Frank Watson, Award Winning Bagpiper

Bagpipes from Toms River, NJ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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An award winning Highland bagpiper for all occasions, Frank Watson has piped for 37 years. He has competed successfully as both a solo performer and with bands. Frank is a winner of the MacLeod Quaich and Sandy Davidson Memorial Trophy for Grade One solo piping, and first place, Grade One Piobaireached, Delco Games, as well as the 1984 "Award of Excellence" from the Chesapeake Bay Branch, EUSPBA. Frank is a piper for the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia (founded in 1747), and has piped at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Frank instructed ABC Good Morning America's Tony Perkins on the bagpipe for the 2001 annual "Job Swap." His piping is currently featured in two TV documentaries: "Death on the Railroad," a PBS documentary in the "Secrets of the Dead" series; and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut," a Smithsonian Channel documentary that was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy Award in the Best Single Documentary category, and a Celtic Media Festival award for Best Factual Documentary. Frank piped with classic rocker Bryan Adams on the song "Cuts Like a Knife" at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE, on March 14, 2011, as part of Adams' "Bare Bones Tour." He also piped for the Mahoney Brothers Band on their CD "Rock and Roll Rodeo" for the song "Half the Man." On March 9, 2012, Frank piped for the Duffy's Cut burial ceremony at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and on March 2, 2013, he piped in Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland, for the Duffy's Cut burial ceremony. On July 19, 2015 Frank piped at the burial of Duffy's Cut victim, Catherine Burns, in Clonoe, County Tyrone. He is a 2014 inductee of the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame. He holds a PhD from Drew University and is a student of the late Robert Gilchrist.
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Frank played at my son’s wedding last weekend in NJ. He was fabulous. He even took requests, which made my Irish mother very happy. The Bride and Groom were tickled pink. When he was finished playing, people wouldn’t let him leave, they all wanted selfies! I highly recommend him.

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We are so happy we booked Frank Watson for our wedding! He played beautifully and everyone loved it!

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Frank was amazing. He was very quick to respond during a very sad time for my family and played beautiful music at my aunt's funeral. I highly recommend him.

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2018
Sep
28
Funeral
Lakewood, NJ
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2018
Oct
13
Wedding
Montclair, NJ
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Jun
14
Wedding Reception
Manahawkin, NJ
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Aug
18
Wedding
Morristown, NJ
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Aug
12
Wedding
Matawan, NJ
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Jul
28
Wedding Ceremony
Belmar, NJ
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2018
Jun
20
Funeral
Toms River, NJ
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2018
Jun
9
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Spring Lake, NJ
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2018
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2
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New Brunswick, NJ
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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