Here are some recordings of the wedding bagpipe music I play piping at a Wedding. 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.
Piping the Bride up the Aisle
She Moved Through the Fair
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.
The Dark Island
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 Mingulay Boat Song is a song written in the 1930s and was recorded by The Corries. 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.
The Mingulay Boat Song
Newly married couple down the Aisle
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. It’s also a competition pipe march, which I’ve played frequently in solo competitions and in the Grade I World Pipe Band Championships.
Married Couple to the Top Table
To play you to your seats at the Top Table, Mairi’s Wedding is the tune traditionally played – recognisable and easy for your guests to clap along to.
Other tunes I play
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 of pipe tunes I play at these times.
Hornpipes on Highland Pipes
A set of both two modern, and two older “hornpipes” played on the Highland Pipes
The Rakes of Kildare and other jigs
A set of jigs played on the Highland Pipes
Jigs on Small Pipes
Two quick jigs played on the Scottish Small Pipes
Cro Chinn t-Saile
This is a slow air often played at Highland funerals. Cro Chinn t-Saile is the Gaelic name for the ‘Cro of Kintail’ in Wester Ross in the Highlands – the Cro being the place cattle were rested overnight when being driven to the cattle markets of Falkirk or Creiff during the 19th century.
The Fair Maid of Barra
The Fair Maid of Barra is the English name to the Gaelic slow air Gruagach òg an Fhuillt Bhàn. This tune is also often played at Highland funerals
The Last Tango in Harris
Another set of jigs, both modern and traditional, played on the Highland Pipes
Caught on Camera!
Some short clips of me piping at various events, and competition performances with Pipe Bands
Visual Learning World - Conference 2019
Six Nations Rugby @ The Black Ivy, Edinburgh
Skyrora Space Technology - Burns Supper
Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band - Grade 1 Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2019