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Read on for the most comprehensive guide to booking a Bagpiper, including how much a Bagpiper costs, exactly what they will do at your event, plus tips, advice and information to help make your event one to remember!

A professional Bagpiper will play traditional Celtic songs on the bagpipes as well as versions of modern songs!

What exactly will a Bagpiper do at your event?

Find a Bagpiper for hire at your event and you will get a talented Bagpiper trained up Book a Bagpiper | Weddings, Parties & Corporate Events (1)to a professional standard. The Bagpiper will honour the long-established beautiful sounds of Scotland wth renditions of traditional bagpipe songs such as ‘Scotland the Brave’, ‘Flowers of the Forest’ and ‘The Barren Rocks of Aden’. Additionally, when you book a Bagpiper, you will get so much more than that! You will also get a Bagpiper who will play popular versions of modern chart music as well!

Mainly, a Bagpiper will entertain your audience with a fantastic live show that will put the wow factor into celebrations and impress your guests, whatever their entertainment tastes may be.

What event types are Bagpipers hired for?

Book a Bagpiper for Wedding Entertainment:

  • Wedding Ceremony Entertainment:

Hiring a Bagpiper for your wedding ceremony will add a touch of class and Scottish magic to your big moment! The Bagpiper can be set up to perform outside of the wedding venue, welcoming guests with a traditional wedding pipe song such as ‘Mhairies Wedding’. The Bagpiper can continue playing for the welcoming of the bridal car where they will then play an extra special song for the brides entrance! The Bagpiper will then go on to play for the bride and grooms register signing and then they can perform a celebratory piping song to rejoice with the newlyweds as they walk out of the venue!

  • Wedding Drinks Reception Entertainment:

Get a Bagpiper for hire to play at the Wedding Drinks Reception! The piper will welcome the wedding guests and, of course, the newlyweds into the wedding drinks reception. The Bagpiper can play the fantastic sound of pipes as the wedding photographer takes shots of the man and wife, family and friends!

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  • Wedding Breakfast Entertainment:

Book a Bagpiper | Weddings, Parties & Corporate Events (2)You can hire a Bagpiper to play whilst welcoming the guests into the wedding breakfast! Hire a Bagpiper and they will perform traditional Bagpipe music to as your
guests are greeted and seated. The Bagpipes emit a very striking sound which is often used at traditional ceremonies and in particular, it’s used to welcome people!

  • Wedding Evening Reception Entertainment:

Hire a Bagpiper as musical entertainment at your wedding evening reception! They can either pipe outside your wedding evening reception venue to entice the guests in, or, they can perform as part of the musical entertainment inside of the evening venue!

Book a Bagpiper for Corporate Event Entertainment

The Bagpipes are a favourable option for many corporations to hire as their musical entertainment as they are regarded as historic and classy. You can hire a Bagpiper to play the Scottish pipes for your work-do entertainment! Whether it’s a dinner party, a gala dinner, leaving do for a colleague or an end of financial year party, a Bagpiper will perform the Scottish pipes to all of your clients and co-workers alike!

A Professional Bagpiper is also an excellent choice for television spots, product launches, film-shoots, photo-shoots and public ceremonies.

Book a Bagpiper for Party Entertainment

A trained Bagpiper will turn up at your event in the traditional clothes you would expect from a Bagpiper! There’s not many instruments that demand the musician to wear specially designed clothes, but the Bagpipes require the Bagpiper to wear a traditional Scottish kilt with a sporran, a black jacket with silver buttons, a tarton waistcoat, and high off-white socks. So when you hire a Bagpiper, you can expect to get the whole shebang!

A Bagpiper can perform as part of a birthday celebration where they can tailor a setlist to suit you! If you desire pop songs to be given a Bagpipe make-over, then just use our personal messaging service to enquire with the Bagpiper!

You can also hire a Bagpiper for your Burns Night celebrations! Whilst you’re tucking into your haggis and sporting all the tartan you own, you can book a Bagpiper to blow the sounds of the Highlands to celebrate the life of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns!

As well as Burns Night celebrations, you may want to hire a traditional Bagpipe Player to blow the pipes at your New Years Eve celebration where they can perform the New Years Eve classic ‘Auld Lang Syne!’.

How much do Bagpipers cost to hire?

Our simple to use entertainment directory allows you to firstly search for the best Bagpipers who are local (or travel to your area) and then via the contact form you may contact them directly to enquire for a no obligation quote to perform at your event. Some acts will also add a rough price guide to their profile for your convenience.

What are the usual set formats and performance length for Bagpipers?

A Bagpiper can tailor their performance to times to suit you and your event, however, on average, a professional Bagpiper will perform for two hours.

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How much space will a Bagpiper need at your event?

A Bagpiper is a mobile instrument and so the piper can stay stationary or move around. Either way, they will not need much space to play their instrument. We advise to have an area no smaller than 3x3 metres.

What equipment and set up requirements do Bagpipers need?

As with most artists who sign up to, a Bagpiper will provide all of their own equipment. You may want to Book a Bagpiper | Weddings, Parties & Corporate Events (3)enquire if an artist needs a PA to amplify their sound, in which case we would advise to use our easy to use messaging service to find out. We do ask that each performer gets a backstage area in which they can prepare for the performance ahead. If your venue does not have a backstage area, then we kindly ask that you enquire with the venue to seek an alternative space in which the performer can comfortably get ready to entertain.

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How much should a bagpiper charge? ›

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON A WEDDING BAGPIPER? Most pipers offer an hourly rate. The current average is between $150.00 and $200.00. One hour's worth is an unofficial minimum and includes at least one song performance, as well as the piper's travel time and costs.

How much does it cost to have bagpipes at your funeral? ›

The going rate for one bagpiper is anywhere between $200 to $350.

Why do fire departments use bagpipes? ›

Brought to the United States over one hundred and fifty years ago by the Scottish immigrants, the bagpipe has become a symbol of mourning for fallen heroes, especially firefighters and policemen.

What is the average price of bagpipes? ›

So how much will a set of used bagpipes cost? If we had to put a number on it, you should plan to spend anywhere from $600 USD for a used set of pipes, all the way to $8000 for a set of new or a vintage collectable full silver engraved pipes.

Can you hire bagpipers? ›

Find 15 of the best bagpipe players for hire only at Alive Network. Our pipers perform bagpipe music for weddings & events including Scottish pipe music from highland pipers ideally suited to weddings & civil ceremonies. They can also add something special to a ceilidh or burns night party.

Are bagpipes Irish or Scottish? ›

Bagpipes, A Symbol of Scotland

But, whoever invented them, the Scots have pretty much made this instrument their own over the years. However, the Irish also lay claim to playing an instrument that is similar to the Scottish version. The national bagpipe of Ireland is as much a tradition as their Scottish counterparts.

Why do bagpipers walk away at funerals? ›

Supposedly they are the only instrument that can be heard in Heaven. A piper and the sound of the bagpipes helps to direct departed souls towards Heaven's Gates. The walking away symbolizes the piper leading the departed to the Hereafter, yet stopping short of the Gate through which the piper cannot pass.

Are bagpipes Scottish or African? ›

The pipes, which most Americans are familiar with, are the Scottish Highland Bagpipes.

What song is played on bagpipes at funerals? ›

With the prevalence of bagpipes at funerals, many people have become familiar with songs such as “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace” as the traditional tunes to play.

Why are bagpipes so emotional? ›

It's not the emotion behind the sound, it's the fact that they're loud. It's a feedback loop: One of the reasons people get sad is because of long, slow notes, but also because of the fact that it's used in these sad situations.

What country uses bagpipes the most? ›

The bagpipes have been close to the heart of Scotland for centuries. It is the country's national instrument, and a longstanding symbol of national pride and patriotism. But bagpipes are not only popular in Scotland.

Is the Queen woken up by bagpipes? ›

For most of her reign, the Queen was roused by the sound of bagpipes played beneath her window – at all her residences around the country. The Piper to the Sovereign for decades acted as a personal alarm clock, playing for 15 minutes each morning, as well as on state occasions.

Do bagpipers go deaf? ›

Over the years there has been many discussions if playing in a pipe band can lead to hearing damage or loss. With many tests done and surveys conducted one can conclude that members of a band could indeed sustain hearing damage.

Do bagpipes cause hearing loss? ›

New guidelines compiled by the Army Medical Directorate Environmental Health team say the bagpipe can cause hearing damage if played outside for more than 24 minutes a day.

Is it difficult to learn to play the bagpipes? ›

The Great Highland Bagpipe is easily one of the most difficult instruments in the world. Apart from the complicated finger technique required to play, there are strict physical demands from the pipes in order to be able to play the instrument.

What is a group of bagpipers called? ›

A pipe band is a musical ensemble consisting of pipers and drummers. The term pipes and drums, used by military pipe bands is also common.

What is a bagpipers outfit called? ›

The 'Piper's Dirk' is a form of the traditional Highland Dirk and is worn by pipers wearing the Full Highland Dress.

What makes a good bagpiper? ›

A good piper can simply assemble the bagpipe and perform straight away with minimal time spent tuning. This is only because the piper practices frequently and has the skill to setup and maintain the instrument properly.

What are small bagpipes called? ›

Odrecillo: a small medieval bagpipe, with or without drones.

Why did the English ban the bagpipes? ›

The playing of the Bagpipe was banned in Scotland after the uprising of 1745. They were classified as an instrument of war by the loyalist government. They were kept alive in secret. Anyone caught carrying pipes were punished, the same as any man that bore arms for Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Who first invented the bagpipes? ›

Some historians believe that bagpipes originate from ancient Egypt and were brought to Scotland by invading Roman Legions. Others maintain that the instrument was brought over the water by the colonising Scots tribes from Ireland.

Why don't you wear black to a funeral? ›

Some people want funeral guests to wear bright colors to make it seem less like a somber affair and more like a celebration of life. Others might want people to wear the favorite color of the person who passed away.

What is a bagpipers skirt called? ›

Here's a brief history of the garment: The kilt has its roots in the traditional clothes worn by men in the Highlands around the 16th century and is a skirt-like piece with pleats. The kilt has later become associated with the Gaelic and Celtic cultures.

Why don't they show the bottom half of a body at a funeral? ›

It is always easier to light up the upper half of the body and present the face under the best light. By covering the legs, funeral directors save time by spending lesser time lighting the lower portion of the body.

Are bagpipes mentioned in the Bible? ›

The first documented bagpipe is displayed on a Hittite slab at Eyuk, dating to 1,000 BC. In the Bible, book of Daniel 3:7 (see also Daniel 3:5,10,15) a musical instrument translated "bagpipe" was used by the ancient Babylonians sometime around 580 BC.

Who was the bagpiper for the queen's funeral? ›

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral was concluded with music played by her bagpiper, Pipe Major Paul Burns.

What key does a bagpipe play in? ›

Highland bagpipe music is written in the key of D major, where the C and F are sharp. Due to the lack of chromatic notes, to change key is also to change mode.

What is the number one requested funeral song? ›

“My Way” by Frank Sinatra. “Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli. “Over The Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.

What is the Scottish goodbye song? ›

The Parting Glass" is a traditional Scottish song typically played during gatherings of friends and family.

What is a happy song to play at a funeral? ›

Uplifting funeral and memorial songs

If you want to raise everyone's spirits, play one of these uplifting memorial songs: “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner. “Always Look at the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

Do bagpipes smell? ›

The smell. New bagpipes smell strongly. This scent fades over time. Compared with the feeling while playing the gaida this inconvenience is acceptable.

How long does it take to learn to play the bagpipes? ›

With most students it takes perhaps 6 months to a year to learn how to produce the correct sound. This is why it is critical to start students blowing bagpipes early. The sooner they start, the sooner they learn.

What is bagpipers lung? ›

Noun. An infection of the lungs among bagpipe players caused by fungi (mold) in bagpipes.

Does the US Army use bagpipes? ›

General Overview. The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums is a bagpipe and drum ensemble consisting of members of the United States Corps of Cadets. The band supports Corps of Cadets and Army activities year round and is the only active duty Pipe and Drum corps in the United States Army.

Who is the greatest bagpipe player? ›

World Champion Piper Robert Watt from the small town of Maghera in Northern Ireland has achieved many of the greatest awards for solo piping and pipe band playing worldwide.

Why does the US military use bagpipes? ›

Bagpipes seem to have become associated with U.S. military, police, and firefighter memorial services on account of their connection with Scottish martial history. As early as the 14th century, Scottish warriors used musical instruments—mostly horns—to intimidate their English adversaries.

What does the Queen enjoy every night before bed? ›

It's also reported that the Queen liked to read a little in bed before turning in, which is proven to be a great aid in relaxing the mind before sleep.

What time does the Queen go to bed? ›

Queen Elizabeth would often go to bed around 11pm – later than some might think. She'd then get eight and a half hours of sleep, with a waking time of 7.30am.

Do the royals do their own hair and makeup? ›

And according to the queen's longtime dresser, the monarch is responsible for much of her own iconic style. In her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Angela Kelly revealed that the queen does her own makeup almost everyday.

Do bagpipers wear earplugs? ›

Our ears are the most important tool we have when playing the bagpipes. Many bagpipers never consider hearing protection. When I first started playing in the late 1980s, I didn't see a single person wearing earplugs of any kind. I just took this as the norm and never thought otherwise.

Are there female bagpipers? ›

Although I have been performing playing the bagpipes for over 38 years, almost every time I pipe at events, I am told that "it is the first time that I have seen a female piper." While there are many female pipers in pipe bands, there aren't many female pipers welcoming visitors to Scotland or performing at high- ...

Can you sing while playing bagpipes? ›

Some pipers can converse or sing while playing. The bag which the bellows fill is clamped under the other elbow, which squeezes the bag to control the flow of air to the reeds (which make the notes). The air goes from the bag to the chanter, drones, and regulators. The chanter is played with the fingers like a flute.

Why do cops love bagpipes? ›

Brought to the United States over one hundred and fifty years ago by the Scottish immigrants, the bagpipe has become a symbol of mourning for fallen heroes, especially firefighters and policemen.

What instrument goes well with bagpipes? ›

The timbre of the Irish whistle or flute greatly compliments the highland pipes. Pipers who double as whistle players will often start with a tin whistle in the key of D. The highland pipes require whistles in E flat to blend the tuning. Both high and low E flat whistles would work.

Do bagpipes need to be cleaned? ›

Much like a car, your pipes will need a regular check up and cleaning of all the essential parts. If some of these items go untreated for a length of time, you may encounter problems with the functioning of different parts of your pipes. Use this guide to check your parts step by step.

Are bagpipes more Scottish or Irish? ›

Bagpipes, A Symbol of Scotland

But, whoever invented them, the Scots have pretty much made this instrument their own over the years. However, the Irish also lay claim to playing an instrument that is similar to the Scottish version. The national bagpipe of Ireland is as much a tradition as their Scottish counterparts.

Am I too old to learn bagpipes? ›

I have been teaching the bagpipes for over 20 years, and I must say that actually teaching the bagpipes has certainly changed my mind on how old or young someone has to be to learn. My students have been as young as 5 years old and as old as 90. I now believe you are never too old to learn.

How much is a bagpipe band? ›

On average, professional bagpipers cost $200-$300 for a 30-minute performance. The price may vary depending on your location, travel distance, and the bagpiper's experience level. The details of the event may also affect the cost.

Can you have a Piper at a funeral? ›

Pipers have been used at military and state funerals for centuries, but now Piping is becoming more of a common feature at everyday funerals. The Bagpipes add a special touch to any funeral providing sweet haunting melodies. The sound of the bagpipe is the perfect send off for your loved ones.

How many songs can a bagpipe play? ›

Is there only one bagpipe song? yes, it is true. Over 5 hundred years old, this instrument only has 9 notes and there is just one tune.

Why do police play bagpipes at funerals? ›

Many believe the sound of the bagpipes adds a sorrowful, yet dignified air to the funeral. Bagpipe bands are now standard for police and firefighters. On average, the bands have more than 60 uniformed playing members. They are traditionally known as Emerald Societies.

What should you not do at a funeral? ›

10 Things NOT to Do at a Funeral
  • 10 Things Not to Do at a Funeral. ...
  • Don't be late. ...
  • Don't dress for a club, party, or the beach. ...
  • Don't let your phone ring, chime, or ding. ...
  • Don't text, surf, or otherwise be glued to your cellphone. ...
  • Don't forget the purpose of the occasion. ...
  • Don't cause a scene.

What should you avoid at a funeral? ›

Things You Should NOT Do at a Funeral
  • Laugh out of turn. ...
  • Wear something revealing or loud. ...
  • Disrespect cues. ...
  • Make unnecessary noise. ...
  • Speak out of turn. ...
  • Applaud out of turn. ...
  • Yawn excessively. ...
  • Move around too much.
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What colors are not allowed at a funeral? ›

Wearing dark grey or deep blue is just as appropriate as black, while brown and lighter greys are suitable for the vast majority of funeral services. However, unless specifically requested by the deceased or their family, you should avoid any bright colors such as yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds.

What notes can bagpipes not play? ›

The bagpipe can play nine notes, from G to A; however, there are no sharps or flats, so there is no need for a key signature. 6.

What is the main bagpipe song? ›

Amazing Grace: Written in 1779 by the English Clergyman John Newton, this song is now one of the most frequently requested tunes played on the bagpipes.

Why do bagpipers walk when playing? ›

tapping your foot, or walking/marching is a method of setting an even controlled tempo. Marching is a result of the influence of military heritage in piping. The British military encouraged highland regiments and these regiments naturally brought their music and musicians with them.

Does the queen get woken by bagpipes? ›

Pipe Major Paul Burns - who woke up Queen Elizabeth II on her final morning at Balmoral in Scotland and played a poignant lament at her funeral - played a tune in the gardens of King Charles' residence on Tuesday morning.

Why do people cry when they hear bagpipes? ›

It's not the emotion behind the sound, it's the fact that they're loud. It's a feedback loop: One of the reasons people get sad is because of long, slow notes, but also because of the fact that it's used in these sad situations.

What song is played at funerals bagpipe? ›

With the prevalence of bagpipes at funerals, many people have become familiar with songs such as “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace” as the traditional tunes to play.


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