Bagpiper Bryce McCulloch courtesy of John Carroll Photography, Glasgow

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BRYCE McCULLOCH, HIGHLAND PIPER

Hello,

My name is Bryce McCulloch. I am 50 years old and I have played the Scottish Highland Bagpipes for 26 years. I play the highland bagpipes because I love the instrument and wish to share its Scottish music culture and traditions to as many people as possible.

In my early 20s I wished that I had persevered with my school violin music lessons; but after some grief from my friends, regretfully, I dropped the music lessons. I was about to begin the violin again when, out of the blue, my brother Gordon gave me a highland bagpipe practice chanter as a Christmas present. I did not look back. It was the best present I ever received. I practiced for hours each night and eventually joined my local band, Maybole Pipe Band. After I was confident with my playing in the band and comfortable with an audience I slowly developed my solo piping career.


Piper Bryce McCulloch - Scottish Highland Bagpiper
 

Piping Career of Bryce:

Bryce and Kai Uwe - Scotland German Night

Since those early days I have developed into a good steady piper, (not my words), with both Solo piping and Band piping experience. I concentrate my playing as a Solo Piper although I played with the Maybole Pipe Band at the beginning.
After five years band experience I was offered the grand position of Resident wedding piper at Culzean Castle Ayrshire, Scotland. In (1997) I became Resident Piper at the Station Hotel, Ayr, Scotland, and, through word of mouth enquiries and recommendations I keep busy piping at Weddings, Robert Burns Suppers and events where people require the sound of the Scottish highland bagpipes. I am now also the resident event piper at The Westin Turnberry Resort and Golf courses. Over the past 16 years I have played at over 900 weddings. In September 2009 I was invited to join the recommended list for the award winning Lochside House Hotel, New Cumnock. 

 

 

 

Other InstrumentsBagpiper Bryce McCulloch courtesy John Carroll Photography, Glasgow

I also play the Scottish Small Pipes, a traditional lowland pipe that has recently become more popular due to the array of new tunes written especially for it. The sound of this instrument is ideally suited to indoor entertainment and blends in well with other instruments like violin, guitar, accordion and Clarsach. This is a discipline that I would like to develop further as it is a rediscovered instrument well suited to modern day traditional entertainment. I have played this instrument with the company of Patricia Roberts, Clarsach, guitar and vocals during diners as a recital or just for some background traditional music. Please refer to Patricia's site for more information on her.

I have also started learning the guitar with Brian Cunningham but this at present in the early stages of development and I have not mastered it sufficiently to play in public. My wife Jane must have the patience of a Saint to cope with my hours of dedicated practice.

 


Wedding & Funeral LOCATIONS: Airdrie, Alloway, Ardrossan, Ayr, Ayrshire, Balloch, Banknock, Bishopbriggs, Bothwell, Bearsden, BLANTYRE, Cambuslang, Cardonald, Coatbridge, Cumbria, Cumbernauld, Cumnock, Drymen, Dumfries, Dunblane, Dundee, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Fintry, Girvan, Glasgow, Gourock, Greenock, Hamilton, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Largs, Loch Lomond, Melrose, Milngavie, Motherwell, Paisley, Perth, Penrith, Port Glasgow, Port Patrick, Renfrew, Rutherglen, Seamill, StevensTon, Stranraer, Strathblane, Stirling, Troon, Turnberry, West Kilbride, Wishaw, Yorkshire.

 I can provide a piping service at weddings and other events just about anywhere in Scotland or Northern England. 

 

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