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The Piper On Parade Blog

News and information about piping and events throughout the Highlands of Scotland.

Wedding Haggis with a Chilli

I had a great day on Saturday piping at the beautiful Kilmonivaig Church in Lochaber and later at The Lovat on Lochness.

It was a first for me at a wedding where I played the Haggis in for it to be addressed by none other than the bride herself, and she was pretty good with my dirk when it came to ensuring its demise!

The other first, and great delight for me was meeting Stuart Cassells of Red Hot Chilli Pipers fame, he sought me out and having introduced himself we spoke as pipers do; who we know in the piping world and with whom and where we had played, I thoroughly enjoyed his company for the short time . What gave me a real kick was later seeing the guests including Stuart on their feet stamping, clapping and cheering as I played the Atholl Highlanders. I thought to myself how often have I sat and listened to the Chillis and marvelled at their musical ability and here was one of them appreciating my playing.

It gave me a real boost and was a fine end to a lovely wedding.