Ed is a professional bagpiper based in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Ed took up the bagpipes after being encouraged to do by his mother who is from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Nobody else in the Scottish side of the family played the bagpipes so he was to be the first! he always loved hearing the pipes as a child so I was very keen to learn.
He has now been playing for over 20 years and has performed at 1000’s of weddings, funerals, birthday parties, schools, colleges, sergeant’s messes, Remembrance Sunday, Burns Suppers, Hogmanay, etc. He has appeared on ITV programs’ The Lakes’ and also ‘The Dales’ playing at weddings featured on the shows. A few years ago he played at the Bollywood Awards at Sheffield Arena which was broadcast worldwide.
He can perform in Full No.1 Dress (feather bonnet, horsehair sporran, doublet, shoulder plaid, etc) or Traditional Formal Dress (Argyll Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Kilt, etc) .He has a choice of tartans including American Universal (No.1 or No.2 Dress), Royal Stuart, Mackenzie, Blakc Watch or my family tartan Brown.
As well as playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, he also has a beautiful set of bellow blown Fred Morrison Smallpipes which are suitable for playing indoors. They are very popular for playing during wedding ceremonies, ie the signing of the register
This Is What He Has To Say
A Lifetime of Bagpiping…
A professional bagpiper with over 25 years experience. Who began learning at the age of 11 after falling in love with the sound of the pipes whilst on holiday in Aberfeldy, Scotland. My mother being Scottish encouraged me to learn and asked a piper named Alec Maclean to teach me. Alec kindly dedicated much of his free time to teaching me and eventually introduced me to The Seaforth Highlanders, based in Mansfield.
Performing with them for almost two years. This involved playing at weddings, carnivals and remembrance day parades. As my piping improved I craved new challenges so Alec introduced me to the Ashbourne Pipes and Drums band. I competed and performed with them for several years in grades 3 and 4. In recent years I have been a prominent member of Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band and competed with the band at major championships. In 2016 and 2018 we won the All England Championships at Chatsworth.
Appearances at Special Events
Some of the public events Includes.
- In 2007 I played at Sheffield Scimitar’s Neil Abel’s testimonial ice hockey match
- In 2007 I was invited to play The Sheffield Highland Fling
- The IIFA 2007 (Bollywood Awards) at Sheffield Arena
AMA International Karate Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield
- The reopening of the Carlton Hotel in Rotherham
- In 2009 I helped make an advert for the Rugby League’s Magic Weekend
- In 2011 I played at the National Railway Museum in York for the unveiling of the Flying Scotsman
- I have appeared playing at weddings featured on the ITV series ‘The Lake’s as well as ‘The Dales’.
- In 2015 I was booked to play at a wedding in Dubrovnik which was an incredible experience.
- I have been hired twice to play for tributes at Hull Kingston Rovers
- In 2017 myself and piper Stephen Plumb were invited to play at Old Trafford for a Man United match against Southampton as part of New Year celebrations.
- In 2017 and 2019 I was hired alongside Stephen Plumb to play at Struan and Anneli Marshall’s private villa in Ibiza
- In 2019 I was invited to play at East Midlands airport for the launch of the East Midlands to Inverness flight route
Hire A Bagpiper For Your Burns Night Event
He’s been playing the bagpipes at Burns’ Suppers since the age of 14. They are fantastic events celebrating the life and poetry of Scotland’s most famous poet, Rabbie Burns. The events are held around the poet’s birthday on the 25th January or basically from the middle of January until the beginning of February. Traditionally the events involve readings of Burns Poetry, a 5 course meal including haggis, neeps and tatties, whisky tastings, bagpipe and ceilidh music.
Burns Suppers are celebrated in restaurants, pubs, village halls, schools, residential homes, golf clubs, and masonic lodges all over the UK and abroad. They are great events to host in communities to bring people together, have fun, learn some culture, dance and eat great food during the January blues period.
Hire A Scottish Wedding Bagpiper
What greater way to add a touch of Scotland to your wedding than to have a Scottish wedding bagpiper playing lively traditional tunes in full dress. Wow your guests as they are piped into your wedding venue on arrival. Watch heads turn and tears well up in everyone’s eyes as the bride is piped down the aisle to a beautiful Scottish melody.
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