Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Warrington, Cheshire
Verified bookings: 52
Reviews: 27
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I have been playing the bagpipes for over 30 years and started when I was 9 years old. I have had the privilege to travel all over the world and play at many events and functions. I take great pride in the standard of my turnout and playing and believe that I must always strive to deliver my absolute best at all times, my playing at your event becomes part of your memories and I can't afford to supply a bad memory for my clients.

Where it all began!

I had wanted to learn the bagpipes from the age of 6 and finally got to start learning the bagpipes at 9 years old with a local band. It was here that I was taught the basics and developed my passion for the Great Highland Bagpipe. I spent many happy years with this band learning my craft and travelling around the country to play with the band. At the age of 17, I decided to join the army and I became a member of the world famous pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch.

What came next?
During my time in the army I was lucky enough to travel all over the world playing with the band as well doing my day job as a soldier. I was extremely lucky to have chosen one of the army's premier pipe bands to serve with and recieved world class instruction from them which further developed my skills and abilities. As an army piper I was chosen to take part in many high profile events, the highlights of those events would be playing for the Royal family and various other international heads of state at official functions, the Edinburgh military tattoo, North American tour and the hand over of Hong Kong to name but a few. During my time as an Army piper I passed the class 1 pipers course which was a pre requisit for being put forward for the army Pipe Majors course. Being an army piper in one of the worlds premier proffesional pipe bands gave me an excellent grounding in performing at many types of events and I believe my experience allows me to provide my clients with an unrivalled service.

After the army.

After leaving the army, I returned to the band that had taught me and very soon after I was asked to be their pipe major. The band had suffered over the years and was not in a healthy state, we set to work to rebuild the band. Over the next few years I strted to teach new pipers and the membership grew steadily and we managed to get the band back on the competition field. I have played at most of the official major championships, including the World pipe band championships, the European championships and the British championships and was keen to take my band to these events, we managed to attend some of the major championships as well as many local competitions and we were able to pick up aprize or two along the way. As well as playing in competition with the band, I also attended local solo piping competitions and was lucky enough to have held the North West England solo piping championship. Afterr 8 years with my childhood band, I decided a change was required and was asked to teach a local cadet band, some of my cadets went on to play at high profile events themselves and some even followed in my footsteps to take up a piping career in the armed forces. Shortly after getting involoved with the cadets I was invited to be Pipe Major of another well known local band, although I am no longer the Pipe Major of that band, I still take an active part in the teaching and direction of the band.

My experiences from the age of 9 allows me to confidently provide a professional service to any event type. Having experienced this high level of performance, I am able to offer a professional service from the standard of turn out to quality of playing for your event. I pride myself on providing a quality performance every time, I have a number of tartans in both full dress and less formal options. I am confident that whatever the occasion I can provide a performance to suit.

Below is a selection of some of the countries I have visited to play my pipes and some of the high profile events I have taken part in:-

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1996, 1997, 1998, 2014)

Kenya (1996)

Tour of New Zealand (1997)

Piping for the Normandy veterans on their annual return to France (2012, 2013, 2014)

The Basel Tattoo (2015)

The Berlin Tattoo (2016)

The Malta Military Tattoo (2017)

Tour of North America (1994, 1998)

The Hong Kong Rugby sevens (1996)

The Hand over of Hong Kong (1997)

Kirklees Festival of Remebrance (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018)

Contries I have played in:-

All over the UK

America

Canada

Denmark

Germany

Hong Kong

New Zealand

Kenya

Malta

Switzerland

France

27 Reviews
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stephen chisholm

Oct. 12, 2020

Andrew was professional from the first call to turning up on the day of my Dads Funeral. What a guy waiting at the gates for the cars then piped my dad to the crem, then piped the committal. Then piped the guests out of the crem. Could not ask for more. Thank you Andy what a professional you were. Thanks from the family.

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MR SHAUN HODGERS

Oct. 8, 2020

Just 100+% satisfied he made that special touch to a soldier.

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Jane Flanagan

Sept. 18, 2020

Andrew was extremely professional and arranged with the funeral directors himself. His performance was exceptional. We all highly recommend him for any occasion. Truly remarkable.

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Alan Storey

Sept. 4, 2020

Highly recommend Andrew for events and booking. Competitive pricing also.

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Mandy ovens

Aug. 28, 2020

Wow, Andrew was fantastic. I booked Andrew for a surprise Retirement party in our garden. He was on time, and he played lots of songs that he thought my husband would like. Everyone that was at our house cried. Such a talented guy. We will be booking him again 100 per cent. Thanks again Andrew.

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Amy Savage

Aug. 7, 2020

Andrew played at the funeral of my uncle.
He was amazing.
So helpful when advising me on songs and when to play etc. Travelling a distance to be there, he was punctual and knew exactly what to do.
It was very moving.
Thank you Andrew.

Services From Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Civil wedding ceremony or wedding and reception

Hi! Congratulations on your up-coming wedding! I am available to play at your wedding, this quote would typically cover the following. Play as guests arrive Play to signal the brides arrival Play bride down the aisle Play as the bride and groom exit the ceremony Play sets during photo's Lead the bride and groom to the top table of the wedding breakfast. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. Please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Very best regards, Andy
From: £220 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Experienced Bagpiper For Burns Night

Hi! Thank you for requesting a quote from me. I am available to play at your burns night celebration, this quote would typically cover the following. Play as guests arrive Pipe in the haggis Play a set during the meal All performances throughout the evening are fully social distanced and adhere to current government guidelines. The quote will cover up to 120 mins. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. I am one of the most booked pipers on poptop, please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Very best regards, Andy
From: £180 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Experienced Ex-Forces Piper For Dinner Nights Or Military Mess Nights

Hi! Thank you for requesting a quote from me. I am available to play at your dinner night, this quote would typically cover the following. Play as guests arrive Pipe in the top table guests Play a set during the meal All performances throughout the evening are fully social distanced and adhere to current government guidelines. The quote will cover up to 120 mins. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. I am one of the most booked pipers on poptop, please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Very best regards, Andy
From: £170 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Birthday / Anniversary piper

Hi! Thank you for requesting a quote from me. I am available to play at your celebration, this quote would typically cover the following. Play a selection of tunes during the celebration. The performance can be delivered as a surprise. All performances throughout the evening are fully social distanced and adhere to current government guidelines. The quote will cover up to 30 mins. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. I am one of the most booked pipers on poptop, please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Very best regards, Andy
From: £90 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Covid-19 Compliant Wedding Reception

Congratulations on your up-coming wedding! I am available to play at your wedding, this quote would typically cover the following: Play as guests arrive Play to signal the bride and grooms arrival Play sets during photo's All performances throughout the day are fully social distanced and adhere to current government guidelines. The quote will cover up to 120 mins. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. Please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
From: £130 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Covid-19 Compliant Wedding Ceremony

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am available to play at your wedding, this quote would typically cover the following: Play as guests arrive Play to signal the bride's arrival Play as the bride and groom exit the ceremony Play sets during photo's All performances throughout the day are fully socially distanced and adhere to current government guidelines. The quote will cover up to 120 mins. Please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
From: £130 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
(27)

Experienced Highland Bagpiper For Funerals

Hi! Please accept my condolences on your recent loss. I am available to play for you and this quote will cover the following. Lead the cortege to the chapel/ to graveside Play as family and guests enter chapel, or move to the graveside Play at the committal. All of the above can be tailored to your requirements. All performances are currently social distanced and compliant with local and government guidelines. Please take a look at my profile "Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper" where you will find more media and reviews from past customers. I have a range of tartan options which can also be viewed on my profile. I am experienced at delivering the highest quality of music and presentation to your important event and leave lasting memories that will only enhance your day. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Very best regards, Andy
From: £100 per event
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FAQs

  • How long do you play for?

    Most requirements for a piper are for short performances during certain parts of the events. Due to the volume of the instrument, I wouldn't typically play for anymore than 10 minutes at a time.

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    PA and lighting isn't required for my act

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    I am fully insured

  • How much space do you require?

    Just a room to get changed in at most. Not always required and dependant on the job type

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    Given enough notice and if it is a piece that can be played properly on the pipes, then yes.

Set List/Services

I play most traditional and popular bagpipe music. I am available to hire for Weddings, parties, Funerals and most other types of functions.

The following is a selection of my repertior, I do have other tunes that may be unfamiliar to non piping people. If you don't see your
favourite, please get in touch, I do have an extensive library and can usually source and learn most bagpipe tunes.

Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral

Slow airs/songs

Caledonia
Cock of the North
Danny boy
Going Home
Happy Birthday
Hector the Hero
Maries Wedding
Mull of Kintyre
My Home
Scottish soldier
The Cradle song
The Dark Isle
The Flower of Scotland
The Leaving of Liverpool
The Mingualy boat song
The Mist covered mountains
The Sky boat song
These are my mountains
We're no awa tae bide awa

Laments

Flowers of the Forrest
Sleep Dearie Sleep

Hymns

Abide with me
Oft the Stilly Night

Marches

Bonnie Dundee
Donald MacLean of Lewis
Farewell to the Creeks
Highland laddie
Jeannie Mauchline
King George the V's Army
Liberton pipe band
Lord Lovat's lament
Murdo's Wedding
Scotland the Brave
The 25th KOSB's farewell to Meerut
The Atholl Highlanders
The Barren Rocks of Aden
The Bathgate Highland games
The Battle of the Somme
The Battle of Waterloo
The Black bear
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
The Crags of tumble down mountain
The Green Hills of Tyrol
The Heights of Dargai
The Road to the Isles
The Rose of Allendale
The Roses of Prince Charlie
The Rowan Tree
The Steam boat
When the Battle's O'er
Ye jacobites by name

Burns

Auld Lang Syne
A Man's a man for a that
My Love she's but a Lassie yet
Corn rigs are bonnie
Ye Banks and Braes
Will ye no come back again
Ae fond Kiss