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.'
Linda murray• Feb. 5, 2020
Colin was excellent and made a very sad day more bearable. Everyone found the experience very moving. He was on time and very smartly dressed. Couldn’t fault him at all
Diane• Jan. 25, 2020
Lovely man great piper my husband was over the moon would definitely rate colin
For any occasion
Gill Chappell• Nov. 11, 2018
"Colin was very good. He arrived in good time and played as requested very competently.
He helped to make a lovely event a special one.
We had lots of comments from our guests about how lovely it was to have a Piper there and how well he played. Thank you."
Inga Brown• Aug. 11, 2017
"Name: Inga Brown
Organisation: Emotional Wedding
Colin was just magnificent at our wedding on Saturday. First of all he saved us last minute as our bagpiper cancelled two weeks before the wedding. Our day was a very intimate church wedding and we asked Colin to play Highland Cathedral as we exited the church as it meant a lot to my husband (reminding him of his grandfather who is no longer with us). The vicar made a last minute decision with us to take the wedding party to my mother's grave while Colin was playing. He made that moment so special for us both and for the family and then he managed to uplift everyone's spirits afterwards with his clever choice of songs to follow (including the yellow submarine). It wouldn't have been the same without Colin and his pipes! Thank you so much."
Sue• May 19, 2015
Wedding - 'I was very impressed with Colin's calm handling of the situation and his timing in beginning to play just as they appeared at the church door. Michelle and Andy were surprised and pleased with Colin's piping and as I said earlier it really made their day and it was so special for me to be able to make such an unusual gift to them on their big day. The playing at the church and at the reception was exceptional but the 'piping in' as they came into the wedding breakfast was amazing!... thank you again for taking a late booking and for giving such great service, if anyone is looking for a 'piper' when they book a wedding with me I would be very happy to recommend you!' Sue (Reverend), Sheffield
Services From Colin Sutherland - Piper for hire
Funeral - Approximately 1 Hour
Solo Bagpipes - 1.5 Hours
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
Most Scottish tunes and anything else on request