The Derbyshire Piper - Bagpiper

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Bagpiper in traditional Highland Kilt - pipes/ drums or full military pipe band also sax, clarinet and vocals - Derby, Nottingham UK
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The Derbyshire Piper - Bagpiper is an accomplished piper presenting in full Highland kilt attire and playing a host of all the popular tunes you know. I can also play the pipes to backing tracks eg Highland Cathedral or Amazing Grace to give a full and powerful sound. Can also play sax, clarinet and vocals and will happily play a mix for you if that helps make your event even more special. Lastly, I can arrange for a full military style pipe band with pipes and drums if required. Covering Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leicester, Stafford and in fact all of the UK as required

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Traditional Scottish folk, Christmas, Traditional church music, Military, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Welsh folk, Marching, Easy listening, Film / TV music, Fanfare, 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, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Dancer, MC, Instrumental teaching
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The Derbyshire Piper - Bagpiper's Song list

Scotland the Brave
Barren Rocks
Marie’s Wedding
My Home
Skye Boat Song
Itchy Fingers
Highland Cathedral
Within a mile
Murdo’s wedding
Green Hills
Battle’s O’er
Amazing Grace
Crossing the river Po
Fleet from Flotta
Cockney Jocks
Flowers of the Forest
Calon Lan
Land of my fathers
Welsh National Anthem
Theme from Dances with Wolves
Theme from Titanic
Long way to tipperary
Siegfried Line
Send in the Clowns
Caber Feidh
Hell bound train
Flower of Scotland
Sweet maid of Glendaruel
Prince Charlie Welcome to Lochaber March
Muir of Ord
Walter Douglas MBE
Dui Regnare
Portree Bay
The Hills of Glenorchy
I am a young Man
Lord Macpherson of Drumochter
Queen Elizabeth's March
Jim Thomson Flagship
MacGregor of Rora
Shoals of Herring
51st Highalnd Division
The Rowan Tree
Bonnie Galloway
Crags of Tumbledown mountain
Jimmy Findlater
Castle Dangerous
Land of my youth
I see Mull
Atholl Highlanders
Bonnie Dundee
Piobroch of Donald Dhu
March of the Cameron men
Cock of the North
Farewell to the Creeks
Andy's Lullaby
Farewell to Camraw
Tripping up the stairs
Red ken
Caber Feidh
Sandy New Chanter
Clumsy Lover
A Hundred Pipers
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

the fact that I am very flexible to meet their requirements and ensure that i play what they want and also offer other services such as vocals and can offer full band line ups as well.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

there have been numerous venues which we have performed at particularly with our swing band line ups, including large festivals and eg Excel centre in London. For the bagpipes specifically, they tend to be played outdoors or in churches

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

because i lead the swing bands as well as the bagpiping, my influences are sourced from numerous musicians including the likes of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman as well as Louis Prima, from a bagpiping standpoint, i like you learn and listen to the Scottish highland pipe bands as well as for example The Dark Isle Piper

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

We performed in a Hollywood film with sir Daniel Day Lewis called Phantom Thread where we were the swing band as well as pipers. all the photos are on line and of course the film has gained an Oscar as well as world wide viewing

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

No problem at all, if I am chosen to play for you, then I allow plenty of time throughout the day to factor in all eventualities

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

Yes I can do and happy to incorporate your playlist of music as well if required

How much time do you need to set up?

Normally aim to get to the venue around an hour beforehand. If it is just a solo piper, then I am ready in 15 minutes - however if it is our trio set up of pipes drums guitar, then an hour beforehand is fine. If it is the military pipe band, then we would normally arrive 2 hours beforehand

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

Yes of course, i would be delighted to discuss the play list with you to ensure it is exactly as you would wish.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, i bring the bagpipes or sax or clarinet and also a small PA system to play backing tracks if required of course

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Happy to learn any songs in advance of the event and can usually source the arrangement from musician colleagues

The Derbyshire Piper - Bagpiper's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£500
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. As well as piping, i can also play sax, clarinet and sing vocal numbers with backing tracks to suit your event eg Rat Pack or ballads etc
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The Derbyshire Piper - Bagpiper's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Tanya R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

We absolutely loved Kal playing at our wedding -- beautiful bagpipes, great communication, and 10/10 from us!

Reply from The Derbyshire Piper - Bagpiper
1 year ago

Thankyou so much Tanya, that was a spectacular wedding at such a gorgeous venue - i didn’t even know that Walled garden venue existed, so it was a real pleasure to be a part of your special day. Thankyou again - kind regards Kal

From other customers:

Julie B
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Melbourne Rd
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5 out of 5

We booked Kal to pipe at our wedding after having reviewed quite a few pipers. The decision was really when we saw his profile. An excellent piper and immaculately presented and played a great selection of tunes for us and my family were in tears when he played Highland Cathedral as we signed the register. He is a really nice bloke and nothing was too much trouble for him at all. Highly recommended and will definitely pass his details onto friends - Julie Benson

Michael H
2 years ago, for a Christmas party in Stafford
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5 out of 5

Clearly with all of this covid issue we couldn’t have a proper party, so we invited some guest entertainers to play for us and Kal (the derbyshire piper) came along and played some fantastic music for us as well as Christmas Carols and even helped us see in the new year, albeit a little early - what a smashing chap he is and would recommend booking him to anyone - thanks Kal for a fantastic afternoon Mike

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