FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

what areas do you cover?

I’m based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield so I’m well located for events in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Pontefract, Rotherham, Doncaster, Glossop, Stockport, Manchester, Oldham, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln Bakewell, Buxton, and Hull.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF EVENTS YOU PLAY AT?

Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Burns Suppers, Armistice and Remembrance, New Years Eve parties, School Events, Carnivals, Parades

are you scottish?

I am half Scottish. My mother is from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She moved to Birmingham with her parents at a young age and eventually met my dad . I was born and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. 

do you have pli insurance?

Yes. I am fully insured. 

will you be performing in scottish attire?

When booked for any event, I always perform in full Scottish (or Irish tartan if required) attire unless I’m advised otherwise.

What tartans do you wear?

I currently have Royal Stuart, Brown, Mackenzie, American Universal and Diaspora (Irish) tartans. 

what are the various types of dress you wear?

I generally perform in traditional Scottish formal attire ie shirt, tie, Argyll jacket , day wear sporran and kilt. For an additional fee I can also perform in full No.1 dress, ie tunic, horsehair sporran, plaid, kilt, feather bonnet, spats, etc. 

Do you require a deposit?

I charge a non-refundable deposit of £30 for any dates booked more than a month in advance. This can be paid via BACs, Cheque  or Paypal.

When is the final balance due?

I’m happy for the final balance to be paid anytime before the event or on the day in cash (preferably when I arrive). 

Do we need to meet before the event?

Generally this isn’t necessary. Everything can be discussed over the phone or email. For funerals I always liaise with the funeral directors and for weddings I can liaise with event organiser if required to do so. 

what tunes will you play?

I have a vast repertoire of traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music. I usually play a selection of medleys suitable for the particular event. I am happy to take requests as long as they are tunes suitable for the highland bagpipe. 

what happens if you are unable to attend?

In the highly unlikely case I have to cancel, I will always do my best to offer you a suitable alternative .

can you play as a duo or with a band?

I play with Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band and can always put together a duo, trio, quartet, mini band or full band.  

can we see you play before we book you?

I like to think my testimonials speak for themselves as well as my media examples. However I’m happy for potential clients to watch me play at an event but only  at the discretion of the event holder. 

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