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About James

I am a bagpipe player living in Cardiff, and able to play at all kinds of traditional and contemporary events.
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I grew up in Edinburgh, and played in a school band there. I then played with Stockbridge Pipe Band during holidays from university, and now play with the City of London Pipe Band.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
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Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Scottish music, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Christmas, Military, Marching, World music, Folk
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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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

-- Traditional and popular tunes --
Scotland the Brave
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace
Flower of Scotland
-- Marches --
Braes of Castle Grant
Dr Angus Macdonald
Bruce Gandy's Farewell to the Iron Horse
Highland Wedding
Donald Maclennan of Rothesay
John Macdonald of Glencoe
Rowan Tree
Flett from Flotta
Wee Michael's March
The Young MacGregor
When the Battle's Over
Dawning of the Day
The Rowan Tree
The Black Bear
The Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
The Young MacGregor
Fields of Flanders
Shoals of Herring
Castle Dangerous
-- Slow airs and memorial songs --
Auld Lang Syne
Hector the Hero
Air in B Minor
The Old Churchyard
The Music Man
The Water is Wide
Hector the Hero
Setting a Course for Lewis / Togail Curs Air Leodhas
Time to Say Goodbye
You Raise Me Up
Last of the Mohicans
Going Home
-- Hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys and reels --
Tam Bain's Lum
Cosmos Cascade
Inveraray Castle
Edwyn's Didji Place
Jimmy's Gift
The High Drive
Wee Gordon's Brig o'Doon Phrase
Rhonda Blair
Jig of Slurs
Dora Macleod
The Smith of Chilliechassie
John Morrison of Assynt House
Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
The Fiddler's Rally
The Soup Dragon
The Dirty Lough
The Pitlochry High School Centenary
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Customer questions

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

I'll do my best to accommodate the changes, just please let me know as early as possible!

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

Yes, I can put together a playlist of other bagpipe or traditional Scottish music.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to see the venue around an hour before playing, but only need around 20 minutes to tune up - ideally somewhere a similar temperature to the venue itself.

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

Yes, please let me know what you'd like or just any preferences for tunes.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, there is no need for amplification of any kind with the bagpipes!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, please just get in touch, anything I don't know I can learn in a few days,

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I always make an effort to look as smart as possible, and play tunes everyone will enjoy!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Edinburgh Usher Hall, KKL Luzern Concert Hall, Annabelles, ARM headquarters

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Beolach, Inveraray and District Pipe Band

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

Playing in front of thousands of people at the KKL Concert Hall in Lucerne.


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)£150
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£220
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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Sinead M, 22 days ago

James was so quick to get back to me and his playing was incredible! He was the full package and I’d recommend him to anyone looking for some amazing bagpipe playing!

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Jack W, 2 years ago

James was awesome. Great piper and lovely guy who made the event brilliant.

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Rhiannon B, 1 year ago

James was splendid - he was a skilled player who added real spirit to our Ceilidh. He was very flexible about what he did and how long he played. I would really recommend him. Rhiannon

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Anna B, 1 year ago

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming on Saturday - you were brilliant and exactly what we were hoping for.

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