requests whenever possible.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I often accept requests to learn new music.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients often comment on the quality and range of my music. My purpose is to bring authenticity and professionalism to every performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Numerous wedding venues, including cathedrals, churches, hotels, registry offices and similar. Theatres such as the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Large venues such as Aintree race course, Tatton Park, Knowlsey Hall.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I receive a lot of requests for traditional Scottish music, and pieces by Robert Burns. Nowadays people also ask for modern music by groups such as The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and popular musicians such as Robbie Williams or Elton John.

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

I have performed at hundreds of venues for all types of public events. Sometimes to very small audiences, but also in arenas & theatres to 1000s of audience members. Some performances have featured in local media (newspapers and TV).

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)£140
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£200

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Lynda S, 3 months ago

Very impressed with Malcolm excellent quality playing and a very nice chap

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C K, 1 year ago

Hi Malcolm, I would just like to thank you for playing at our wedding. It was so special to me that you were there. Everyone loved it and have said how good you were. Once again just thank you.

Funeral C, 1 year ago

Thank you so very much for playing at my mum's funeral today... we were impressed with your playing, but also with the professionalism and consideration shown throughout.

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From other musicians:

Andrew Brian
2nd September 2018
Andrew Brian

I have worked with Malcolm for over 10 years. A thoroughly capable, professional piper. Malcolm is among a very small group of pipers I would consider recommending if I'm unable to commit to an enquiry. His address to the haggis is something to behold! Anyone booking Malcolm will not be disappointed.