Last Saturday I performed at the Bridgeport Brewery in NW for a Portland Bagpipe Wedding. What a splendid evening it was. I opened the set with a set of 6/8 marches while the Bridesmaid and Groomsmen shuffled in. I quickly cut my bagpipes and got into position. When the glowing bride and euphoric father gave me the nod, I struck up my pipes and played “Duncan McGillvary”, a classic 6/8 march. Because the room was rather small, I found myself at the arbor before I was through the second part. Normally, I complete the tune but I forced myself to cut my pipes early. I didn’t want to make everyone wait for me. The spotlight was on the bride and groom.
After the short ceremony, I led them out with a rousing “John Barclay”, a beautiful and light 6/8 march. Again, I found myself only completing half the tune because of the distance.
For the toast, I played the traditional “Scotland the Brave”, in which everyone clinked their glasses and gave a salute to a long and promising marriage. The champagne was a flowing.
To conclude the evening, I played what pipers like to call the Medley, which is a series of Hornpipes, Jigs, Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels. After a full stomach of steak and wine, my body was reeling and ready to play.
The evening was light and young. The wedded couple sure picked an excellent place to throw a wedding. Complete with a rustic look, a lavish bar, abstract art and amazing acoustics, it was a bagpipers paradise (well, my paradise at least). I handed my card to the party coordinator. Hopefully, I will back.
Thanks to Bob and Jessica. I wish you two the best.