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Scots piper gets Madonna call-up
Guy Ritchie with son Rocco
Madonna first invited the piper to play at son Rocco's christening
A Scottish bagpiper has spoken of his shock at apparently being asked to join pop star Madonna's forthcoming tour.

Calum "Spud" Fraser said he thought it was a "wind-up" when the pop queen's agent called and asked him to join the five-month trip across four continents.

The 37-year-old is now getting ready to be whisked to New York from his home in the Scottish Highlands for rehearsals.

Mr Fraser played at the christening of Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie's son Rocco in December 2000.

But he was first spotted by the American singer when she arrived at Inverness Airport for her wedding to Mr Ritchie in 2000.

When I got this e-mail from Madonna's agent I thought it was a wind-up
Spud Fraser

Dressed in kilt and sporran, he welcomed the star to Scotland by piping his version of her hit Like A Virgin.

Madonna was so taken by the Tartan Army piper from Grantown-on-Spey that she asked him to play at Rocco's christening at Dornoch Cathedral.

Although Madonna's tour management company says plans for a bagpiper to join her upcoming tour have yet to be confirmed, Mr Fraser says he is ready.

"I'm absolutely overwhelmed, I just can't take it in yet.

"When I got this e-mail from Madonna's agent I thought it was a wind-up.

"But when I rang the number I was talking to this girl in Long Beach, California. She asked if could I do it and I said: 'Yes, why not'."

'Sore point'

Mr Fraser, whose biggest audience so far has been 2,000 at the Glasgow Barrowland concert venue, is now preparing a bagpipe version of his favourite Madonna song, Papa Don't Preach.

He said: "It will be amazing playing on front of such huge crowds.

"It will be the experience of a lifetime but I'm well up for it.

"It's a bit of a sore point with my fiancee as Madonna is one of the most famous women in the world but she's behind me 100%."

Madonna's Whore of Babylon World Tour 2004 is scheduled to begin in June in San Francisco and will play 32 dates in the US, followed by up to 15 European concerts, including in Britain.

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