The South West Bagpiper

A Devon based Ceremonial Bagpiper.
A Highland Piper for Weddings, Parties, Burns Nights, New Years Eve Celebrations, Corporate Events and Funerals.
The Highland Piper can also recite ‘The address to the Haggis’ for Burns Night suppers or any other appropriate occasion

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Paul Jackman has over 20 years experience of playing the Highland Bagpipes professionally. His extensive repertoire in both Scottish and Irish traditions allows him to play music appropriate to any occasion – from weddings and parties, to Burns night and New Years Eve celebrations, corporate events and funerals. He is a good communicator and will help with tune selection, positioning, timing etc: if needed to help the occasion along. He will wear no:1, or no:2 dress, whichever is appropriate; you may decide.

Dressed in kilt and full highland piping regalia, Paul adds a touch of nobility to any event. His music ranges from the stirring melancholy of slow airs such as ‘Dark Isle’, ‘She moved through the fair’ and ‘Amazing Grace’, through traditional marches such as, ‘Scotland the brave’, ‘Black Bear’ and ‘Maries wedding’ to party appropriate pieces such as ‘Flower of Scotland’, ‘Happy birthday’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. He also plays fast jigs and reels to get everyone dancing.

Although based in South Devon, Paul regularly plays throughout the South West, and beyond. Travel is not a problem or an expensive extra and his rates are reasonable.  He is usually available at short notice. He understands about time slippage and is always flexible.

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Jack’s Jig
  1. 1. Jack’s Jig
  2. 2. Itchy Fingers
  3. 3. Highland Cathedral
  4. 4. Back O’ The Haggard
  5. 5. Dark Isle
  6. 6. Marie’s Wedding

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What an entrance!! Alister and Jessicas wedding at Manaton on Saturday. I tried to compete with the chopper with volume but I have finally met my match - great fun. Thank you Mike for the video. ...

Still travelling with my pipes. Played at Looe, Coombetrenchard and Bovey Tracey last week - and stayed dry on each occasion! A close thing on Saturday at Bovey Tracey where it drizzled in the build up to the wedding ceremony for Katherine and Stephen, but the sun shone for the photos and everyone was happy! ...

Another month or so before 'wedding season' comes to an end and I am still out playing several times a week either solo or with our band. Our band 'Piping Hot' has 4 ceilidhs to play at this week -- phew!! ...

Paul also plays the Highland and Border bagpipes, melodeon, flute, whistle and bodhran with the upbeat barn dance and Ceilidh band Piping Hot. Playing lively Scottish, Celtic and Irish jigs and reels or rhythmic English dance tunes in either traditional or contemporary style – what a way to end the day’s celebrations!!