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Thistle Piping

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About Thistle Piping

Thistle Piping provide a first class service focussing on the highest possible standards of dress, deportment and musicianship.
Bagpiper
Perth
Public liability insurance of £2 million

Drew Sinclair founded Thistle Piping Central Scotland in 2014 after a long involvement with Thistle Piping (founded 1999) in Aberdeen. Drew has over 40 years piping experience and has performed at Tattoo's, Festivals and Events all over the world. He also has 15 years experience of leading a very successful pipe band at the highest competitive levels including 7 years in Grade 1. He has made several televised performances including the BBC drama series Monarch of the Glen, a popular Specsavers advert, a Mango Clothing advert and is currently (Nov 2021) filming something with Sky One. Drew has played for Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Rock Stars and Celebrities over the years as well as approximately 800 weddings. Preparation, attention to detail and using this wealth of experience means your event is in the safest of hands with Thistle Piping Central Scotland.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Burns night, Charity event, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Recording session, Cruise
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Song list

I have an extensive repertoire of traditional and modern bagpipe tunes. I have attached a small list of the most popular tunes specifically for Weddings as a guide.
WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC SUGGESTIONS
WEDDING PARTY PROCESSIONAL
HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL
CALEDONIA
FOR THE LOVE OF A PRINCESS / GIFT OF A THISTLE – BRAVEHEART THEME
THE SKYE BOAT SONG
THE GAEL – LAST OF THE MOHICANS THEME
ROWAN TREE
AMAZING GRACE
THE HIGHLAND CRADLE SONG
TRUMPET VOLUNTARY – THE PRINCE OF DENMARK’S MARCH
ODE TO JOY
BRIDAL CHORUS – HERE COMES THE BRIDE
HECTOR THE HERO
THE SLEEPING TUNE
SIGNING OF REGISTER/SCHEDULE
Any tune from the Processional or Recessional list can be utilised, there is often time to play two tunes, one slower in tempo the breaking into something more upbeat and celebratory.
WEDDING PARTY RECESSIONAL
MHAIRI’S WEDDING
HIGHLAND LADDIE
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE
I LOVE A LASSIE
THE BROWN HAIRED MAIDEN
THE BLACK BEAR
HIGHLAND WEDDING
THE HIGH DRIVE
THE TRAIN JOURNEY NORTH
FATHER JOHN MACMILLAN OF BARRA
If you have any chart songs that you might like played just let me know and I can advise. There are a number that work okay as a solo piper (we only have nine notes and no real key change unfortunately), but a large number really need other instruments behind them to sound recognisable and I can advise appropriately.
Here are some that I have used effectively
Don’t stop believing – Journey
Wake me up – Avicii
Can you feel the love tonight – Elton John (Lion King)
Marry you – Bruno Mars
The rose – Bette Middler
500 Miles – The Proclaimers
The above list is by no means exhaustive and is designed to offer a starting point and a reasonable selection of melodies. Alternatives suggestions or requests are always possible.
Customer questions

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

We generally only have a piper allocated to one event on any date and always confirm and double check timings and details about 4 weeks before the event date. Any later changes to timings should easily be accommodated.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely. Bagpipes are acoustic, mobile and don't require any amplification!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, as long as the piece can be played on the bagpipes and sound recognisable, We only have 9 notes so some songs/tunes simply don't work.

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)£170
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£290

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Gary E, 4 months ago

I asked Drew to be the piper for our wedding at Loch Dunmore in Pitlochry. From start to finish he was absolutely fantastic. So approachable during the organisation phase and conducted himself in such a friendly and professional manner. He was at the lochside before me on the day and was dressed immaculately. When my wife arrived Drew had the pipes going and what a sound! Goosebumps all over my body! He piped my wife along Loch Dunmore and stayed with us throughout the short ceremony and photographs. He then piped us back along the loch at the end and the quality of his music was outstanding. I would highly recommend Drew to be your piper. He will not let you down and you will love his sound. Thank you for being a huge part of our big day! I'm delighted I chose Drew!

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Lynsay T, 1 year ago

We hired Drew for our wedding at Comrie Croft! Drew was great and very easy to communicate with. I wasn't sure what piping songs to have for the wedding and he was really helpful! Very talented and even stood out in the rain to pipe the guests in for arrival. True professional - Highly recommend! Thanks Drew!