Bagpiper John Campbell, A Scottish Highland Bagpiper in South Wales & Adjacent Counties

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www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Cardiff, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A huge Congratulations to the lovely Courtney & Matthew, who were married today at New House Country Hotel in Thornhill Cardiff. I Bagpiped for arriving guests, some of which had travelled from USA. A Celtic mix of Land of my Fathers & Flower of Scotland during the signing of the register, before Bagpiping out of the ceremony to Scotland the Brave and continuing during Wedding Drinks & Photographs. A great day :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Canton & Llantwit Major, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Enjoyable day yesterday Bagpiping for the Wedding of Gwen & Craig. The service took place in Chapel Salem in Canton & later at Rosedew Farm Llantwit Major. The whole day was a celtic mix of Scottish & Welsh, which reflected in the many styles of music. Congratulations to a lovely couple :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Garden Event: Cirencester, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Stardate: Sunday, 7am, 13th August, 2017.

Location: Near Cirencester, Cotswolds.

Mission: Following a big family get together, Surprise sleepy camped families with "Amazing Grace & Danny Boy" on Bagpipes at 7am.

Optional Extra: Wakeup local neighbourhood with same :-)

Mission accomplished: Tidy :-) (Home for Tea & Toast)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Funeral: Ely, Cardiff, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 13, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday 11th August,  I attended the interment of a Grangetown gentleman. The church service took place in St. Patrick's Church and I met the cortege on arrival at Western Cemetery. My condolences to the family & friends.

Working with the professional James Summers & Son Funeral Directors of #Penarth


www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): War Museum Open Day: Barry Island, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 12, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Had a thoroughly enjoyable day today, Bagpiping for the start of Barry War Museum Open Day on Barry Island. Enthusiasts dressed in period clothing, displayed memorabilia, played war time music and included 'Lindy Hop' dancers. A fashion show of period costumes also took place on the platform of the attached railway station. I played for the raising of the Welsh & Union Flags & at other appropriate moments. Visitors were invited to view the museum and all the other displays & ask questions. A great day out :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Funeral: Port Talbot, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 12, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

My condolences to the Port Talbot family & many mourners for yesterday's funeral of a gentleman who originated from Scotland. The service took place at Margam Crematorium.

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): World Amateur Solo Piping Champs, Glasgow, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Louise & I returned earlier this morning from Glasgow. I was competing in the World Amateur Solo Piping Championships. Although I wasn't in the prize list placings this time round, I had a 5th Place in the Jig event. World renowned Bagpiper Willie McCallam was our judge for the day. His critique sheets were very positive, praising many aspects of the separate events, which included: Classical Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey & Reel, finishing with the Jig.

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Bridgend, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 6, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A great pleasure today Bagpiping at Kayley & Alistair's Wedding at Bryngarw House Hotel near Bridgend. I played a Celtic repertoire of Welsh & Scottish Favourites selected by Kayley. Congratulations & best wishes to a lovely couple :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Ceridigion, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 6, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Geraint & Eleri who were married at Llanddeiniol Church in Llanrhystud nr Aberystwyth Ceredigion yesterday. After Bagpiping for the arrival of 150 guests, I piped the Bride & Groom out of Church to a 'Guard of Honour' of Wedding decorated pitch forks. Best wishes to the Happy Couple for their future together :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Charity Event: Brecon Beacons, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 6, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Bagpiping Friday night 4th August, for Moonwalk II on Brecon Beacons for St David's Hospice Care with Brecon Mountain Rescue Team in attendance. After leading the start & playing at intervals up the route to the summit, we reached Pen Y Fan summit & a clear moon at 10pm. Congratulations to the 600+ walkers in support of St David's Hospice Care.

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Cardiff, Aug, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on August 3, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Thasmina & Imran, who were married today in the splendid Cardiff City Hall. I played the Bagpipes for the arrival of over 800 guests until the arrival of the Groom. 


www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Funeral: Wenvoe, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 27, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

At Wenvoe Church (St. Mary's) Cardiff yesterday for the funeral of a local lady. I Bagpiped on the approach of the Horse Drawn Carriage, played in & out of the church and for the committal at Cardiff and Glamorgan Memorial Park and Crematorium Our condolences to the many family & friends in attendance.

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Birthday Surprise: Cardiff, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 26, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My 3rd visit today to surprise Scottish born Agnes on her 21+ Birthday. After the initial surprise, I played a multitude of familiar tunes for Agnes & fellow residents to sing along too. Happy Birthday & best wishes Agnes :-)


www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Funeral: Neath, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 25, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Attended the Funeral in St. David's Church today, for the service of a Scots born #Neath resident who passed recently. My participation included Bagpiping for the arrival of the cortege, leading into the service & for the interment at Llantwit Cemetery, also in Neath. Our condolences to the family & friends.

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Abergavenny & Brecon, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 23, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Delighted to be part of Jamie Lee & Rhys's Wedding Day in Govilon Abergavenny & later at Peterstone Court Brecon Beacons yesterday.

An all day participation for me, Bagpiping for guests arrival, leading the couple from the church, leading into the Wedding Breakfast & more. Congratulations to the happy couple :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Cirencester, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 23, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Joe & Sue who married at the Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester on the 15th July 2017.  I played as the guests assembled, during the Wedding Drinks & Photographs, then led the happy couple into the Wedding Breakfast. All the very best to you both for your future together :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Newport Wales, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 9, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Louise & I wanted to offer our massive Congratulations to the lovely Sam & Craig, who were married at the stunning Celtic Manor Resort yesterday. It was an all day participation for me, initially as a Surprise.

I Bagpiped for the Wedding Ceremony, leading Sam into "Highland Cathedral", the Reception & for Arrival of Evening Guests. A fantastic day for all :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Charity Event: Brecon Beacons, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I led the start of the 3rd #Moonwalk to the #PenYFan summit last night, in aid of St David's Hospice Care. Another well organised event where fund raisers received a kit check by Brecon Beacons Mountain Rescue before setting off.

Every few 100 metres I paused to play a medley of tunes as walkers progressed up the track. At the summit I finished with an extended medley of tunes including familiar favourites as participants paused for photos on the summit :-) Well done everyone :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Llanerch Vineyard Hensol, July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 8, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Kirsty & Andrew, who were married at Llanerch Vineyard Hensol on Thursday.  A full day involvment for me, Bagpiping as a complete surprise for guests for the Ceremony, participation in the Wedding Breakfast and for the arrival of Evening guests.  All the very best to them both :-)

www.johncampbellbagpiper.webs.com (The Bagpiper in South Wales): Wedding: Creigiau (Cardiff), July, 2017

Posted by johncampbellbagpiper on July 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A glorious day today Bagpiping for the Wedding of Roxene & Luke at the stunning Canada Lodge & Lake. I led the Bride into the ceremony to "Highland Cathedral", played two theme tunes from the Braveheart movie during the signing of the register, Bagpiping the newlyweds out to the 'Jig' "Corkhill". Following some sessions during drinks & photos, I then led the happy couple into the Wedding Breakfast. A fantastic Day.


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