Euan Anderson

Piper for hire

2019

The year got off to a flying start with a trip to Cyprus for the first Burns Supper of the year. A family affair as it was a combined 80th birthday bash for the host Keith Tyrell held at the Vatouthkia in the Pafos region. That was the first of a few Burns nights and I had my fair share of haggis and an occasional dram.

Dalmahoy Country Club

Dalmahoy Country Club

Another one bites the dust

Another one bites the dust

Mansfield Traquair Edinburgh

Mansfield Traquair Edinburgh

Small Wedding Dundas Castle Edinburgh

Small Wedding Dundas Castle Edinburgh

A spot of Judging at the Army School of Pipers an Drums in early March.

The Army internal Championships

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The Flower of Scotland

The Flower of Scotland

Semper Vigilo Snowy.

Semper Vigilo Snowy.

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The Eagle Piper’s Society on the floor

The Eagle Piper’s Society on the floor

Welcome Piper, The Hub, Edinburgh Castle,May 2019

Welcome Piper, The Hub, Edinburgh Castle,May 2019

June and July have been quite busy with weddings but I have also played at a couple of small private birthday parties. One from Sweden and the other from Switzerland. Apparently the TV series Outlander is a big hit which is of course good for tourism.

For once I think the badger was upstaged. Great outfit and check the boots out.

For once I think the badger was upstaged. Great outfit and check the boots out.

A lovely picture of bride Lynn at a small wedding at the Shore pub in Leith Edinburgh

A lovely picture of bride Lynn at a small wedding at the Shore pub in Leith Edinburgh

It is not a work and no play. The pipes were nearby but this was s friends wedding at the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

It is not a work and no play. The pipes were nearby but this was s friends wedding at the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

A nice wee tune outside before the big event.

A nice wee tune outside before the big event.

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Royal Dornoch. Not a bagpipe in sight.

Royal Dornoch. Not a bagpipe in sight.

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland

Once the Haggis season was over it was time for an early season wedding fair at Mansfield Traquair followed by a cold corporate dinner to celebrate the refurbishment at the National Museum.

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Carlowrie Castle Edinburgh

Carlowrie Castle Edinburgh

With the luck couple and Matt Scott, Scotland Internationalist

With the luck couple and Matt Scott, Scotland Internationalist

It is always nice to play at a friends wedding, especially ex colleagues who are tying the knot. Susan Balfour and Grant ‘Snowy’ Johnstone.Not before time. Congratulations guys.

Beautiful. The bride of course.

Beautiful. The bride of course.

Of course it is not all work and the Eagle Pipers’ Society, who hold their meetings in the Scots Guards association Club, Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, were hosts to the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society in March. A great evening of piping.

Around 25 pipers on the floor

Around 25 pipers on the floor

Dundas Castle May 2019

Dundas Castle May 2019

A sunnier day at Dundas.waiting at the keep

A sunnier day at Dundas.waiting at the keep

Janine’s (lady in red) 50th party at Dalmahoy

Janine’s (lady in red) 50th party at Dalmahoy

Navajo Nation meets Scotland.

Navajo Nation meets Scotland.

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It’s a dangerous game being the piper at a whiskey tasting. Just as well I have strong will power!

It’s a dangerous game being the piper at a whiskey tasting. Just as well I have strong will power!

An outdoor wedding at Oxenfoord Castle Pathhead. The couple from Hong K,ong, Wing Biu Chan and Ka Yan   Lo   made a brave decision but got away with it. Lovely setting.

An outdoor wedding at Oxenfoord Castle Pathhead. The couple from Hong K,ong, Wing Biu Chan and Ka Yan Lo made a brave decision but got away with it. Lovely setting.

The Eagle Pipers’ Society having a tune outside the Scots Guards Association Club

The Eagle Pipers’ Society having a tune outside the Scots Guards Association Club

The address to the haggis

The address to the haggis

Vatouthkia Restaurant Cyprus

Vatouthkia Restaurant Cyprus

Timna Mall from Reel Time Events

Timna Mall from Reel Time Events

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Sporting the new jacket made by Margaret Morrison Perth

Sporting the new jacket made by Margaret Morrison Perth

The 6 Nations rugby threw up an interesting job. A couple from Edinburgh won an Innes and Gunn competition to have the ‘6 Nations experience’ at home. Unfortunately Scotland lost to Wales on their way to a grand slam.

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Up in the ramparts at Mansfield Traquair for a corporate dinner

Up in the ramparts at Mansfield Traquair for a corporate dinner

The RSPS having a tune

The RSPS having a tune

The Keep. Dundas Castle May 2019

The Keep. Dundas Castle May 2019

A damp day at Dundas Castle for the wedding of Gary Bendell and Lyn Brymer but it did not damped the spirts. A small intimate wedding of 60 enjoyed what Scotland had to offer.

Pam Evens 70th party at Dundas

Pam Evens 70th party at Dundas

Mr and Mrs Bremner cutting the cake

Mr and Mrs Bremner cutting the cake

Mr and Mrs Clark about to cut the cake

Mr and Mrs Clark about to cut the cake

Playing at an Open day Napier University at the Riccarton campus.

Playing at an Open day Napier University at the Riccarton campus.

The “isle” at Oxenfoord

The “isle” at Oxenfoord

A spot of judging at Inveraray Highland games with Ian Hurst. July 2019

A spot of judging at Inveraray Highland games with Ian Hurst. July 2019

And so it goes on. The piping season is in full swing and Piping Live and the World Pipe band Championships are to come along with the big solo events at Skye,Oban and Inverness. All this piping is interfering with my golf :)


2018

I saw in the New Year with a tune at Westgate Farm, a new restaurant on the west side of Edinburgh. After that it was over to France for a week, to play at a 60th Birthday party in La Pastrie,Tarne, in the Mid Pyrenees. It was family affair that went into the wee small hours.

Borrowed the birthday boys hat. 'Lost count'

Borrowed the birthday boys hat. 'Lost count'

Young Jamie Hargan starting early

Young Jamie Hargan starting early

Rabbie Burns and no time for a detox. I played at a few suppers and gave the address to the haggis at Murrayfield Golf club.It was also nice to be invited back to the Police Burns supper in Edinburgh Castle. What a avenue.

The address to the Chieftan

The address to the Chieftan

An unusual cold snap "The Beast from the East caused major disruption and a  wedding and a few functions  were postponed or cancelled. (I wonder what the poor bride and groom did about their honeymoon? I'll ask when I see them in April). However I did manage out but you will see conditions were not the best.

The show must go on

The show must go on

A few weddings on the go as the season starts to pick up. I also played at the launch of Lindores Abbey product Aqua Vitae a couple of weeks ago and did a wee recording for Good `Morning Britain with presenter Andy Peters

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Good Morning Britain. Castle Street Edinburgh

Good Morning Britain. Castle Street Edinburgh

Lindores Abbey Distillery March 2018

Lindores Abbey Distillery March 2018

A tune in L'Auberge Occitane restaurant, Monesties, Tarne

A tune in L'Auberge Occitane restaurant, Monesties, Tarne

The first wedding of the year

The first wedding of the year

Cpls Mess. Edinburgh Castle 2018

Cpls Mess. Edinburgh Castle 2018

Forgans, St Andrews 2018

Forgans, St Andrews 2018

On the back roads near Edinburgh

On the back roads near Edinburgh

Waiting in the Keep at Dundas Castle    February 2018

Waiting in the Keep at Dundas Castle

February 2018

Dalmahoy March 2018

Dalmahoy March 2018

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One of the staff having a go.

One of the staff having a go.

Outside the Keep, Dundas Castle Edinburgh

Outside the Keep, Dundas Castle Edinburgh

Irn Bru Tablet

Irn Bru Tablet

Never tire of playing here.    Edinburgh Castle

Never tire of playing here.

Edinburgh Castle

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All the way from Australia, Harriet Ferrie.

All the way from Australia, Harriet Ferrie.

George Street Edinburgh

George Street Edinburgh

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The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Gorgie Parish Church Edinburgh

Gorgie Parish Church Edinburgh

A Scottish summer allows the Eagles to play outside the Scots Guards Club Edinburgh

A Scottish summer allows the Eagles to play outside the Scots Guards Club Edinburgh

A spot of judging at Roseneath Highland games with Malcolm MacRae. July 2018

A spot of judging at Roseneath Highland games with Malcolm MacRae. July 2018

Lorient Festival 2018

Lorient Festival 2018

The judging bench for myself and Dr Angus MacDonald

The judging bench for myself and Dr Angus MacDonald

It was hard work over there.

It was hard work over there.

August 2018 Piping Live. The College of Piping.Q and A session chaired by Gary West.I am far right with Reid Maxwell on my right.

August 2018 Piping Live. The College of Piping.Q and A session chaired by Gary West.I am far right with Reid Maxwell on my right.

With Colin MacLellan, the Captains son, my life long friend.

With Colin MacLellan, the Captains son, my life long friend.

A charity event-The Kilt walk- for Its Good to Give. Edinburgh Sept 2018

A charity event-The Kilt walk- for Its Good to Give. Edinburgh Sept 2018

The Mumbai Diners Club

The Mumbai Diners Club

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The 2018 Glenfiddich Championships at Blair Castle

April and May were very busy months with a wide variety of events. The pictures above were taken in Glen Coe at a Corporate event with Scotland looking its best. A couple of weddings, a charity event at RBS and a very social night, hosted by the Royal Scottish pipers, rounded off a great spell.

Sound check RBS Gogarburn

Sound check RBS Gogarburn

The Eagle Pipers' Society Band, Rose Street Edinburgh

The Eagle Pipers' Society Band, Rose Street Edinburgh

Not golf this time but a wedding at Deer Park Golf course

Not golf this time but a wedding at Deer Park Golf course

More judging at Inveraray. Gordon Hislop playing in the grade 1 amateur clasp competition. July 2018

More judging at Inveraray. Gordon Hislop playing in the grade 1 amateur clasp competition. July 2018

Stuart Liddle,Dr. Angus,Robert barnes and me in the Scottish tent

Stuart Liddle,Dr. Angus,Robert barnes and me in the Scottish tent

On the pen

On the pen

With Oban and Inverness done and dusted and the World Pipe Band championships out the road with another excellent win for Field Marshall Montgomery, It was time for some R and R before the final push towards the end of the piping season, but first we had the Captain John A MacLellan MBE memorial dinner.

 
Now that is headdress

Now that is headdress

I was piping at a wedding at Musselburgh and Jo and her mum Angela were guests. Lovely pic.

I was piping at a wedding at Musselburgh and Jo and her mum Angela were guests. Lovely pic.

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The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

RSPS Rose Street Edinburgh

RSPS Rose Street Edinburgh

A 'topping out' ceremony at Waverley, Edinburgh

A 'topping out' ceremony at Waverley, Edinburgh

An old Ford Perfect car. Before my time! Dalmahoy Edinburgh

An old Ford Perfect car. Before my time! Dalmahoy Edinburgh

Having a wee tune at my sisters graveside in Cyprus. She loved the pipes. May 2018.

Having a wee tune at my sisters graveside in Cyprus. She loved the pipes. May 2018.

Myself Andy Wilson and Dr Angus judging the bands

Myself Andy Wilson and Dr Angus judging the bands

A 10 day trip to Lorient was quite the piping/music marathon with the solo piping at the beginning and bands at the end. (lots of fun in between). We survived!

Fear and Tighe for the 2018 dinner.

Fear and Tighe for the 2018 dinner.

The 2018 recitalists Glenn Brown, Cameron Drummond, Jack Lee Iain Speirs

The 2018 recitalists Glenn Brown, Cameron Drummond, Jack Lee Iain Speirs

Joanna lamb front and centre supported by Judy Murray

Joanna lamb front and centre supported by Judy Murray

The new Indian Restaurant The Mumbai Diners Club Atholl Place Edinburgh

The new Indian Restaurant The Mumbai Diners Club Atholl Place Edinburgh

Errol House Perth October 2018

Errol House Perth October 2018

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Jenny, Alan Forbes and Colin

Jenny, Alan Forbes and Colin

Judging the Gillies Cup at London with Stuart Samson and Dr Bill Weatherspoon. Nov 2018

Judging the Gillies Cup at London with Stuart Samson and Dr Bill Weatherspoon. Nov 2018

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Gilmerton House,East Lothian

Gilmerton House,East Lothian

Braving the weather an Auntie supporting her niece.

Braving the weather an Auntie supporting her niece.

A 30th December wedding and I was the surprise piper at the Raeburn House Hotel in Edinburgh. The new Mrs Bottrill was very pleased :)

A 30th December wedding and I was the surprise piper at the Raeburn House Hotel in Edinburgh. The new Mrs Bottrill was very pleased :)

I think I am being twerked on?

I think I am being twerked on?

A few pics from the University of Edinburgh Business Studies winter graduation awards

A few pics from the University of Edinburgh Business Studies winter graduation awards

A winter Wedding in November at Aberlady parish Church

A winter Wedding in November at Aberlady parish Church

Outside. A quick picture in between the hail showers!

Outside. A quick picture in between the hail showers!

The Signet Library Edinburgh

The Signet Library Edinburgh

The Train Journey South November 2018    Andrew Wright and Jenny Hazzard

The Train Journey South November 2018

Andrew Wright and Jenny Hazzard

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The Edinburgh University Winter Graduation Ceremony. Nov 2018. It was cold and very wet.

The Edinburgh University Winter Graduation Ceremony. Nov 2018. It was cold and very wet.

Inside the McEwan Hall pre ceremony

Inside the McEwan Hall pre ceremony

Westgate Farm with manager Jenni Blues. Seeing in 2019

Westgate Farm with manager Jenni Blues. Seeing in 2019


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2017

A busy start to the year with the big concert up in Aberdeen

On Stage with Boghall and Bathgate at the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band concert May 2017

On Stage with Boghall and Bathgate at the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band concert May 2017

St Mary's Church, Dalmahoy

St Mary's Church, Dalmahoy

On the March at the famous Bo'ness Fair. An early start at 7am followed by a lengthy parade through the town in the afternoon.However a very fine BBQ later in the day at the Simpson household cured all aches and pains.

On the March at the famous Bo'ness Fair. An early start at 7am followed by a lengthy parade through the town in the afternoon.However a very fine BBQ later in the day at the Simpson household cured all aches and pains.

A Valentus seminar in Dunfermline, June 2017, hosted by Nicola Shields.It's been awhile since I have played for dancers but the girls kept me right.

A Valentus seminar in Dunfermline, June 2017, hosted by Nicola Shields.It's been awhile since I have played for dancers but the girls kept me right.

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Boghall and Bathgate, Princes Street Gardens, June 2017

Boghall and Bathgate, Princes Street Gardens, June 2017

Piping at the wedding of Craig and Clair Edwards, Dalmahoy Country Club, June 2017

Piping at the wedding of Craig and Clair Edwards, Dalmahoy Country Club, June 2017

The piping gigs are in full swing and I am enjoying playing at a wide variety of events and meeting so many different people. The Eagle Pipers' are on every second Tuesday night in the Scots Guards Association Club, Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, Guests are always welcome. 

Ching Yan Chan and Jacey Ma raise glass of fizz

Ching Yan Chan and Jacey Ma raise glass of fizz

A spot of judging for me at a very sunny Inveraray games June 2017. John Frater on the boards

A spot of judging for me at a very sunny Inveraray games June 2017. John Frater on the boards

The wedding of Alexandra Murdoch & James Duncan at Dalmahoy-August 2017. A wet day but it did not damped the spirits

The wedding of Alexandra Murdoch & James Duncan at Dalmahoy-August 2017. A wet day but it did not damped the spirits

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh July 2017

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh July 2017

Dundas Castle. Quite the venue for a wedding and nice to play at a different style of ceremony.July 2017

Dundas Castle. Quite the venue for a wedding and nice to play at a different style of ceremony.July 2017

Gordon Hislop doing his stuff

Gordon Hislop doing his stuff

Monday 7th August 2017 sees the start of Piping Live in Glasgow and the big build up to the World Pipe band championships in Glasgow Green at the weekend. Of course the Edinburgh Festival is in full swing and the massed pipes and drums at the Tattoo are a must see. Piping Live kicks off with the annual Masters solo piping competition, that is once again being live streamed. There are many fantastic events on at the National Piping Centre,College of Piping and elsewhere. To numerous to mention here so get online and see what you fancy.

Tuesday 22nd August is Eagle Pipers' night but many of the top players will have their minds on the Argyllshire Gathering, held in Oban this Wednesday and Thursday. Then there is the Captain John MacLellan Memorial Dinner this Saturday, 26th August, in the Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh, where Iain Speirs, Faye Henderson, Finlay Johnston and Willie McCallum are the recitalists. The Northern Meetings in Inverness are next at the beginning of September, and then we have a wee break before the Glenfiddich and London competitions.

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These images are from a wedding in St Andrews last Saturday, 19th August, with the ceremony at the lovely Parliament Hall, followed by the reception at Forgans, just round the corner. I met a chum, Kevin Mullins, who very deftly managed to get me to play a few tunes at the new sushi restaurant in St Andrews, Kazoku. It was quite a day.

Edinburgh Castle September 2017 playing at a corporate event

Edinburgh Castle September 2017 playing at a corporate event

Dunglass Castle. A very nice Scandinavian wedding 4th October 2017

Dunglass Castle. A very nice Scandinavian wedding 4th October 2017

Happy Birthday Mary. Originally from Leith, Mary had immigrated to Australia 40 years ago and this was a home visit to celebrate her special birthday. 7th October 2017

Happy Birthday Mary. Originally from Leith, Mary had immigrated to Australia 40 years ago and this was a home visit to celebrate her special birthday. 7th October 2017

On Sunday 8th October saw return to my old school to judge their house competition

On Sunday 8th October saw return to my old school to judge their house competition

Pipe Major Rober L Kilgour sadly passed away this week in his 94th year. What a man. I owe Bob great deal. Thank you. rest in peace.

Pipe Major Rober L Kilgour sadly passed away this week in his 94th year. What a man. I owe Bob great deal. Thank you. rest in peace.

After Bobs funeral the piping community headed up to Blair Castle for the Glenfiddich Championship and the following weekend saw the last big solo-piping event in London, where I was on C grade duties judging the piobaireachd and jig competitions.

The Kensington town hall chambers was our venue and as you can see from the photo it was very stylish and good acoustically.

A different style of dress using the blue patrol style of tunic with no cross belt and plaid

A different style of dress using the blue patrol style of tunic with no cross belt and plaid

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Fear-an-tigh,   at the John MacLellan Memorial dinner 2017

Fear-an-tigh, at the John MacLellan Memorial dinner 2017

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St Mary's church, Dalmahoy 30th September Mr and Mrs MacFarlane

St Mary's church, Dalmahoy 30th September Mr and Mrs MacFarlane

Dunglass Castle

Dunglass Castle

A well earned rest at Contini.

A well earned rest at Contini.

A fine array of trophies and prizes

A fine array of trophies and prizes

Ashleigh Wood about to become Mrs Cairney. Dalmahoy, 13th October 2017

Ashleigh Wood about to become Mrs Cairney. Dalmahoy, 13th October 2017

Dundas Castle. Bottom right is a traditional Orcadian drinking vessel the the bride and groom take round to their guests

Dundas Castle. Bottom right is a traditional Orcadian drinking vessel the the bride and groom take round to their guests

Kensington Town Hall, London. 2017

Kensington Town Hall, London. 2017

It was quite a busy end to 2017 with a few winter weddings and of course Hogmanay. The following photos give flavour to the years end and there is little rest as Rabbie Burns awaits

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Dundas Castle 23rd September 2017 as the wedding season starts to calm down a bit

Dundas Castle 23rd September 2017 as the wedding season starts to calm down a bit

As the wedding season comes to an end we look forward to a winter of practice. Of course we still have the John MacLellan competition, at the Army School of Pipes and Drums on Saturday 7th October, the Glenfiddich Championship at Blair Castle at the end of October and then finally the Scottish Piping Society of London, in November, to come, but then its down tools as far competition season is concerned. Of course we have St Andrews night to prepare for and I need to get the Burns books out to brush up on some verse.

Interestingly I was concierge at Contini, Cannonball, Castle Hill, Edinburgh, last week and had a lovley night welcoming guests to the restaurant for an and of conference event. September 2017

Interestingly I was concierge at Contini, Cannonball, Castle Hill, Edinburgh, last week and had a lovley night welcoming guests to the restaurant for an and of conference event. September 2017

The new Iain McLeod trophy for the champion piper at George Heriot's School

The new Iain McLeod trophy for the champion piper at George Heriot's School

A November wedding at Dundas Castle. Mrs and Mrs Haslam-Smith. A military wedding saw an immaculate turn out from the grooms Rifle Regiment.

A November wedding at Dundas Castle. Mrs and Mrs Haslam-Smith. A military wedding saw an immaculate turn out from the grooms Rifle Regiment.

The marriage of Mr and Mrs Haslam-Smith. Dundas Castle 2017

The marriage of Mr and Mrs Haslam-Smith. Dundas Castle 2017

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