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Sydnee & Fraser's Wedding - Marr Hall - June

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.
This time I’m with my good friend and colleague Ian Watson. He is a fantastic PIPER with loads of experience and was more than happy to help out ALLANDER PIPERS with what was shaping up to be a very glitzy affair. Sydnee and Fraser had stipulated that they wanted two pipers to set off their big a little differently.
If you’ve never been to Marr hall it is set in two hundred acres of the Earl of Mar’s estate. The building was started in 1828 and was completed in 1845. The stone was quarried locally while the oak for the very impressive beamed roof was imported from Canada.
Mar was once one of the seven Pictish kingdoms. Its rulers were known as Marmoers who took the title of the Earls of Mar in 1024 making it the oldest title in the whole of Great Britain.
Both Ian and I were in our Royal Stewart tartan kilts and jackets taking me back to our days in the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and I must say we looked very smart. We kicked off proceeding with the ‘Green Hills of Tyrol’ a solid stirring retreat march to get us in the swing of things.
The wedding took place in the function suite which is a short walk from Marr Hall itself.  We played Sydnee across and into her wedding with ‘The Brown-Haired Maid’. After Half an hour and a coffee. Later we played the happy couple and their guests back to the hall with the ‘Atholl Highlanders and ‘PM Donald Maclean of Lewis’ for a drinks reception.
An hour later and it was time to go back to the function suite which had now been transformed into a fantastic dining room. Ian and I wooed the guests out of the Hall with ‘Highland Cathedral’ before marching back with the bulk of the guests to the sound of ‘Scotland the Brave and ‘The Black Bear’.
So, it was nearly time to call it a day at Marr Hall but not before we played the happy couple to their seats with ‘Murdo’s Wedding’. The cheering was so loud that at one point I couldn’t hear my pipes.
Another fantastic afternoon and ALLANDER PIPERS look forward to being back at Marr Hall, Erskine again.
 

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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.
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"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."
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch.
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I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris.
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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.
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In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
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‘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’
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A magnificent venue for a Wedding Reception, The Lodge on the Loch on the banks of Loch Lomond. Congratulations to Vicky and Daniel.
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