Billy James – Grantham Based Bagpiper




Billy James is a bagpiper based in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He was born to a family of pipers from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.  He started learning the bagpipes at the age of eleven and was  taught by Pipe Major George Grant from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  Billy began winning solo piping championships from the age of 16 and at the age of 20 became Pipe Major of the Mickleover Royal British Legion Pipe Band who won countless competitions.  Billy spent thirty years piping for highland dancing championships throughout the world and during the last thirty five years Billy has been the family piper to Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Rutland at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire and has piped for many dignitaries including members of the British and overseas Royal Families.  Billy has played for celebrities including Gareth Gates’ wedding. He has also been included in footage for American television programmes.  In 2002 he played in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Ryder Cup at the Belfry.  Billy currently plays and competes with the Nottingham Police Pipe Band  Billy has forty year’s experience of piping at a wide range of public and private events including weddings, parties, funerals, Burns Suppers, and Hogmanay events.

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  1. Sarah Mcleod

    Billy James played the bagpipe at our wedding in March this year, and really made our day. He was perfect, couldn’t have asked for a better piper! Extremely reliable, very professional, and very talented.
    His tartan even matched ours!
    I have no hesitation in recommending him for any events.

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