Michael Quinn

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#40 years experience, ex Pipe Major of Manchester Fire Service Pipe band currently teaching competing with City Of Manchester Pipe Band
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Hi I’m Mike I’ve been playing the pipes for 40 years now. Started as a kid and played with my local band in Dublin. Howth St Lawrence Pipe Band. In 1990 I moved to Manchester where I played for a couple of years with the City of Manchester Pipe Band. Later played for the Greater Manchester Pipe Band. In 2012 I joined the Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Pipe Band, in the role as Pipe Major, where we competed in various parades and competitions all over England and Scotland. Some highlights were playing at the MEN arena, with the world famous Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra , The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Chieftans at the Manchester Bridgwater Hall. Competing in many competitions through out the UK. Also regularly play for Burns night suppers, Weddings, Indian weddings also catered for where Dhol drummers can also play.Birthday parties and corporate events.Also able to provide side or tennor drummers or full pipe band .

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Scottish music, Military, Christmas, Marching, Easy listening
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Event types:
Wedding proposal, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, 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

Amazing Grace
The Flower of Scotland
The Skye Boat Song
The green hills of Tyrol
When the battle is over
The Battle of the Somme
The Heights of dargai
The flowers of the forest
Scotland the Brave
Marie's Wedding
Cock of the North
Mrs Lily Christie
A man's a man for a that
Farewell to the creeks
Auld Lang Syne
And some more modern songs converted to bagpipes, please ask.
plus many other Strathspeys reels jigs and hornpipes.
Customer questions

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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


How much time do you need to set up?

10mins to tune up

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


Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?


What do your clients love most about your performances?

Very personal to clients needs Will go that extra mile to make the event special

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ihave played at the MEN arena with Andrei Rieu and his orchestra. Also played at the Bridgewater Hall with the Chieftans. The Birmingham Symphony Hall with the scotish fiddle orchestra. And had a tune with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the Holmfirth picture dome.I have also played at competitions all over the UK and Ireland. Also played many other venues.

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

Playing infront of an audience of 20k with Andrei Rieu at MEN Arena


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£90
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£260
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From Encore customers:

April S
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Michael was absolutely brilliant. We booked him as a surprise to play the guests into the venue and he even stayed behind late to play us out when he didn't need to. Extremely professional and friendly. Highly recommended.

Reply from Michael
1 month ago

It was a pleasure to play at your wedding.Thanks for the kind review Mike

Kirsty M
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Michael was a delight to deal with from start to finish. He made sure he fully understood the running order of the day, made suggestions of how to make our day even more special and you could really tell he cared. Booking Michael and having him play at our wedding provided us with a very special memory we will cherish for the rest of our life. Not only was he great by himself but he was also able to turn up on the day and play alongside Dhol drummers which sounded absolutely amazing! We have had a lot of comments by guests on how great the Dhol & pipes sounded together and how they couldn’t believe that was the first time they played together. It takes a very accomplished musician to be able to do this and take on instructions last minute. I can’t thank Michael enough for being part of our special day, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him or booking him again. Thank you Michael!

Reply from Michael
2 months ago

It's was a pleasure to be part of your special day congratulations

David G
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Michael was fantastic just what we asked for

Reply from Michael
2 months ago

Was a pleasure to play for your event

Suzanne S
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent , he made the evening and the large crowd loved him!

Reply from Michael
3 months ago

Was a pleasure 🙂

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From other customers:

Sophie A
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Oxfordshire
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for making our day so special 😊 it was our dream to have a piper at our wedding and you made it come ture. ♥ You played beautifully. Highly recommended for any occasion x

Toby C
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Droylsden
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5 out of 5

We had this piper at our wedding he is absolutely amazing and very warm and welcoming and very professional. I would recommend him to anyone thank you so much for all you did.