AN EXPERIENCED BAGPIPER PLAYER
A BAGPIPE PLAYER OF OVER 30 YEARS
Ed is an accomplished professional bagpipe player with over 30 years of experience. His musical journey commenced at the age of 11, captivated by the enchanting sounds of the pipes during a holiday in Aberfeldy, Scotland. Encouraged by his proud Scottish family, Ed’s initiation into the world of bagpiping began under the tutelage of Pipe Major Alec Maclean, then Pipe Major of the Seaforth Highlander’s in Mansfield. Alec generously devoted much of his free time to Ed’s instruction, leading him to join The Seaforth Highlanders based in Mansfield, where he performed for nearly two years at weddings, carnivals, and remembrance day parades. Seeking new challenges, Ed transitioned to the Ashbourne Pipes and Drums band whom he competed with in grades 3 and 4 for several years. In recent years, Ed has become a prominent member of the Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band, achieving notable success by winning the All England Championships at Chatsworth in both 2016 and 2018.
As well as playing in bands Ed has performed at countless weddings, birthday parties, military events. Burns Suppers, Hogmanay, corporate events, sports events, and has even appeared in an advert by Ladbible for Vodafone. He played for Sir Alex Ferguson’s 80th birthday party and was invited to Majorca on several occasions to play for football celebrities associated with Steve Gerrard. Ed has played at several tribute events for Hull Kingston Rovers and piped at Derby Football Club for the arrival of fans for several matches. Ed has appeared on ITV’s ‘The Dales’ and ‘The Lakes’ and he has the honour of piping in the New Year at the highly prestigious Grantley Hall, in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Ed is annually booked to perform at Abbeydale Omega in Sheffield for their Burns Night celebrations. He entertains guests at Grantley Hall every year for their New Year’s Eve ball. Funeral directors in Sheffield, Leeds, Barnsley, Manchester, and Nottingham consistently choose Ed as their primary contact when clients require a bagpiper.
Army Bagpipe Tutor and Private Tutor
Ed taught the bagpipes at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate for over seven years. This involved taking a class of beginners every Monday evening. He also teaches privately from his own home in Sheffield and offers online tuition.