Areas Covered By The Bagpiper
Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Nottingham, Derby, Chester, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, York, Birmingham,North Allerton, Thirsk, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Liverpool, Wirral, Blackpool, Oldham, Halifax, Huddersfield, etc.
Bagpiper Dress Options
No.1 Dress (American Universal Tartan), No.2 Dress (Black Watch, McKenzie, Royal Stewart, and American Universal).
Ed is a bagpiper based in Sheffield. He decided he wanted to learn to play the bagpipes after seeing a bagpiper play whilst on holiday in Aberfeldy with his family. Ed's mother being from Aberdeen also encouraged him to take up the instrument as nobody else in the family played. A friend of her's called Alec Mclean who used to be Pipe Major of the Mansfield based Seaforth Highlanders and also the Nottingham Police Pipe Band kindly offered to teach Ed. After a year of one to one tuition Alec introduced Ed to the Seaforth Highlanders in Mansfield and then a year later to the competing band Ashbourne Pipes and Drums. Ed now plays and competes with Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band .
Ed has performed at thousands of weddings, birthday parties, funerals, school workshops, and corporate events. He has appeared on TV when performing for the IIFA (Bollywood) Awards at Sheffield Arena in front of celebrities from the film industry as well as 12,000 guests. Ed also appeared in a promotional video for the Edinburgh Magic Weekend and has appeared on ITV's 'The Dales' and 'The Lakes' playing at weddings featured on the programs.
Ed can perform in either full No.1 Military Dress or the more traditional No.2 Dress. He has a selection of kilts including his own family tartan Brown, as well as McKenzie, Royal Stewart, Universal American and Black Watch.
Ed also plays a beautiful set of Fred Morrison bellow blown reelpipes which are a quieter alternative to the highland pipes. These come in useful for indoor events such as the signing of the register at weddings when the ceremony room is small. Ed has a large repertoire which consists of traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music and is happy to learn any tune he doesn't already know if required.
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“Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you.. my guests are still talking about how amazing it was to hear you play. You certainly added a unique and emotional touch to out wedding day.. I would certainly recommend you for any event. Only one little problem my son Harrison Fox now insist we buy him a set of pipes so he can learn t play…!!!! Once again thanks millions love Michaela & Andrew Peel” – Askern, Doncaster, 07/09/13
”We just wanted to thank-you so very much for making our wedding day special. Everyone commented on how beautiful your bag pipe music was. I especially loved being piped down the grand staircase with my new husband. I think it was then that it hit that I was now part of my new Scottish family or Clan as my nephew informed me. Your service from our first contact to arrange you playing at our wedding to the actual day was very professional, and we would highly recommend you to anyone else thinking of hiring a Scottish Piper. " Rachel and Ogilvie (Stafford) – 13/08/13
“It was a fantastic day, you worked so hard and we appreciated you working over the time stated, you played fantastic and made our day very special, everyone was overwhelmed . By your beautiful piping . Thank you so much. Love Wendy and Alan xxxxxx” (Huddersfield) – 08/10/13
“hi Ed,thank you so much for playing at our wedding on august 3rd at pilsley church,everyone said how good you was you made our day ,would recommend you to anyone .thanks” – Maria and Rob (Pilsley) – 03/08/13
“We just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ for playing the bagpipe so beautifully at our Wedding. It was such a special moment for the guests and us. We will never forget the moment you piped us to the Minster. It is one of the biggest highlights from our Wedding day! Thank you.” Amanda and Michael (York) – 09/08/13
“Tim and i would just like to thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You did a fantastic job, and playing amazing grace, broke a fellow piper and made him fill up, and people are still talking about the piper still lol. I dont think there were many dry eyes by the sound of it, so a beautiful job well done. Many many thanks. ” – Karen and Tim (Edwinstowe) – 27/07/13
“Ed played at our son’s wedding last year, and he was absolutely fantastic, he played wonderfully, and stayed a lot longer than he needed to, and was very friendly to all our wedding guests, I would recommend using him to anyone who is looking for a true professional.” – Mrs Alison Crabtree (Leeds) – 11/07/13
“On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank you for the effort made at my fathers funeral, it was all much appreciated and you lent a moment of grace and dignity to the whole process. Once again, thank you very much.” Francis Riley (Leeds) – 23/06/13
“Just a quick email to say a big thank you for making our day extra special for us, we had so many people coming up to us saying that they really enjoyed the bagpipes.” – Sandra Dougan (Wakefield) – 14/06/13
“Just a quick email to say a big thank you for making our day extra special for us, we had so many people coming up to us saying that they really enjoyed the bagpipes.” – Sandra Potterton (Wakefield) – 14/06/13
“Jenny and myself would like to thank you for playing at our wedding yesterday, Saturday 4th May 2013 at East Bridgford. Numerous guests commented on both how good you looked and how well you played.Your performance of For The Love Of A Princess had Jenny, her father and also a few guests in tears.So thank you for helping make our wedding day special. Dave and Jenny Stuart – (Nottingham) – 04/05/13
“Hello , apologies because I meant to get in touch sooner but I have been really busy, I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the beautiful and wonderfully played bagpipe music that you played at my mum-in-laws funeral for her and us all on the 12th April .
My daughters were really moved and felt that their beloved momma had the best send off possible. Thanks also for being so accommodating of the short notice.” -Alison Davidson – (Nottingham) – 25/04/13
“We are writing to thank you so much for playing at our wedding, the pipes just finished everything off. It was a great day and everything went to plan, and more. Yvonne loved the pipe music and you delivered everything we had hoped for, thank you. If any scotsman is pushing you for a reference ever put him onto me! Ha ha you played better than most I have heard north of the border. Again thank you so much from both of us. It was perfect” Craig and Yvonne Murdoch – (Whitley Hall, Sheffield) – 01/12/12
“Thank you so much for yesterday, your presence made the day. The moment you started playing brought a tear to most and everybody talked of you afterwards and said, as I did, that they could still hear it and would leave a lasting memory. You did my brother proud, everything was impeccable. Truly, thank you.” Jill Thomson-Painter (Coventry) – 20/11/12
“Hi Ed , just to thank you for a wonderful performance at my mother in laws funeral you made it very special this was her wish to have a bag piper at her funeral.she would have been extremely proud,may thanks a memory will never forget .” Tracey Richardson (Chesterfield) – 17/11/12
“Ed recently played at mums funeral in Chesterfiled, it was a request mum had made prior to her passing, yet again she was right!!!
His knowledge of pipe music was excellent as was his playing, was a nice touch to an emotional day, everything went smoothly and fell into place, once again thanks for your part in giving mum the send off she wanted.” Simon Richardson (Chesterfield) – 15/11/12
“Many thanks Ed you were brilliant! I am sure you saw the reaction!! It could not have turned out better…….your timings brilliant and the finish with ‘flower of Scotland’ well…….pure magic. Wishing you all the best.” Sue and Dave Lewis and the new……Kimberley and Ricki Booth (Bawtry) – 22/09/12
‘Many thanks for playing the bagpipes at my father, Ron Batty’s funeral in South Anston, Sheffield on Monday 17 Sept 2012. Everyone there thought it was wonderful for Ron to be piped in and out of the church. It made the occasion so special, something Ron would have greatly appreciated.’ Ian Batty (Sheffield) – 19/09/12
‘My family and I would like to send our sincerest Thankyou for playing the bagpipes at my Dad’s funeral in Hull yesterday. It was a fitting tribute to my Dad and he would have been in awe of your playing. I would also like to thank you for walking Dad to his last resting place and how beautiful it was to hear the bagpipes played in the distance as you left the grave side. It is a moment I will always remember. I will keep your number and pass it on to friends should any want a piper for any occasion in the future. Many thanks.’ Jenny and Family (Hull) – 04/09/12
‘We would like to say a HUGE thank you for playing on our wedding day. Everyone commented on how FANTASTIC you played and you really added that extra special touch and feel to our day. Our Scottish guests were thrilled and really enjoyed it, as did our English guest who were very overwhelmed!! We would highly recommend you to everyone, a real talent and gift that you have.’ Gemma and Sandy Green (Mansfield) – 10/08/12
‘Thank you so much for yesterday!!! All of our guests complemented on how fantastic you were! Thank you once again!’ Leanne Wadsworth (Wakefield) – 11/08/12
‘We would like to say a HUGE thank you for playing on our wedding day. Everyone commented on how FANTASTIC you played and you really added that extra special touch and feel to our day. Our Scottish guests were thrilled and really enjoyed it, as did our English guest who were very overwhelmed!! We would highly recommend you to everyone, a real talent and gift that you have.’ Gemma and Sandy Green (Mansfield) – 10/08/2012
‘I would just like to say a big thank you for the magnificent piping and drumming display at my brothers wedding on august 3rd.’ Thanks again, Andy Fraser (Wakefield) – 06/08/2012
‘I rang Ed two weeks before my wedding date to ask if he could possibly play as a present for my dad who loves the bagpipes, after reading all Ed’ s feedback from his website I wasn’t at all surprised he was booked on that day. After explaining that I didn’t want Ed to play all day and that I would just like him to play for a while in the evening, Ed arranged that he would book me in after the wedding he was already booked for but he would have some traveling to do to get to us so we arranged a time for him to start. Ed knowing that this was a surprise for my dad turned up at my venue and rang me to let me know he had arrived so my dad didn’t see him, while Ed got himself ready I announced to my guests that we had a bagpiper to play for my dad… well my dads face dropped. Ed came in playing and stood in front of my dad and played for him. It was the most incredible thing I have ever seen. My dad was in amazement to be honest, as I looked round the room so to were the rest of my guests. My dad was so thrilled by Ed playing the bagpipes he had a tear in his eye thus setting everyone else off. Ed was fantastic with all my guests answering Any questions anyone had and playing all the requests my guests asked for. I can honestly say everyone of my guests genuinely enjoyed Eds performance as they all got up for a dance. I did try having a cheeky turn on the pipes thinking to myself ‘how hard can this be’, well talk about showing myself up I couldn’t even get a tiny sound out of it ha ha, but this did just added to the fun of the day. I would have no worries in recommending Ed to anyone. Thank you very much Ed for playing at my wedding you are a really nice guy with an enormous talent once again Thank you you made our day.’ Stacey Cutts – Cullingworth, Bradford – 31/07/12
‘One of the happiest and proudest day of my life was when my son Ed gave me the surprise of my life when he suddenly appeared with his highland bagpipes and piped me up the steep incline of the beautiful Bled Castle, Bled, Slovenia, where we got married on 24th December – Christmas Eve 2011. This was a fairytale wedding in a fairytale setting and the memory of my son’s beautiful playing of the pipes, with such passion and emotion, will remain in my heart forever. Not only was he immaculately presented but Ed’s passion for the music he plays, makes me the proudest mum in the world. We would like to say an enormous thankyou for the best wedding present ever, and to highly recommend this very talented musician to everyone, I’m not blowing my own trumpet but in this case THE BAGPIPES!!!!!!!
Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts Ed’ - Lots and lots of love Mum and Mick, Bradwell, Derbyshire - 05/01/12
‘Thank you so much for making our daughter, Clare and her new husband’s wedding day so very
special. You played brilliantly and everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to the skirl of the pipes. I was very lucky to find you and I would recommend you to anyone who is considering adding a piper
to the celebrations. As you know I am a Scot and the wedding theme was the meeting of thistles and white roses to symbolise Scotland and Yorkshire. The bagpipes were the ideal finishing touch. Thank you once again for everything.’ -Caroline Grewal, Bradford – 28/02/12
'Just a quick note to thankyou so much for yesterday and Mum's funeral. Your playing was beautiful and was a lovely poignant and fitting tribute to my mum's memory and her life. People at Hassop Hall were saying how beautiful your playing was and how much it had touched them during the service.' - Jill Savage
'A huge thank you for our wedding day- it was wonderful to hear you as I arrived at th venue and the guests thought it was brilliant to have you in the background whilst the photos were taken.'
'Just couldn't wait to say thank you for making my dads 70 th Birthday party a memorable occasion,my dad and all at the party thought you was excellent, but you would know that by the way they applauded you. Once again thanks.' - Margaret & Graham (Nottingham)
'I would like to say a big Thank You on behalf of myself and my family for your attendance at my sisters funeral yesterday. She would have loved it, she loved the bag-pipes and it made the day very memorable to us all, We are very grateful to to. Sorry we didn't get to speak to you yesterday. Once again Thank You, best wishes' - Jody Hall (Rochdale)
'I would like to thank you for playing at my fathers funeral on Friday,you made a very sad occasion a very memorable one that we as a family and those three hundred plus that attended will never forget.the site of you playing in the distance at the cemetery would of broken even the hardest of hearts.thankyou once again and if an occasion should arise again i would not hesitate to get in touch and recommend you to others.' -Lee Kelly (Birmingham)
'Just to say a heartfelt thank you for making my daughters wedding day on the 3rd July a very special day. I was so glad I booked you as you played beautifully all through the day. Everyone commented how smart you looked and how friendly you where. I would certainly recommend you for any occasion and wish you all the very best for the future as you deserve to be fully booked for events.' -Margaret and Nigel Record (Sturton Le Steeple nr Retford)
'We would both like to say a great big thank you for piping at our wedding. All of the guests were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it. My dad was very impressed too! Phew! I will recommend you to anybody.' -Katrina Mackay (Wedding at the Langdale Chase, Windermere, The Lake Distrcit)
'We would also like to thank you so much for the way you conducted yourself through out our wedding, you are very professional, kind and you looked fantastic. Everyone commented on how well you played and performed. We cannot thank you enough especially as you played such a big part walking down the aisle and playing us out the church. My children also loved you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we would have no hesitaion in recommending you Ed xxx' -Amanda and Terry Hayes (Wedding at Sturton Le Steeple nr Retford)
'We had a wonderful day on Saturday, there were so many hi-lights and you playing the pipes was certainly one of them. Everyone was talking about you afterwards and saying how special you made it. I can honestly say it was one of the best days of our lives. Kate was over the moon with our "surprise". Thank you so much Ed. I wish I could have chatted to you for a wee while but time just seemed to flash past and I didn't get chance. ' -Lynn Roberts (Wedding at St John's Church, Golcar, Huddersfield)
'Thank you so much for attending me sister's funeral. It was so moving, the image of you playing beside the willow tree will stay with me forever. I'm sorry I didn't get to thank you personally on the day. Your professionalism and sensitivity can not be praised enough.' -Janine Branch (Barnsley)