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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
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.