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Old 09-23-2019, 02:42 PM   #11
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I was once tuning up in the parish hall to get ready for a wedding I'd been hired to play when a friend of mine, also a piper, showed up. He too had been hired for the wedding. Apparently the bride's mother was a belt-and-braces sort of woman and had been contracting two of quite a lot of things. The father of the bride was at his wit's end. At that point there were two limousines, two wedding cakes, and two pipers and it was early yet. He had already paid one limousine to go away and paid for the 2d wedding cake and kept it. My friend Dave played for the wedding and got the full fee; I got $100 to go home. Which I did. So I don't know how many other duplicates arrived later.
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:25 PM   #12
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There was one funeral where THREE pipers were hired by various members of the family... we all knew each other, so once we got the tuning sorted we all played, and all got paid.

The easiest gig ever was the University graduation I've done for nearly 20 years now. One year they called and said one of that year's grads was a piper and wanted to do it. They paid me my regular fee, to stay home that year.
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I was once tuning up in the parish hall to get ready for a wedding I'd been hired to play when a friend of mine, also a piper, showed up. He too had been hired for the wedding. Apparently the bride's mother was a belt-and-braces sort of woman and had been contracting two of quite a lot of things. The father of the bride was at his wit's end. At that point there were two limousines, two wedding cakes, and two pipers and it was early yet. He had already paid one limousine to go away and paid for the 2d wedding cake and kept it. My friend Dave played for the wedding and got the full fee; I got $100 to go home. Which I did. So I don't know how many other duplicates arrived later.
Phew! for a minute there I was afraid there'd be two grooms.
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Old 09-24-2019, 04:48 AM   #14
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Phew! for a minute there I was afraid there'd be two grooms.
....the other one got away..?
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:46 AM   #15
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... the extra groom got paid to go home.

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Old 09-24-2019, 09:52 AM   #16
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... the extra groom got paid to go home.

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Old 09-24-2019, 04:02 PM   #17
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have to admit that I was in Vancouver Canada a few years ago and I paid a "street piper" 20 bucks to stop playing til I got out of earshot. Bad sound...
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Old 09-25-2019, 12:10 PM   #18
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Phew! for a minute there I was afraid there'd be two grooms.
There might have been. I didn't wait around long enough to find out.
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:24 AM   #19
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A few years ago I was surfing the web videos for some new crowd-pleasing material for St. Pat's and stumbled upon an impressive piper, Heath Richardson, playing on stage with the Oxford, England band "Slainte" who went through Silver Spear and Clumsy Lover at the rate of 140bpm. When I went searching for other videos of this guy all I could find were multiple news clips of how he had been annoying merchants daily on Cornmarket Street for 14 years with his busking. Apparently, they never considered the option of paying him to not play!
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