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James Meiklejohn Bagpipes is a professional bagpipe player based out of Cardiff, Wales. Passionate musician James began bagpiping at a young age, starting at school pipe bands and eventually graduating to competitive community ensembles. His vast experience with the bagpipe has lent to his extensive music repertoire, allowing him to effortlessly play for traditional and contemporary events. James is an advocate for the classic art of bagpiping and is dedicated to sharing it with the world, one event at a time.

Services Offered

James Meiklejohn Bagpipes can perform modern and traditional music for a range of celebrations, including ceremonies, receptions, parties and funerals. He offers a flexible service, playing for your preferred duration to ensure his performance meets your requirements. James is open to learning new music not featured in his repertoire upon request and is happy to travel throughout Wales, London, the South West, and Midlands to perform for your milestone occasion.

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Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Ceremony music
Dance music

What is included in the wedding package?

I can for example play - as friends and family arrive at the church - entrance to the service - exit from service - during photos/ confetti - arrival at reception - to top table

How far in advance should I contact you?

As early as possible! Am generally booked up months in advance for popular days

What style of music do you offer?


Type of musical group:


Size of group:



Wide range of traditional and modern music, please ask!

Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?

Yes, let me know and I can learn something for you (so long as an arrangement exists)

What's your experience?

Highly experienced, feature at around 30 different events each year

Do you have your own equipment?


Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?


Can you travel?

Yes, the South West up to the Midlands, London, and much of Wales

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, depends on how long it takes

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?


What is the length of time of the act?

Depends what you require!

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

Around 20 minutes to warm up but prefer to have an hour

Do you do open-air acts?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

Around £35 per hour, negotiable

What are the forms of payment?

Cash, card, bank transfer and cheque all accepted
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Reviews for James Meiklejohn Bagpipes

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Helen S. Sent on 02/12/2022
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Amazing piper

James was a brilliant piper and an amazing addition to our wedding day. He is very responsive to messages and happy to accommodate requests. We only met him on the big day itself as he travelled quite a distant but he was friendly and happy to work with our requests. We would 100% recommend James. Thank you for making our day extra special.
Emmeline M. Sent on 02/09/2022
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Excellent piper

We were so pleased to have James piping at our wedding. He was really easy to communicate with and helpfully sent a list of recommended songs for various parts of the day but was also flexible in saying he would play anything! His piping was fantastic and brought a tear to my eye before I walked down the aisle. So many people commented on how much they liked the bag pipes. James is super friendly, very skilled and we would recommend him without any hesitation!
Pebbles M. Sent on 28/08/2022
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20/08/2022 wedding of mr & mrs Mcleman

James contacted me after I completed a search request looking for a bagpiper for our wedding, he was so pleasant and helpful we decided to book James! We did not regret this decision! James arrived to us on the Friday night due to train strikes, on the wedding day he was absolutely fantastic, the tunes we requested was outstanding and he went above and beyond for what we wanted. If we need a bagpiper again I would not hesitate to book James again. The compliments we received from all our guests saying he was fantastic was numerous! Would totally recommend
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