Mr. Robert Burns (of late) cordially invites you to a celebration of his birth!

“Burns: The Man and the Music.” Guest Jim Motherwell, former Queen’s Own Piper (arrives Jan 20, leaves Jan 27, sponsored by pipe band)

The Caledonian Society of Hawaii’s Annual Robert Burns Supper Saturday, January 23, 2010.


Jim Motherwell

B.E.M., Pipe Major at Eton, 10th Queen’s Piper


Pipe Major Motherwell, a native of Kilsyth, Scotland, learned the pipes from his father and Duncan Johnstone. He joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders In 1980 and became Pipe Major in 1992.


Jim has toured the United States four times, two of them with Columbia Artists which included 42 states and 76 cities in a three month period. He has also played for President Bush (Senior) in the White House and President Bush (Junior), and President Clinton in Buckingham Palace. While Pipe Major to the Argyll’s, Jim travelled to the Vatican to play for the late John Paul 11.


Jim became Her Majesty The Queen’s Piper in 1998, a position from which he retired in 2003. He was the tenth piper to hold this position since 1843. His duties meant spending most of his year between Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyrood House, Balmoral Castle and Windsor Castle. Since leaving Royal Service Jim has played for many celebrities, including personally for Joan Collins at her wedding, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Shirley Bassey, Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley. In the last year Jim has played concerts in Turkey, Norway, Las Vegas, Moscow, Mexico and New York. In the last five years Jim has been asked to play solo at The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall in London on three occasions.


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