There are so many creative and unique opportunities to play, in any community. I shall post information on my work in the Ottawa region. Get in touch to hire a piper, get lessons, or anything else. Always here to help!
Myself and former RCAF Pipe Major Bill Gilmour at the Army Officers Mess, Ottawa 2017.
Solo piping performances
Always unique, and always memorable!
Want to buy a helicopter? This was the place to do it! Ottawa, 2017 - Westin Hotel. https://vimeo.com/243776901
Listen to Pipe Major Bethany Bisaillion's breaking interview with Alan Neal on CBC's All In a Day where she describes what it was like to meet and perform for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, August 19th, 2013
Check out the piece aired by CBC News Ottawa: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Ottawa/ID/2399839028/
As well as a clip from CTVs Canada AM:
There are times when you get to meet famous people, or make friends with famous people through your fabulous friends.
During the recording of my 1997 cd 'The Romance of the Pipes' I got to work with sound engineer Barry Ainsworth from London who's worked with some of the most notable names in rock and roll, and some of their well-known tracks. I got to learn that Barry worked with David Bowie, Queen, and Genesis, Supertramp, Rush, The Kinks and Deep Purple.....and it was through Barry that I got to talk to Phil Collins, who's an amateur piper and now fan of the band. I sent Phil a band t shirt, and he sent us an autographed drum head from his kit. A tradition was born.....
Met Roger Hodgson through my pal Trevor. Roger had a piper on his track 'Along Came Mary' which is a great tune, and I kept in touch with him over the years so when his tour brought him to Ottawa he invited me to play onstage with him. My entourage of 2 was massive and very happy to be there with me, and I with them, and the night was amazing. This man is a gentleman and great talent, and am looking forward to playing with him again.....and the fact that 'Breakfast in America' was engineered by Barry Ainsworth is an interesting coincidence....the world is small and surprising.....
After playing at the Hamilton Military Tattoo in 1996, I was invited to be part of the "Romance of the Pipes" and also signed to Valentine Music in London. Bandleader now controls my print sales worldwide of my music!
Roger Hodgson, former lead singer of Supertramp
Sometimes you get a magnificent opportunity to be part of a project that celebrates people from coast to coast. In 2000, the great Johnny Bagpipes, piping comedian from British Columbia came up with an idea to interview people who all held interesting day jobs but had piping in common. That project became the documentary 'They Pipe Among Us' and the subsequent 'They Pipe Among Us Too' was interviews and out takes from the first one. And there were a few....please watch and enjoy! Oh, and keep piping.
The fiddling giant Ashley MacIsaac - having met Ashley in Winnipeg back in 1998, we had the chance to play at WestFest as his opening band, and it was just fantastic to be asked to play that great festival. We hope to be back in 2016 to perform again!
The boys from Sloan. Love their music, and were honoured to open for them and the Mahones at Beau's Oktoberfest in 2013 - what a night that was!!
On April 7, 2006, the pipe band became the first one to ever play at the famed CBGB Lounge in NYC.
I get asked to play with bands around Ottawa including 'Royal Ottawa', 'Flow 14' and 'In Heat' - its so great to be asked, and every show and band is unique. Rock and roll!
When the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band travelled to Scotland and Ireland in August, 2015, we had the great honor of performing alongside our friends in the 'Canadian Massed Pipes and Drums' Pipe Band which had players from every province and territory in Canada. After the concert on August 19 at Balmoral Castle which included Her Majesty The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl and Countess of Essex and their children, the officers of the massed band were invited to meet Her Majesty and have a quick conversation. Having been to Balmoral just 2 years previous, I was welcomed with a warm smile and a lovely hello from Her Majesty. A wonderful occasion which I spoke about upon our return on Canada's national tv morning show, Canada AM. I welcome you to have a look at the clip here....can you catch me talking about Princess Charlotte looking like a 'Maple Leaf Sausage'? Live tv....! CANADA AM
Our wonderful friends in Scotland, Canada and Australia put together a monthly newspaper called 'The Scottish Banner' which has loads of terrific information on Scottish history, events, memories, recipes - with lovely photos and contributors. They are a great supporter of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, and terrific folk! Pick up your copy at your local newsagent, and enjoy a great read!