Colin Sutherland - Piper for hire

Verified bookings: 33
Reviews: 12
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Colin was born in Glasgow, and moved to the North of England a number of years ago. He has been playing the pipes for over twenty five years in various bands, as a solo artist, and also as a session musician. His music has taken him all over the world, to places such as Israel, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, to name a few. He has won several trophies and awards over the years, and played at some big venues around Europe. In the North of England, he has performed at the Sage Gateshead, St James's Park, Alnwick Castle, Hexham Queen's Hall, Sunderland Empire Theatre and Whitley Bay Playhouse.
Colin has played at many weddings and celebrations, and has a wide repertoire of tunes. He is always willing to take on any new tune, and luckily for him, he can 'play by ear', so no tune is out of the question. He takes pride in his music, and will go out of his way to make your special day even more magical and atmospheric. Whether it be playing as guests arrive/emerge or playing smallpipes during the signing of the register.

'I guarantee a beautiful sounding instrument and the best musicianship. If you have a particular favourite tune, let me know and I'll see if I can play it on the pipes at your event. I will even play 'novelty' tunes.'

12 Reviews
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Nida Khalid

Nov. 11, 2023

Collin is a superb and reliable person to work with. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I was very happy with Collin and his services, thanks Collin :)

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nicole dennis

Jan. 14, 2023

Colin was fab, pop up is good but needs to accurately get there dates correct for bookings and they didn’t take my date correctly so had to cancel but luckily the supplier was available for my date

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Jane Reed

June 16, 2022

Absolutely first class! Brilliant piper, friendly and accommodating. Fitted in with our ideas and requests. Couldn’t have received a better level of service. Thank you!

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Roger Parnell

June 2, 2022

Colin was fantastic at our Beacon lighting Ceremony for the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations. He played continuously even in the pouring rain!! He is very professional and kept everyone entertained. Thankyou Colin

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Hannah jones

Dec. 4, 2021

I hired coming for my proposal to my partner…..
I can not thank Colin enough! He was not only super responsive but he was helpful with choosing a song and did everything I asked for!! He also looked very smart and well kept with his traditional Scottish attire.

He plays the bag pipes so beautifully and I made the right decision hiring him to help make my occasion even more special!

Thank you again Colin!!

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Daniela Stasi

Oct. 4, 2021

I'd like to espress my sincere gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness to Colin for the quality of his performance and the kindness, in a very special moment of remembrance. Daniela



  • How long do you play for?

    As long as required. 45 second breaks between sets required

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    PA not required. Lighting optional

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

    Public liability included. Certificate produced in request

  • How much space do you require?

    About 6 square feet

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


  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    15 min breaks every 45 minutes

Set List/Services

Most Scottish tunes and anything else on request