Alan The Piper
If you need a bagpiper for a wedding, party or any other function in the Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside areas, then Alan is the artist for you. Alan started playing at the age of 7 and by 9 was competing with the Chorley Pipe Band travelling the length and breadth of England and Scotland. As an exceptionally experienced performer Alan is able to offer various styles of dress for many occasions.
The only bagpiper to have been on CORONATION STREET, played for by appointment to ROD STEWART twice, appeared on SKY Living’s 'Battle of the Brides', shown on SKY One's 'Mount Pleasant'. In addition, Alan the Bagpiper has also been hired by Manchester United Supporters Trust, performed on Smooth Radio, Rock Radio, BBC Radio and Radio Five Live, and, recently became the official bagpiper for Glenmorangie Whiskey - the official sponsor for the Open Golf Championships 2012! Plus, more recently, Alan became the bagpiper on the Irn Bru advert.
Alan has also been used by the same Burns Night Suppers and New Year’s Eve bookers for 10 years and recently Alan was the official bagpiper for both the Grand National and Kellogg's and is rebooked to play at the Grand National in 2015.
Alan The Piper
If you need a bagpiper for a wedding, party or any other function in the Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside areas, then Alan is the artist for you! Alan started playing at the age of 7 and by 9 was competing with the Chorley Pipe Band travelling the length and breadth of England and Scotland.
Under the pupilage of Joe Swarbrick and the late George Walkingshaw, brother of Bob Walkingshaw, the founding Pipe Major of Chorley Pipe Band, Alan has taken part in many contests, including all the major championships, such as the World Championship in Glasgow and the Dunoon Cowal Championship. Competing since the age of 9 Alan has maintained a standard of bagpiping to satisfy people’s needs and expectations.
Alan has recently also appeared in Coronation Street!
As a Wedding Day Piper Alan is able to provide a traditional highland experience and offers 3 styles of dress for the occasion:
• A black jacket with Fraser ancient hunting tartan
• A blue or navy jacket with the Macbeth modern tartan
• A Macleod of Harris ancient hunting tartan
Alan offers the following possibilities when performing at a wedding.
Before the ceremony - Alan is able to perform while guests arrive for the wedding ceremony, generally this can be anything between a 10 - 30 minutes session.
During the ceremony - Alan can escort the bride down the aisle and also play a short tune for the signing of the register if required.
After the ceremony - Alan is able to lead the happy couple out of the ceremony and play for a little while as guests are leaving.
If required, Alan is also able to then make his way to the reception venue where he will blend into the background during the drinks reception playing more upbeat and novelty tunes.
Reception meal - A piper will then traditionally play for the line up before proceeding to pipe the bride and groom to the head table once everyone is seated.
Below are some of the options that Alan offers:
Option A: The Church
This includes piping guests into church, piping the bride down the aisle (if required), playing while the registry is being signed (if required), leading the bride and groom out of church and piping the guests out of church.
Option B: The Reception
This includes piping the guests into the venue, playing in the bar prior to the meal, piping for the line up going into the meal and piping the bride and groom to the head table.
Option C: One venue Weddings (i.e. a hotel or golf club)
This includes most of A and B although specific requirements vary somewhat for different weddings.
Very professional, superbly costumed and excellent piper. Enhanced our wedding, all our guests loved him. 100% recomend to anybody.
Absolutely brilliant! Highly recommend Alan to anyone wanting a bag piper for their next event.
We had Alan for our wedding, he made our day so special for us and our families. He was such a big part of our day and it will always be in our hearts and something we will never forget. Thank you to all that made this possible, we are over the moon, and feel extremely blessed.
Alan turned up earlier than planned - Which was good, no worrying about him being late... haha! He was amazing!! Can not recommend highly enough.
Alan was fantastic.
The booking process was simple and Alan was fantastic on the day! My guests all enjoyed the performance and I would highly recommend Alan, thanks again Mr & Mrs McGregor (Married 20/06/15)
Alan could not have been more professional, he rang a couple of nights before to ask what I wanted and was very friendly and cheerful. He basically just did it, he went above and beyond to make sure everything was right, he knew what he was doing and I had no problem leaving him to it. Under these circumstances it's good to have people who just "get on with it" and for that I would recommend Alan to anyone wanting this type of service.
Alan made the evening magical. We would definitely have him again and we would recommend him to others. To us..... He made the feel of the party magical!!!
Many thanks to Alan, we were so impressed with him. He looked great and he sounded amazing. It really made a difference to the ceremony. We could not have been more pleased. Thanks so much Alan. Dave and Jaimie.
Alan played at our wedding on 10th August - he offered us a good range of music, was able to play the songs that we specifically requested and looked the part in his Highland outfit. He played a couple of sets and added a special touch to our day. He was friendly and professional so very much recommended.
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Manchesters Rock Radio106.1
- Visit Scotland Tourist Board
- Manchester United FC
- Granada TV
- BBC Radio
- Rod Stewart
Do you charge travel expenses?
Can you provide different tartans?
- 20 minute performance spots
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.