Whether formal or informal, no Burns Supper would be complete without the haggis and a piper.
The main event is piping in the haggis to a traditional Burns tune and, after the traditional “Address to the Haggis”, piping it out again.
In addition I can: -
- Play for the guests as they arrive
- Recite the “Address to the Haggis” myself.
- Play for Scottish country dancing after the meal, e.g. Strip The Willow, Gay Gordons, Eightsome Reel, or a slow Scottish Waltz
I’ve been interested in the poetry of Robert Burns since I was at school. Some of the poems I have also recited at Burns Suppers are:
- Tam O’Shanter
- Tae a Mouse
- A Man’s a Man for A’ That
“Just a short note to say Thank You for last night (Burns Supper Piping and recitation). All the team here at Woodland Park thought it was excellent and really made the evening. I also had very good reports from clients who attended the evening and I won’t hesitate to recommend you in future”
“We can all die happy now that we have heard the definitive rendition of "Tam O’Shanter”
Birthdays, Celebrations & Corporate Events
The pipes are always a welcome addition to any special occasion or ceremony. Here are some of the events I have played at:
- Welcoming dignitaries - sometimes playing music of their own country
- Private dinner functions - sometimes with a talk about the pipes
- Birthday parties – “Happy Birthday” on the pipes is always a surprise
- New Year celebrations - “Auld Lang Syne”.
If you give me advance warning, I can also play - foreign national anthems, folk songs or some particular favourite for the occasion.
The dances “Strip the Willow” “Eightsome Reel” and “Gay Gordons” get everyone involved. If you don’t know how to do them, don’t worry - I can show complete beginners how to join in the fun.
"I must say it was our pleasure to have you perform at my Son's graduation. Everyone enjoyed your musicality and especially enjoyed You! You helped put the 'Scottish' into our event and make it a memorable moment that I know everyone will recall most fondly. Thank you once again. All my best wishes for you."
Rosemary’s 80th Birthday
"Thank you once again for agreeing to play for us at such a short notice. Your address to haggis was superb. If I ever need a piper I will have no hesitation in contacting you again and I shall recommend you to all my friends too. My mum is sending you her love and a special thank you from the bottom of her heart."