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January 2017 and it’s Burns season. I have been asked to play at many Burns Suppers, and for me all are very enjoyable.

I was asked to play at the St Monan’s Community Council Burns Supper in the East Neuk of Fife being held in the Mayview Hotel.

The East Neuk, if you have never been, is one of the hidden gems of Scotland. ‘Neuk’ is an old Scots word meaning corner and runs around the East Peninsular of Fife. The East Neuk comprises of fishing villages along its coast such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and Elie. However, the village that is never thought about is St Monan’s. Its home to the 13th century Kirk that looks onto the Bass Rock and the Isle of May and is also the site of a major battle between the Scots and the English in the 16th century!

But enough about the History, that’s for you to explore!

The night started off in rather a quiet fashion. I was asked to go through to the bar and wait to be called through. It turned out that crews from a couple of fishing boats had come in for a very well-earned night off. Before the official night began, I was asked to play some tunes in the bar. So started a very impromptu Ceilidh! Nobody really minded that a ‘Gay Gordons’ and one team ‘Dashing White Sergeant’ around the pool table are not really supposed to mix, but nobody minded. 

What seemed like seconds later, I was called through to the entrance of the function room. The atmosphere was exciting. I was introduced to the 2017 May Queen who was going to be carrying in the haggis. I could hear the thump of the gavel on the table and I knew that was my cue. I struck the pipes and led in a very handsome looking haggis to ‘A Man’s a Man for aw that’ and ‘Rantin’, Roving Robin.’ 
These are both famous poems put to music By the Bard Robbie Burns. Very appropriate for the occasion.

I decided to play ‘Scotland the Brave’ as I made my way out of the function suite along the corridor straight back into the bar. What I did not realise was that the Ceilidh was still in full swing and I was more than happy to help it along!! 
It was a very special night that will not be forgotten for a long while.


'It was a great pleasure to have Alan playing at our Burns Supper. He added a real touch of Scotland to our event and I’m sure it’s not just the community council that will be looking forward to having him back in our village again.'

Monica Ramsey, St Monans Community Council

A really lovely post which Bruce and Jenni loved. Everyone I talked to said what I wonderful job you did, the Pipes just adds that special touch to an event, I thought you were outstanding. Many thanks again.
We booked Alan to pipe at my father in laws funeral last week and we were delighted with the service. Alan took the pain out of this part of organising by dealing directly with the funeral director including times, arrangements and payment.
"Having Alan at our wedding made the event so special and provided beautiful music for our church yard wedding. Despite a 6 month delay due to COVID, Alan was flexible, professional and was relaxed on the day."
It's my third wedding of the year and it's the last week in October! I'm glad to say that I'm back in one of my favourite area's of Scotland, Lochaber! to be precise St John's church, Ballachulish near Glencoe. Autumn is in full glow.
So the strange times continue and this is only my second wedding this year and it’s now the start of September!
We really enjoyed having Allander Pipers play at our wedding! We are not originally from Scotland and it was wonderful to have traditional music playing as we walked out from the ceremony.
Alan, thank you for playing the pipes at my Mums funeral today. it was very moving and everyone commented on how lovely it was. Many thanks, Vicki.
Alan, I just wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you from myself and all the family, you did a great job and made the whole service so much more dignified. My dad must be so proud of his beautiful send off. Many Thanks, Stephen McKinnon
Hi Alan, thank you so much for a beautiful tribute to my brother everyone was making lovely comments about your piping thank you so much.
Today I have been asked to play at the wedding reception of Christophe and David at the splendid venue of Studio 93in Garriochmill Road, right next to the stunning Botantic Gardens.
I had been asked about a month ago to play the pipes at my friend Ciorsti’s wedding at Bonawe House, Taynuilt near Oban. Naturally I said yes so, ALLANDER PIPERS was on the road up north.
It’s Friday evening and I’m heading out to Govan to Play with the Govan Schools and Community Pipe Band for the crowning of the Queen ceremony at the Govan fair.
So, it’s a glorious day and I’m heading to Marr Hall, Erskine on the banks of the mighty River Clyde for the wedding of Sydnee and Fraser.
Today I visited St. Mary’s primary school in Maryhill, Glasgow. It’s the grand opening of their new MUGA (multi use games area). I had been asked to play the pipes for the arrival of their V.I.P. guest but had been sworn to secrecy as to who it was.
It’s a cold crisp Saturday afternoon at the Cottier Bar, Restaurant and Wedding venue in the heart of Glasgow’s Westend and I’m at one my favourite venues
It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch.
I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris.
It was a great pleasure to have Alan playing at our Burns Supper. He added a real touch of Scotland to our event and I’m sure it’s not just the community council that will be looking forward to having him back in our village again.
In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
‘Alan is a highly professional musician who plays to the highest standard. He is a real people person with a passion for piping and he provides a friendly, professional service’
A magnificent venue for a Wedding Reception, The Lodge on the Loch on the banks of Loch Lomond. Congratulations to Vicky and Daniel.