Calling the Tune

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Welcome. I play the bagpipes, teaching and performing in Central London.

I teach adults and children from beginners through to the higher levels of the Piping & Drumming Qualifications Board's playing certificates. More about my teaching practice, including frequently asked questions, is available on the left.

I am available to perform at all kinds of events, from weddings and funerals to corporate functions and international events. I have many years experience playing at these and I am happy to provide advice if you are just thinking about having a piper, with no obligation.

More information and contact details can be found on the left, plus some resources mainly intended for pipers. Please do get in touch at if I can help in any way.  I'm always happy to answer questions and respond to comments with no obligation.


21 September 2015

As the schools are heading back at the moment, the evenings are filling up fast, so if you're thinking of bagpipe lessons on an evening from Monday to Friday, be quick!

On the performance front, as summer fades the focus turns from weddings to formal dinners, parties, and similar events. It may be early, but it is definitely time to think about Burns Suppers. The 25th this year falls on the Monday. That weekend is likely to be very busy, and I am already booked on the Friday and Monday.

14 May 2015

Phew, the time is flying by! Lots of teaching going on and happily you're all still busy practising despite the sunshine...

In other news, I have set up a small slow session focusing on Scottish music in particular. We play tunes by ear (taking as long as necessary!) and are slowly building up a little repertoire of traditional favourites. Do get in touch if you'd like to come along.

27 March 2015

I'm starting to take quite a few wedding bookings for the summer at the moment; Saturdays especially are starting to get a little full up! If you're considering a booking I'd suggest moving quickly - I am quite happy to reserve a date for you until you decide whether to go ahead with your booking.

Even further in the future, I'm already taking bookings for Burns 2016! I'm still free for Hogmanay though...for now...

10 March 2015

And...we're back! Apologies if you first visited during our little outage - I upgraded webhosts, but in the process a rather vital setting got lost and it took us a few hours to find it again.

28 January 2015

Well, that's Burns Season just about over for another year - Rustic Labour has hung up his knife, the auld men are back to riving and the surviving haggis are grazing safely upon the hills. Meanwhile, evening teaching slots are still available, here and there, though it's very much first come first served at the moment. As usual, daytimes and weekends are a little more flexible. I'm also fully set up with Skype, for those of you lucky enough to live far away from London!

6 January 2015

Happy New Year! I hope Santa brought all your piping-related desires.

Burns Night is soon upon us and dates are filling up very fast; at the time of writing I have availability for the 21st and 23rd. The 17th, 18th, and 30th are also available. I do recommend booking sooner rather than later!

4 December 2014

I'll be playing at the Folk Of The Wood's Burns Night ceilidh on the 16th January. Organised by the fantastic Ceilidh Tree band, this will be a fantastic evening. Bring your dancing shoes!

7 November 2014

It's taken a while to get a printer organised, but I can now offer gift vouchers for lessons and performance.

After a dozen years or so, I've finally upgraded the site from static HTML files to something a little easier for me to keep up to date. Hopefully this will lead to me adding more material and updating more frequently.

I have moved a copy of everything that was on the site into a subdirectory called /old/ so if you were looking for, update the URL to be callingthetune/old/foo/bar/