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Bagpipes
It takes years to master the pipes as in addition to the gracenotes and other musical embellishments which need to be learned the piper has to maintain a steady and even pressure on the bag.

A range of tunes can be played from beautiful slow airs through to the more upbeat jigs and reels.
I have been playing the Great Highland Bagpipe for some 30 years having learnt as a youngster in Argyll.  I was well taught with a strong emphasis on traditional playing.  Over the years I have played at weddings, parties, funerals and other events.  I have also piped for local organisations including charities and in October 2011 I supported the Train of Hope at Carlisle.  Some recent testimonials have been included on my site.

Dress - I will normally wear what is known as day dress and consists of a Glengarry bonnet, day jacket or waistcoat, sporran and ghillie brogues, as per photo opposite.  This is often referred to as No. 2 dress which is smart and practical for the piper and suited to the vast majority of occasions. For more formal or evening occasions I have a Prince Charlie which is worn with a white shirt and bow tie.

Currently I wear either Ancient MacBeth, Modern Douglas or Western Isles tartan.
About Me

Throughout the world there are many versions of bagpipe.  Even in the UK and Ireland there are several lesser known bagpipes including, Lowland or Border Pipes and the Small Pipes, (Scotland), Northumbrian Pipes, (NE England) and Uilleann Pipes, (Ireland).


The Great Highland Bagpipe or Piob Mhor as it is known in Gaelic is the largest and most well known.  It is a complex instrument sounding best when played competently, correctly set up and in tune.

Photograph by Derek Horn