Scottish Country Wedding

A barn, bagpipes, and Six Nations of the Grand River. What do they all have in common? A wedding of course!

On Saturday, I had a great time piping for a country-themed, hipster-style, subtly Scottish wedding at the “The Barn” in Oshweken, a venue that makes you feel like you’re in a barn, minus the flies and “fresh country air” (if you know what I mean).

The bride and groom had decided not to have a formal receiving line or to be piped straight to the head table. Instead, once we made our entrance into the packed venue, I made my way partly up the balcony stairway and the bridal party dispersed into the crowd to mingle.

Bride and Groom in barn

A short time later, I had to play for the dinner call. I thought the tune Brose and Butter would be suiting as it’s traditionally used to signal to the troops that dinner is served. (My recording of the tune can be heard below.)

So, high above the crowd, similar to a military tattoo, I played my final tune for the wedding. Not quite like the lament at the end of a tattoo, but this was of course only the beginning of the night for the bride and groom and their guests.I wish the newlyweds all the best!

— Andrew

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