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Robin Hay the Piper, 30 years of piping experience. Available for Weddings, Parties, Burns' Suppers, Corporate Events or Reunions. Experience and career highlights: • Trained at the world famous College of Piping. • Competed in solo and pipeband competitions across the UK. • Invited to play the bagpipes on Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 radio stations. • Entertained at many weddings, corporate and charity events across Scotland. • Played at numerous venues to pipe in the bells at Hogmanay. Most recently lead a procession of 500 people to the fireworks display at the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party. • Played alongside the famous indian dhol drums at unique Scottish-Asian event at Edin Uni. • Play a fabulous selection of Marches, Slow airs, Strathspeys, Jigs and Reels.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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Noise music, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Highland Cathedral
'The Gael', from Last of the Mohicans movie
We will Rock You, Queen
Amazing Grace
Skye Boat Song
Mist Covered Mountains
Scotland the Brave
Rowan Tree
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
Flower of Scotland
The Drunken Piper
The Black Bear
Glendaurel Highlanders
The Abercairney Highlanders
Caber Feidh
Green Hills of Tyrol
Battles Over
100 Pipers
The Dance of the Bear
Itchy Fingers
The Jolly Beggerman
Highland Laddie
Castle Dangerous
Customer questions

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

Robin Hay always try's 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 him know asap.

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

No, I don't provide any IPod/DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

Robin Hay normally plans arriving before the service / event to tune up and get ready. Tuning of the bagpipes doesn't take too long.

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

Robin Hay's musical repertoire are crafted from countless performances and he has good knowledge on what works best. However, if there is a particular piece of music you would like to hear, then chat it through with Robin prior to your event and he will do his best to accommodate where possible.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If there is a piece of music you would like to hear at your wedding or event, then he would check if he knows and if not, would do best to write the music and learn ahead of the event (provided sufficient time available).

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have a warm and genuine enthusiasm for each event and thoroughly enjoy playing the bagpipes and entertaining people. I take great pride in my uniform, appearance and performance. You may not have employed a piper before and might have lots of questions you need answered, feel free to ask me. I am here to help and will be sympathetic to your needs.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many Venues across Scotland. Sample below: For Weddings - Linlithgow Palace, Castlecary House Hotel, Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Grand Central Hotel, Beecraigs Country Park. For Corporate / Charity Events - Glasgow Uni, Edinburgh Uni, Queen Margaret Uni, Assembly Rooms Edin, National Piping Centre, People's Palace.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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

I have played the bagpipes on Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 radio stations. Firstly on a documentary about Scotland and Burns Supper and have also played a tune ahead of a Scotland football match. Met some high profile DJ's, all of them very friendly. Another high profile was leading a procession of 500 people to the fireworks of the Edinburgh street party.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£140
Up to 2 hours£155
Up to 3 hours£170
Typical Funeral £80 - £120
Typical Wedding
Typical Wedding £150 - £200


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Jordan B, 1 year ago

Robin played at our wedding a few days ago and he was absolutely amazing! I couldn’t recommend him enough! He kept in contact prior to the day and made sure everything went perfectly. We could not have been happier with the service, thank you so much Robin!

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Claire Q, 2 years ago

Robin was fantastic from start to finish very professional and friendly

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Fraser K, 2 years ago

Great piper, nice guy, immaculately dressed. Would recommend.

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Lani W, 2 years ago

We had the pleasure of welcoming Robin to our wedding at Linlithgow Palace in to pipe me into our ceremony. I'm Australian and my husband is Scottish. We travelled to Scotland especially for our wedding, so I had my hands full trying to organise my wedding from across the globe. Robin's service was exceptional and he was a pleasure to deal with. He was professional and friendly and helped us make wonderful memories of our wedding. As I wasn't sure about songs, he offered the beautiful recommendation of Highland Cathedral and to this day, I still cry everytime I hear it on the bagpipes. He continued to play for us while we had photographs taken around the palace and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment! I couldn't recommend Robin's service highly enough. Thanks for everything, Robin. Lani & David Watt

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