I'm a third-generation bagpiper with personally nearly 30 years of experience under my belt. I've played hundreds of events across the UK, the US, Canada, and even as far off as Helsinki and Moscow. Over the course of my career I've had the pleasure of performing with a North American Pipeband Championship-winning band, winning numerous events as a soloist, and even being selected as the 2016 New York City Tartan Day Piper to the Grand Marshal, Outlander's Sam Heughan! I was also featured on the well-known blog, Humans of New York.
My performances have included weddings, funerals, birthday parties and anniversary parties, graduation and commencement ceremonies, bar/bat mitzahs, parades, Christenings, proms, surprise engagements, and school events -- just to name a few! St. Andrew's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Burns Night, Hogmanay, Christmas, Halloween, and Midsummer are amongst my most popular periods for bookings. Please make sure to book early if your event falls on or close to one of these dates! (Additional holiday rates may apply.)
My corporate engagements have included recording for United Airlines' in-flight safety video, and I also have experience performing in theatrical productions such as Brigadoon, MacBeth, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Lucia di Lammermoor, and others.
Jenny Kenyon• Oct. 6, 2019
Mairi was absolutely incredible- she is not only incredibly talented, but she was so personable and genuinely a wonderful part of our wedding- all of our guests loved her! I would recommend anyone looking for a bag piper at any type of event to hire Mairi! Mairi- thank you so much for everything, it was such an honour to meet you and we hope to have you at events we throw in the future!
Graeme Morrison• Aug. 24, 2019
Linda Connor• June 29, 2019
It was wonderful to have Mairi pipe us into our wedding ceremony. She was fabulous. It was a pleasure to chat with her also. She was interesting and engaging.
Mairi was the perfect piper for us. 🙏🏻
Angela Jackson• June 9, 2019
Màiri was the perfect piper for our event. She arrived in good time to prepare and looked just the part for the press photographs, both leading the parade and at the unveiling ceremony. She played splendidly well and then chatted happily with our Canadian guests and local people of all ages throughout the afternoon. Very highly recommended.
Robert Cooper• March 8, 2019
"Màiri was fantastic!! She couldn’t have been more excited about our big day and happy to help as much as she good.
The guests were all blown away by Màiri and she made the whole Scottish theme come together!!
Would highly recommend her to anyone!!
Rob & Jules"
Sarah Turnbull• Jan. 26, 2019
Màiri was absolutely fantastic, she piped beautifully at our Burns night celebration and had so many compliments. Màiri is such a lovely lady and I would have no hesitation in booking her again or recommending her.
- How long do you play for?That's up to you! For most private events, I play at least one processional -- say, the bride down the aisle -- as well as while guests enter or leave the event. On average. I play for around an hour. Extra charges may apply for events that last longer than three hours.
- How much space do you require?I do ask for a small space away from the main event in order to warm up. During my performance, I need no more space than the average person standing. Changing facilities may be required depending on outfit requests (e.g. traditional uniform).
- My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?Almost certainly! I play or can easily learn most tunes written for the great highland bagpipe. I also play a wide variety of non-traditional tunes, such as "Here Comes the Bride," "Imperial March" from Star Wars, and even the Game of Thrones theme tune. However, I am limited by the fact that I only have nine notes, and that these notes don't line up directly with those on a piano. If you have a special request, please do ask, and I'll make every effort to make it work!
Some of my most popular requests are listed below. However, if you don't see your favourite tune listed here, please send me a message -- chances are I play it!
-- Scotland the Brave
-- Flower of Scotland
-- Amazing Grace
-- Highland Cathedral
-- Skye Boat Song
-- Scots Whae Hae
-- Flowers of the Forest
-- Rowan Tree
-- Green Hills of Tyrol
-- When the Battle's O'er
-- Mairi's Wedding
-- Minstrel Boy
-- Mist Covered Mountains
-- Black Bear
-- Brown-Haired Maiden
-- Highland Laddie
-- Bonnie Dundee
-- Auld Lang Syne
-- Happy Birthday
-- Hava Nagila