Wedding Piper Steven Dewar – Biography

Competitive Career

Steven Dewar has been playing the bagpipes since 1984, he started playing when he was only 8 years old with the Bowhill and Seafield Pipe Band. He was with the band for 13 years honing his skills including winning the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 4.

He also emerged on the solo scene as a juvenile.  He placed in many junior tournaments, including winning the Fife Under 19 Championship at the age of 15. The following year finishing 2nd in the adult event. As well as many minor victories he also boasts two Bronze Medals from the Pibroch competition at the very prestigious Cowal Highland Gathering and a 2nd place at the World-renowned MacGregor Memorial Pibroch contest in Oban.

After 13 years establishing himself with the band and through the solos he made the jump straight from Grade 3 to Grade 1 with the World Famous Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, under the leadership of Pipe Major Ian Duncan. He enjoyed many successes with the band winning prizes in every major championship in the premier grade. He has played throughout the World with the ‘Vale’ in festivals and concerts. He has played on numerous recordings including the famous Millennium Concert album, the band’s ‘Live from Frankfurt’ and ‘Back to the Future’, recorded live at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 2006,  which is available on CD and DVD. He has played on countless World Championship releases.

H left Vale of Atholl in winter of 2007 to join the new Fife Constabulary Pipe Band. This band has become the first band in history to go straight in at the premier level.

H joined Peel Police Pipe Band from Mississauga, Ontario as a guest player for their 2012 season winning the North American Championships (Grade 1) and the PPBSO 2012 Band Champion Supreme Winners

H re-joined Bowhill Pipe band in 2015 to help the next generation of pipers coming through. The band have now won again prizes in every major championship in the lower grades minus the World Championships.

In 2019 Steven joined Bagad Bourbriac from Brittany. A bagad is best described as a Celtic Orchestra featuring pipes, drums and bombards as well as other instruments. Steven so far has played at Festival Interceltique – Lorient, and the Bagad Championships in Brest with the band.  An entirely different challenge to Scottish Pipe Band music, the band took 3rdplace for piping in Grade 1 in Lorient.

Professional Career

Steven has built a career for himself as one of Scotland’s foremost performing pipers. He has over 20 years of experience playing at an array of different events.

The highlights include:

Steven has travelled all over the World with his bagpipes, pretty much every country in Europe, China, USA, Canada, Taiwan, Kuwait

Since 2011 he has headed up the Scottish Music Parade, this is an international Scottish Show touring Europe and the USA to 5star acclaim wherever it goes. The idea is Scottish music and dance is presented from the traditional to the contemporary. Steven manages and directs the cast of the show. The show attracts 1000s of visitors every night. As part of this he is also the front man of the show’s inhouse band Aceltica. Aceltica have three CD releases to their name: ‘Aceltica’, ‘Devil in the Kitchen’, and ‘A man’s a man’.

Back home Steven runs his award-winning piping agency Scotia Pipers, and Corporate Company, Alba Entertainments. Alba also has a spin off company called Lit Up Events, which provide event product hire for Weddings and Events.

Through his businesses, he has been responsible for managing 1000s of events throughout the world. He has performed to hundreds of thousands of people.

As well us Piping, Steven has also become a competent DJ using his entertaining skills to host many parties. He now has some disco residencies in local hotels.

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Mr & Mrs Burns

"Professional to the highest standard!"

"So much praise for this man. Professional to the highest standard as a piper through the day and ready to bring the party at night. It's not every DJ that can get the bride to do forward roll on the dance floor. Thanks so much for making our day as special as it was."

Natalie Traynor Forsyth

"He literally made our day!!"

There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Steven is! He flew out to Faliraki, Rhodes for our wedding in September and oh my god are we glad we found Steven! I honestly believe there isn’t a better piper out there! He literally made our day!! His piping was incredible but he didn’t just turn up and play the pipes, he put on a show!

Stacy McLachlan

"Amazing!! Would definitely recommend"

"Amazing!! Would definitely recommend...Steven done our piping and DJ’ing at our wedding at the Dean Park Hotel, he was totally amazing! He had us doing the Mr and Mrs game which was a great laugh! Thanks so much."

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