Harry has 22 years experience playing around the UK and worldwide both solo and in a band. He is available for hire for any function both in Oxfordshire and further afield.
Brought up near Aberdeen and learning from a young age, he was Pipe Major at Lathallan School Pipe Band before being awarded a music scholarship, and later becoming Pipe Major of Gordonstoun School Pipe Band. Through these years he was given the opportunity to play at some iconic locations: Buckingham Palace (solo), Balmoral Castle, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace as well as playing Flower of Scotland for the Scottish Rugby Team. At University he was President of the Durham University Pipe Band, playing and providing pipers to weddings, funerals, Burns Suppers and other events.
After a period in London playing solo at weddings and private events (venues including Lords Cricket Ground and the Oriental Club), he joined the Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band in 2016 where he is currently Pipe Sergeant.
Megan Turner• June 1, 2019
Harry was brilliant, kind, understanding and was willing to learn new songs. He was flawless and truly added to our day. My husband is now a convert to Bagpipes....
We would just like to say a huge thank you.
Maggie mackenzie• Sept. 22, 2018
"Harry was fantastic at my sons wedding. He is very professional . Our guests thought he was excellent.
Harry communicated with us very efficiently and did all that we asked of him . I would highly recommend him . Thank you Harry"
Elizabeth Logan• July 22, 2018
Thanks Harry for a brilliant performance yesterday at my Parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary garden party. It was a pleasure to meet you on the day and you were so easy to deal with before hand. I will thoroughly recommend you to all our friends near & far. Many thanks !
Peter Johnston• April 28, 2018
Harry did a fabulous job ..... appearing exactly as planned and performing brilliantly outside the church and then leading us all across Kew Green towards the wedding. 5-star Harry...well done !
Roderick Robinson• March 28, 2018
"We booked Harry for a retirement reception for a member of our team who had 44 years service in the NHS.
Harry did a fantastic job, and stayed to be photographed for the Trust news letter, outstanding.
From the start of the booking , always good communication, arrived on time and played excellent.
THANK YOU HARRY.
Head of Estates, Frimley Health Foundation Trust."
Tracy• Jan. 25, 2018
"Harry Gow was exceptional. Very professional arriving on time,asking what we wanted him to do,interacted well with Residents,and really did give a 5 star performance.
We hope to be able to have him back at Cumnor Hill House on another occasion.Feed back from Residents was excellent too.
All i can say is Well done!"
How long do you play for?
Anywhere between 15 mins to 2 hrs
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
How much space do you require?
2 metres sq
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Give me advance warning and I should be able to learn it.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Breaks between tunes c.20 seconds
Extensive list of traditional and modern tunes, from well known classics to obscure melodies. Includes the following:
Auchmountains Bonnie Glen
Road to the Isles
79th Farewell to Gibraltar
Earl of Mansfield
A Mans A Man
The Barren Rocks of Aden
Liberton Pipe Band
Royal Scots Polka
Mary Grant of Lochgelly
Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battles O'er
Scotland the Brave
We're Nae Awa Tae Bide Awa
Campbell of Glenlyon
Crags of Tumbledown Mountain
Thistle of Scotland
Roses of Prince Charlie
Old Rustic Bridge
Hills of Argyll
Cock of the North
Two Pints of Heavy
The Long Island Jig
I am a Youngman
5/4 - Cullen Bay
9/8 - The Battle of the Somme
9/8 - The Heights of Dargai
12/8 - 6th June 1944
Tripping up the Stairs
Rocking the Baby
Glasgow City Police Pipers
The Dark Island
Bells of Dunblane
Mist Covered Mountains
Flowers of the Forest
Orange & Blue
Sounds of Sleat
High Road to Linton
Sandy's New Chanter