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Neil Womelduff

Bagpipes from Bethesda, MD - Will travel up to 400 miles
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$200 - $600 per event
Hello, and thanks for taking the time to check out my page! I am a professional musician with twenty years of experience living in the DC area. My primary instrument is the Great Highland Bagpipes, which I have played since the age of eleven. I perform professionally on that instrument, as well as the Scottish Borderpipes, the Irish Bouzouki (mandocello), and the Irish tin whistle. I am frequently called upon to perform for weddings, funerals, birthdays, golf tournaments and corporate events, as well as session work in the recording studio, and hymnal music for church events.

Having grown up in a musical family as a second generation bagpiper, I have been fortunate enough to have played at the highest level both as a soloist and in bagpipe bands in Kansas City, Chicago, and Maryland, having successfully competed and performed across the US, Canada, and Scotland.

During the summer of 2007 I had the unique opportunity to live in Edinburgh, Scotland where I worked as a musician and studied traditional bagpipe music and Scottish folk music. In 2009, I was awarded a scholarship to study Scottish music at a retreat in the Molise region of central Italy where I received instruction from some of the top instructors from the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. The experience also included immersion in the traditional bagpipe music of Italy...much like making handmade pasta, something I am still working to master ;)

Recent performances include a concert with Emmy Award-winning producer and folk singer Connie Dover, a 50th anniversary concert with Ireland's Grammy award-winners The Chieftains at the world's premier concert hall, The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, as well as countless happy newlyweds, golf pros, and churchgoers.

I have a very large repertoire of music including traditional Scottish and Irish pieces, as well as American patriotic and religious music. I am always happy to learn new pieces of music or adapt popular songs or hymnal music for the bagpipes whenever possible. If you have a particular request in mind please inquire. I am also happy to offer suggestions for appropriate music for nearly any occasion. Additional musicians available upon request.

Please email or call to discuss rates and other details at your convenience. I will be happy to offer the highest quality professional performance available in the region.

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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

Memorial Service

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Neil was the perfect person to play at my husband's memorial. He was early, he played flawlessly, and he was professional and well prepared. He was able to play the classical selections my husband loved with dignity and expertise. He also played at the family gathering at an Irish pub after the service. I have received so many warm and positive comments about Neil's part in the service and the gathering. He helped make a tough day memorable and unforgettable. Thank you so much, Neil!

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Birthday Party (Kids)

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we had a wonderful overall experience with Neil. He played at our 8 year old daughter's "Highland Games" themed birthday party in October. He was great with the kids and extremely easy to deal with as far as setting up the logistics. Even my Scottish mother-in-law (with a more discerning bagpiping ear than mine) enjoyed the music.

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Wedding Ceremony

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I hired Neil for my wedding on June 29,2013 as a surprise for my husband. Neil was awesome. He knew it was a surprise and went right along with it. I would recommend him for any event. I will definitely use his services again. He is an amazing piper and I am glad he shared our special day with us. The look on my husbands face when he saw him was priceless. I give Neil 25 stars. Thank you again Neil you made our special day that much more amazing !!!!!

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2014
Jul
26
Memorial Service
Westminster, MD
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2014
Mar
11
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Washington, DC
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2013
Oct
6
Birthday Party (Kids)
Chevy Chase, MD
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2013
Oct
5
Funeral
Silver Spring, MD
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2013
Jun
29
Wedding Ceremony
Owings Mills, MD
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2013
Mar
9
Funeral
Falls Church, VA
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Amazing Grace
Scotland the Brave
America the Beautiful
My Country Tis of Thee
The Highland Wedding
Traditional
The Highland Cathedral
The Marine Corps Hymn
The Caisson Song (Army)
The Ash Grove
Going Home (from Dvorak No. 9)
Dvorak
Flute
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Celtic Bagpipes
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Anniversaries
Wedding Cocktail Hours
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Art Gallery Openings
Saint Patrick's Day Parties
Masters Golf Tournament Parties
Nursing Homes
Lessons
Please note Neil Womelduff will also travel to Chevy Chase, Glen Echo, Washington, Cabin John, Garrett Park, Kensington, Silver Spring, Rockville, Takoma Park, Arlington, Mc Lean, Adelphi Chillum, Hyattsville, Potomac, Falls Church, Greenway, Mount Rainier, Suburb Maryland Fac, Brentwood, College Park, Dunn Loring, Vienna, West Mclean, Riverdale, Bladensburg, Beltsville, Alexandria, Derwood, Fairfax, Gaithersburg.
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