We are Mark & Kate Cushing/ Finger Lakes Pipe Band out of Ithaca, NY. We are professional musicians and can offer you several performance options for your event: Bagpiper[s], Celtic Duo, Celtic harp, accordion, flute/whistle, guitar smallpipes, cello and gamba. We book performances for concerts, weddings, funeral and special events.
Here is what we can offer for ensembles:
1] Solo/Duo bagpipers: We are both pipers of high quality and over 30 years experience, and can provide anything from 1 or 2 bagpipers, to a whole bagpipe band for your event. Mark is an Open level piper, and an EUSPBA Accredited piping judge, and Pipe Major of Finger Lakes Pipe Band - a Grade 4 level competition band.
2] Celtic Duo: In addition to playing the Great Highland Bagpipe, between us we also play Celtic harp, accordion, flute/whistle, guitar & smallpipes in various combinations. We do mostly traditional Scottish & Irish instrumentals - jigs, reels, airs and marches, with the occasional song.
3] Celtic Trio: Same as 2 above, but with the addition of a singer - our daughter Elspeth Cushing, we do more than half of our performances as songs/ballads
4] We have a full bagpipe band - Finger Lakes Pipe Band, with 8-12 pipers, and 5-8 drummers available
5] Kate also plays cello, and Viola da Gamba, and can offer classical music with string trios or quartets, or early/Rennaisance music on Gamba or Fidel.