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John Ban Mackenzie Bagpipes

These are a set of pipes I believe to be made by John Ban Mackenzie. They belonged to a gentleman named Ken Macrae, who's 90th birthday I played for in January 2019. Sadly on 26th June 2019 I played for his funeral after he recently passed away. Kenneth Grant Donaldson Macrae, [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|

Hogmanay 2019

Delighted to have been asked back to play as a Hogmanay Bagpiper for the second year in a row at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews for their Hogmanay celebrations. Playing with me as a Mini-Pipe band to play in the "Bells" and perform a short recital were piper and drummer friends and colleagues, Thomas [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|

Jumble Sale Gems

My mother was a great frequenter of Jumble Sales, Car Boot Sales and Charity Shops over the years, and would regularly come home with some great finds. I remember when I she found this plaid brooch for me in one of the regular Jumble Sales held in the Kingussie Church Hall, in the early 1990s. [...]

By |December 18th, 2018|

Wedding onboard RRS Discovery

Not my first time visiting the Discovery, but the first time to be onboard as a Wedding Bagpiper! This was for Andy and Yvette's wedding. I always like playing at outdoor weddings, and especially at a unique venue like this one. The Discovery, of course, is the famous ship which took Robert Falcon Scott and [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|

Outdoor Wedding at Seacliff Beach

Today I played as a Wedding Piper at a fantastically informal Wedding Ceremony for an Italian couple at Seacliff Beach near Tantallon Castle, North Berwick. The wedding party was fairly small, but the numbers soon swelled with numerous curious dogs and their walkers who all stopped to look on! Today was a day for the Cameron [...]

By |November 12th, 2018|