Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Warrington, Cheshire
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Reviews: 21
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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





Hong Kong

New Zealand





21 Reviews
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Joanne Johnston

July 18, 2020

Andy made our wedding anniversary celebration a very special day indeed. We were very moved hearing him play Highland Cathedral so beautifully as we had this at our wedding twenty two years ago. He communicated very well as soon as I made the booking and was very punctual. He looked incredibly smart and dapper and he played the bagpipe absolutely beautifully. It was just perfect. Would highly recommend and can’t wait to find another excuse to book him again.

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Andy Renshaw

July 14, 2020

Andrew is very professional, respectful and a great Piper. I would recommend His services without hesitation
Thank you Andrew

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S Harris

June 22, 2020

Andrew was excellent at my fathers funeral. Communicated throughout and helped me select the music

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Gill Kevan

May 27, 2020

Andrew contacted me soon after I placed my request. His response was personal and friendly and he was able to play at short notice as requested.

Despite me giving him the wro g house number, he turned up on time, and played beautifully covering all of my requests. My mum was both moved and delighted and I would have no hesitation in reccomend ING Andy x

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John Muldoon

April 1, 2020

On time and was brilliant reccomend him 2 every1 from now on

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Jonathan Gutteridge

Dec. 24, 2019

I can't thank andrew enough he played at my grandads funeral on Christmas eve Andrew was so respectful and his Bagpipe playing abilities are out of this world and you looked so smart in your kilt my grandad would have been so proud to hear you play so amazingly highly recommended 5* and more thanks again Andrew.

Services From Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Experienced Bagpiper For Burns Night

A piper is essential at a traditional Burns night celebration. Your guests will be thrilled at the sight of a Highland piper with authentic military bearing parading the haggis throughout the room prior to its address. I will deliver a selection of popular Burns music to compliment your evening. As an added courtesy, I will be on hand to offer any guidance and advice where required on what is usually expected at a traditional Burns celebration. A range of uniform options are available. Quote covers up to 120 minutes.
From: £180 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Experienced Highland Bagpiper For Weddings

In times gone by, Highland Chiefs and Royalty would employ pipers to play at important functions when a piper would pipe for someones entrance, you knew you were around someone very important! A piper at your wedding can add that sense of majesty and occasion a few other musicians can achieve. A bride can be presented to her family and friends as she makes her way down the aisle to the haunting strains of Highland Cathedral or even Perfect by Ed Sheeran! Prior to this, your guests can feel they are entering something really special by being welcomed on their arrival by the piper playing at the entrance of your chosen venue. And to finish it off, what can beat being led to the top table of your wedding breakfast as your guests are on their feet clapping and cheering? 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.
From: £270 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

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

A piper is an excellent addition to a military themed mess evening or civilian dinner night, you may have an important guest who has Scottish roots or connections that you feel deserves to be honoured. Your guests will be thrilled at the sight of a Highland piper with authentic military bearing leading your top table guests to their seats to enjoy their meal, I will deliver a selection of popular Scottish music to compliment your evening. As an added courtesy, I will be on hand to offer any guidance and advice where required on what is usually expected at a traditional mess or dinner function where a piper is required. A range of uniform options are available. For a small extra charge, I can compose a tune in your important guest's honour as is the tradition in Scottish regiments, which can then be framed and presented after being played for your guest. Quote covers up to 120 minutes.
From: £170 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Experienced Highland Bagpiper For Funerals

A piper is an emotive addition to a memorial or funeral service, your loved one will be solemnly lead to their final journey by a piper with an authentic military bearing. I will deliver a selection of appropriate music that will leave a lasting memory of the day. As an added courtesy, I will be on hand to offer any guidance and advice where required on what is usually expected at a memorial service where a piper is present. A range of uniform options are available.
From: £150 per event
Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper

Birthday / Anniversary

Ideally suited to smaller gatherings of around 30 minute to an hour duration. Usually booked as a surprise for the honoured guest. I'm happy to offer suggestions as well as work with you to help plan the perfect surprise for your loved one.
From: £80 per event


  • 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

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


Flowers of the Forrest
Sleep Dearie Sleep


Abide with me
Oft the Stilly Night


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


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