Wedding Bagpipe Music and more
Here are some recordings of the wedding bagpipe music I play. There are particular tunes I play for specific occasions, particularly weddings where there a number of different parts of the day which I play the pipes for. Hear some of the tunes I play at different stages of a wedding, and some of the tunes I play for other events.
Wedding Pipe Tunes
Piping the Bride up the aisle
This is a well known Irish song. The melody is very old and has been traced back to both Ireland and Scotland. It is common to find different Irish and Scottish gaelic songs sharing the same melody.
This is a song written about the island of Benbecula in the Western Isles. The song became popular in the 1960s, but there disputes as to who wrote it. Regardless, it’s a great tune which your guests will recognise.
Signing of the Register
The Mingulay Boat Song
During the Signing of the Register I play a Slow Air and then to provide a contrast I play a fast jig. The Slow Air here is the Mingulay Boat Song and the following jig is called The Jig Runrig. The length of these two tunes put together lasts approximately the same amount of time it usually takes to conduct the Signing of the Register.
Tunes to play out the newly married couple
The Highland Wedding
As well as being the tune of choice for playing the bride and groom out of their wedding ceremony, the Highland Wedding is also one of the greatest competition pipe marches. The version played today was composed in 1856 and is still played by the top competing solo bagpipers and Grade I pipe bands.
John Macdonald of Glencoe
John Macdonald of Glencoe is a tune composed prior to World War 1. It’s a tune all pipers enjoy playing and is a great tune to play for this part of the day. Like the Highland Wedding it’s also a competition pipe march, one I have played frequently in solo competitions and in the Grade I World Pipe Band Championships.
Bride and Groom to the Top Table
To play you to your seats at the Top Table, Mairi’s Wedding is the tune traditionaly played – recognisable and easy for your guests to clap along to.
Other Pipe Tunes
For events where a lot of playing is required, such as the guests’ arrival at a wedding or welcoming people to a corporate event I play a great many different tunes – both traditional and contemporary. Here are a few samples:
Hornpipes on Highland Pipes