I am a bagpiper with over 20 years experience. I began learning at the age of 11 after falling in love with the sound of the pipes whilst on holiday in Aberfeldy, Scotland. My mother being Scottish encouraged me to learn and asked a piper named Alec Maclean to teach me. Alec kindly dedicated much of his free time to teach me and eventually introduced me to The Seaforth Highlanders, based in Mansfield who I performed with for almost two years playing at weddings, carnivals and remembrance day parades. As my piping improved I craved new challenges so Alec introduced me to the Ashbourne Pipes and Drums band whom I competed and performed with for several years in grades 3 and 4.
Some of the public events I have played at include Sheffield Scimitar’s Neil Abel’s testimonial ice hockey match, the Sheffield Highland Fling which landed me photos in the Sheffield Star and on the front page of the Sheffield Gazette, the IIFA 2007 (Bollywood Awards) which involved a short performance on stage in front of 12’500 people, and the opening of the AMA International Karate Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield which involved leading a procession of karate teams in front of the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Sheffield. Other recent events include the reopening of the Carlton Hotel in Rotherham, as well as featuring in a promo video for the Rugby League’s Magic Weekend and also a performance at the National Railway Museum in York for the launch of recently renovated Flying Scotsman. I have appeared playing at weddings featured on the ITV series ‘The Lake’s as well as ‘The Dales’. In 2015 I was booked to play at a wedding in Dubrovnik which was an incredible experience. I’m booked every year to play at the Loch Fyne Restaurent in Sheffield for their Burns night celebrations. I play guests into dinner at the Thorpe Park Hotel each year in Leeds for their New Years Eve ball and I play the New Year in at Napoleon’s Casino in Hillsborough, Sheffield.
I have been teaching the bagpipes at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate for the last five years. This involves taking a class of beginners every Monday evening. I also teach privately from home and I have two students that are currently full time members of The Sheffield Pipe Band.
I am currently available to hire for public and private functions including weddings, funerals, birthday parties, and corporate events, etc.
I run the website www.scottishpipersforhire.com and I have a network of outstanding bagpipers from all over the UK. If I’m not available for any event I can always supply an alternative piper or if I’m booked for an event and I fall ill (very rarely does anything stop me from playing the pipes!!!!) I can provide a suitable alternative.
I play a mixture of traditional and modern Scottish and Irish music and I am always happy to learn specific tunes for bookings provided I am given enough notice.
When booked for events I always aim to arrive an hour prior to my start time. This allows for any minor traffic issues and it gives me time to setup and get my pipes in tune and singing beautifully.