Neil MacPhail's profile picture

Neil MacPhail

Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
(5.0)Read all 5 reviews
Booking protection
Secure online payments
Free 48hr cancellations
Support available Mon-Sun
Like Neil?
Watch & Listen

About Neil

I have played at many different events around the world. Whatever the event, I'm your man!

With over 18 years of experience as a professional piper, I have played at many different events around the world. Whether it's Weddings, Parties, Burns' Suppers, Corporate Events or Reunions, the sound of finely tuned Highland Bagpipes is guaranteed to create a lasting memory forever. I was initially taught to play Highland Bagpipes at the Feis in Edinburgh. I was then taught by Andrew Warren and Dugald McNeill of the College of Piping, then Ewan Boyd (Solo Gold Medalist), then Pipe Major R. M. Hay (City of Exeter Pipes and Drums), some of the best in the business! I work with a selection of trusted piping friends who offer the highest standards of uniform and performance. As well as solo pipers, I can also provide small pipe bands and ceilidh bands to events and weddings across Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders.

Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5
1 verified review
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star

Neil's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Tess J
2 years ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

We booked Neil at very short notice having been let down by our previous piper. He was absolutely outstanding. It was hugely important to us to make the day as special as possible for the pupils and Neil contributed to this immensely. He looked fabulous in his full piper outfit and his playing was fantastic. Communication prior to the event was first class and we will definitely be using him again. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

From other customers:

Sadie M
8 years ago

Neil played the bagpipes at our wedding on 12th March at Winton House. He was superb and looked the part. All our guest were very impressed with him and enjoyed having their photo taken with him. We would highly recommend Neil for any occasion.

Mike S
8 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful job you did piping at our wedding at Old College. The sound was excellent, our guests (especially from overseas) really enjoyed the music and seeing a bagpiper in full regalia, and the thorough professionalism you brought to the job was much appreciated. Kirsten says that exiting the car at the venue, the first thing she heard was the sound of your pipes, and this was a reassurance to her that everything was actually going ahead! We would be happy to recommend you to anyone looking for a piper at a special occasion.

Read all 4 reviews
Encore badges
Saved the day!
Booked for an Encore gig with less than 24 hours’ notice
7th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 7 years

Neil's Song list

Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace
Scotland the Brave
Flower of Scotland
Mairi’s Wedding
Sarah’s Song
Highland Wedding
Highland Laddie
High road to Linton
Ramnee Ceilidh
Skye Boat Song
The Rowan Tree
Highland Cradle Song
Mist covered Mountains
Morning has broken
Jig of Slurs
Train Journey North
Crossing the Minch
Nut Brown Maiden
Calliope House
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Andy Renwicks Ferret
Donald MacLean’s farewell to Oban
Wee man from Skye
Unknown Motive
Pumpkins fancy
Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Light music, Marching, Irish rock, Country, Easy listening, Noise music, Acoustic
See all genres
See all instruments
Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
See all event types