Tam The Piper

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I am a full time Piper and Flautist living in Cambuslang. I love doing what I do and hope I can play for you sometime. Slainte, Tam
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I am a full time professional piper with over 40 years experience. I offer a professional, friendly and personal service and am priced to suit most budgets. I was taught initially by our local Pipe Major Henry McGuinness for about 5 years and then Iain MacLeod who was himself taught by Angus MacPherson and also PM Donald MacLeod. I also had occasional Piobaireachd tuition from Archie Kenneth. I love playing and to that end I went full time in August 2015. I play traditional or modern music and am happy to learn requests if they fit on the pipes. Given a bit of notice I can learn most things if they fit on the range of the pipes. I also play the flute and again have over 35 years experience playing mainly traditional Scottish and Irish music but also playing modern music and happy to learn requests.

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Tam's Reviews

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Kieran M
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Tan was great - arrived on time, was happy to accomodate all of our requests and the music was fantastic! Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a piper

Reply from Tam
10 months ago

Many thanks Kieran. It was a pleasure to play for you all. Many congratulations again to you both. Kind regards, Tam

Pauline B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Tam we can’t thank you enough! You made our wedding day all the more special. Communication from start to finish was excellent, so helpful and open to requests. Most of all great music 🎶 👏👏👏

Reply from Tam
1 year ago

Thank you Pauline. Your day was a joy to be part of. Playing your choices of music was great fun. Great choices too. Congratulations again to you both and I wish you both every happiness.

Megan W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Tam played the bagpipes for my grandas funeral. 100% Recommend. From the first message right up until the day absolutely brilliant. Any worries I had, I was totally put at ease And helped me out. On the day he played beautifully and brought a tear to everyone’s eyes, in a good way. Thank you so much.

Reply from Tam
1 year ago

Thank you Megan. Really appreciate your kind words. It was a privilege to be part of your granda’s send off. Condolences again to you all.

Eilidh P
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Tam was absolutely fantastic at our wedding day at the Engine Works in Glasgow. On arrival he was warm and friendly, taking the time to chat with the wedding party and really helping to put us that wee bit more at ease. He played absolutely flawlessly as our guests all agreed, providing the perfect Scottish welcome to a perfect Scottish day (sun, wind, rain and snow included). We really cannot recommend Tam highly enough -- an expert piper, model professional, and a thoroughly great lad into the bargain!

Reply from Tam
1 year ago

Hi Eilidh, I am just seeing this review on the system. Thank you so much. It was an absolute pleasure to be oart of your special day. I hope you are both well.

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Business P
6 years ago

Tam played at our wedding on sat 17/2/18 and was outstanding such a lovey gentleman and even better that he can play basically anything u wish. Thanks again Tam, Kellyann & Jamie xxx

Business P
6 years ago

Piped at my wedding.. absolutely amazing and played everything requested.. thank u Tam, i recommend u to everyone xx

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Tam's Song list

The list of tunes is virtually endless but popular choices for weddings are;
Highland Cathedral
Scotland The Brave
Mairi's Wedding
Highland Wedding
Troy's Wedding
Highland Laddie
Black Bear
For the Love of a Princess (Braveheart)
500 Miles (Proclaimers)
Wake Up (Avicii)
1000 Years (Christna Perri)
How Long Will I love You (Ellie Goulding)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
The Gael (Last of the Mohicans)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
For Funerals, the following are among the most popular choices;
Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral
The Dark Island
Skye Boat Song
Flower of Scotland
Flowers of The Forest
Sleep Dearie Sleep
Lochaber No More
She Moved Through The Fair
These are just suggestions and lots more options are available. Requests are also welcome given enough notice. If it fits well on the range of the pipes, I will try me best for you.

Tam's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£162.50
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£275
Piping at family home beforehand Piping at Church Piping at Crematorium/Cemetery Whatever combination of the above your require within 30 miles of where I live. I can cover further afield but it may cost more. Includes your choice of music to be played from traditional and contemporary. Includes a choice of 4 tartans for me to wear.
Full Afternoon Wedding Package
Playing for half an hour before the ceremony for guests arrival Piping for arrival of bride Piping bridal party down the aisle Piping happy couple back up the aisle and as guests exit Piping for top table guests entrance to the wedding meal Piping for happy couple's entrance to the wedding meal. Covers up to 2 venues ( e.g. church and reception venue) within 1 hour travel of G72 where I live.


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Customer questions

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

You can let me know of any timing changes.On most occasions it will not be an issue but if I am unable to accommodate the new times, I will ensure that a colleague is in place to be with you on the same terms.

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

I am sorry, this is not something I offer.

How much time do you need to set up?

5 minutes to get the pipes tuned up and I am ready to go. I always turn up in number 2 uniform ready to go.

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

You can have your choice of music from anything you like whether traditional or modern. If it fits on the range of the pipes, I can generally do it and am happy to learn new pieces of music as long as I have at least a couple of weeks notice. I have played all things traditional as well as many modern tunes/songs

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I do.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely. If it fits on the range of the pipes I will learn it given at least 2 weeks notice. I will share videos of the piece of music directly with you before the event to make sure you ar happy with it as well.
Folk, Ceillidh, Folk rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Christmas
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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