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Emma & Steven's Wedding - February 2018

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.

Originally, it was Dowanhill Parish church being built in 1865. The bar, restaurant and venue takes its name from Daniel Cottier the artist and designer (an influential figure in the art world at that time) who decorated its interior throughout.

If you’re passing, it’s well worth a visit not just for the experience in the bar or restaurant but to take a look at the interior design. Its stunning and timeless and perfect for any celebration.

The Bride Emma looked stunning in her wedding dress and was carrying a beautiful heather and thistle bouquet. I piped her into the venue from her car with the Tune ‘The Brown-Haired Maid’ (even though she has blonde hair)!!

At the conclusion of the ceremony I piped both Emma and her new husband Steven from the venue to ‘Mharies Wedding,’ to rapturous applause from their friends and family, very fitting!

The warm and relaxed atmosphere of the wedding party made sure that the cold bite of a February day was well and truly at the door.

After a brief pause the staff very quickly turned the theatre from the formal wedding setting into a stunning dining room. The stained glass high in the theatre added splashes winter colour whilst Cottiers original designs gave you the feeling that you could have been sitting down for dinner in mythical castle somewhere.

Emma and Steven and I were deep in conversation about Cottiers and similar haunts in the Westend that the young lady who was the MC had announced the Bride and Groom, but we had not appeared! So with that I Played the Happy couple to their seats with a rendition of ‘Rab’s Wedding’ before playing myself out of Cottiers and home.

A fantastic afternoon in one of my all-time favourite places!

Best wishes to Emma and Steven for their future together.


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.