Hello my name is Derek
I am a Full Time
Experienced Piper with a Happy outgoing personality. Having played the
bagpipes for many years and have played for various functions throughout
the country, enabling me to gain experience in making YOUR
occasion even More Special with the unique effect the pipes create.
My pipes have added
atmosphere to Weddings, Medieval Banquets, Anniversaries, Christenings,
Opening of New Shops & Restaurants, Fabulous Cathedrals & Churches,
Reunion Parties in Pubs to Private Celebration in Homes.
Please give me a call for
an informal chat. I am competitive and offer excellent value for money.
Every booking is different owing to mileage and times of day etc.
Booking well in advance is advisable, as I am kept extremely busy.
Please enjoy my site and
have a good look around. The site is full of things I find funny,
interesting and there is also some sample music to wet the appetite.
I have been a keen musician
all of my life. Having played the bagpipes for over twenty years and
realizing that their was not a great deal of good pipers in the North
east of England. I decided in 1997 to go out as a Full Time Professional
Piper. I AM the Luckiest man in the world as I play
everyday of the week for Happy people from all backgrounds who are
intent on having a wonderful time. No Hassle. No Targets, No Managers. I
just play very good lively music. GREAT...............
The Pipes create a lively happy atmosphere
at a Wedding, and I know that your guests and friends will talk about
this for a long time.
I can make your day even more SPECIAL by any or all of the
ENTERTAIN your party of guests before you arrive, and then escort
you into church.
PLAY inside the church during the signing of the register.
PLAY your guests, yourself and groom out of the church following
MEET you at the reception to play for the guests and escort you
to your top table.
PROVIDE entertainment at an evening reception.
I have played at York
Minster, Ampleforth Abbey, Ripon, Durham Cathedral's and the Houses of
Parliament. I have played for Sir, Gordon Banks, Ian. St. John, Nobby
Styles, Robson Green, Tony Blair, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Sample Wedding Music:
We just wanted to drop
you a little note with a Huge thank you inside it!!
You helped make our wedding day so very special. When I think of the
pipes. I still get "goose bumps!"
You sounded fantastic!
Thanks once again,
lots of love.
Nicol and Chris
P.S. The cheeky
"smile" was a crowd pleaser!
keen Scottish rugby supporter was watching a match against England at Murrayfield. Beside him was the only empty seat in the entire stadium.
"Whose seat is that?" asked the man on the other side.
"It's my wifes". "But why isn't she here?" She's
dead." "Well, why didn't you give the
ticket to one of your friends?" They're all at the funeral."
What do you
call six weeks of rain in Fort William?............. The
Always a Sad occasion, people request
a piper as a token of respect if their Loved Ones were members of
Many people just love the sound of
Numerous funeral Services use my skill as an experienced piper.
I have been informed the pipes create
a Dramatic Effect for both burials and cremations.
Sample Funeral Music:
To be booked for a christening is something special. I precede the
proud parents and God parents who carry the new baby back home.
Strangely the pipes don't seem to upset the babies!
I also pipe at local boxing matches. Manager trainer Tommy Conroy
uses my piping skills to inspire Ryan Kerr who is the first Scotsman
to clinch an English title.
(Super Middleweight Champion). The cheers from the crowd as I pipe
Ryan to his corner is electrifying and deafening. If Ryan has a bad
round and the crowd go quiet I start up the pipes and Ryan usually
goes up a gear. GREAT STUFF.
On one occasion I was asked to wait in the dark out of sight on top
of a hill beside a well known monument until a chap
to his fiance. I was to allow her enough time to answer then start to play
the pipes. I was hoping that she accepted his proposal or the grand
gesture would be futile. Luckily she did.
On another occasion I was asked to wait on a deserted beach late at
night when a young man had bought a holiday home as a surprise for
his wife. The signal for me to start playing was when he switched on
the light in the dining room. I can honestly say my job is full of
Golf - the sport in which you shout "Fore" shoot Five, and
Burns Suppers. January,
25th but it need not be on that day. I can address the Haggis if
required as well as piping it to the top table.
I can entertain your guests with many Anecdotes, jokes and stories.
The benefit to you in
organizing a good night out for Your clients are:-
They Will tell all
They Will come back
Notice on Scottish golf club wall: Rule No. 28: A ball cannot be
picked up as lost at least until it has stopped rolling.
Venues. For Burns
Pubs. Restaurants, Hotels, Nursing Homes, Private Parties in you
Romance is not Dead.
I Was booked to play at Whit worth Hall. Spennymoor. A lovely place
with a valley and a gazebo surrounded by Roses, Rhododendrons and
Azaleas. I had to be ready and tuned in and Hidden by 1.30.p.m.
He brought his young lady down the steps into the gazebo and when I
came out playing SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR. He gave her some
flowers and told her that He Loved Her. She Cried. It was fabulous.
University Balls. Blessings. Christenings. To name but a few of the
varying events at which I have piped.
Private parties in peoples own homes are really something. The
surprise on their faces as
walk up the street playing the pipes
their drive makes my job really worth while.
The feed back from these people always overwhelms me. To have the
guests dancing to my music is fabulous, I wouldn't swap my job for
Sample Party Music:
Q. What's the difference between a
bagpipe and an onion?
A. No one cries when you chop
up a bagpipe.
Q. What do you call ten sets of bagpipes at the bottom of the sea?
A. A Start.
Q. What's the difference between a bagpipe and a trampoline?
A. You take your shoes off
when you jump on a trampoline.
In an age when
everything is becoming cloned, and so many things seem to sound the
SAME. Songs from Scotland go on and on. Pop Songs whizz past and
vanish forever. Some might pop up again as Golden Oldies after three
years. But the familiar Scots songs seem to be embedded in the Sole
No wedding, no
housewarming or homecoming or celebration can be complete without a
burst of the simple old music.
I have assembled in my
Pipe Bag from the cosy sentiment of "She Moved Through the Fair" to
the Majesty of "Scotland the Brave" and with something for everybody
in between. It's a record for a reminiscent smile, a jolt of
patriotic fire, It's a reminder that we all belong to Scotland. But
when you think of it, the music of Scotland belongs to everyone.
A Scotsman will never be insulted if you
offer him a small glass of whisky.
He will merely swallow the insult.
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