Hello, my name is Bill MacMurchy and I am a Celtic Bagpiper available on SHORT NOTICE for any event. Unlike other bagpipe performers who have full-time jobs/careers outside of the entertainment business, this is my career and I take great pride in pleasing my client(s). My prices are also the lowest since I work for myself and don't turn down any event regardless of distance or needs (well within reason). I am also a very reliable, responsive and a fabulous performer (and.. the best in the business!). I have been performing for audiences since I was 12. I will arrive early to ensure I thoroughly understand my role so that everything goes as planned and is executed beyond your satisfaction. Should last minute changes need to be made, I am very flexible and adapt easily. My music stirs emotions at funerals and life celebrations. At weddings - a sense of joy! Your event is very important to me and I will help make the occasion successful and something beautifully memorable to look back upon. Please call or text me at to discuss pricing and availability.
The soul stirring sound of the great highland bagpipes can be the perfect note to commemorate a special occasion. A memorial or funeral, a wedding entrance or recessional, a birthday party or any event where you want to create an impact….and leave a lasting impression.
As a Highland Bagpiper, my music stirs emotions at funerals and life celebrations. At weddings - a sense of joy. Special occasions such as birthdays or surprise parties become instantly memorable with a bagpiper. Burns Suppers, graduations, New Year's Eve parties, a sales event, or marching in head table guests; a bagpiper delivers impact.
As a member of the British Columbia Pipe Band Association (BCPBA) and Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA), I am committed to making your event successful, and pride myself on going beyond the extra mile for my clients. I will thoroughly discuss my client's needs beforehand, helping them to plan and select appropriate tunes for their event. If needed, I would be happy to meet my clients at the event venue well beforehand to work out scheduling and logistics.
On event day, I would arrive early to the venue to ensure I thoroughly understand my role so everything goes as planned. Should last minute changes need to be made, I am very flexible and adapt easily.
I play a beautiful set of Sterling Silver and Ivory mounted, African blackwood (Pre-War - WW1) Henderson Bagpipes that produces a sterling pleasure of sound from its full set of drones along with a World-Class Sinclair or Hardie bagpipe chanter, personally selected by their makers. Depending on environmental conditions, one chanter would be selected so that a pleasant and robust sound with sweet timbre could combine with the harmonics from the drones for maximum effect. I keep my instrument immaculately clean and maintained to prevent any potential instrument malfunctions. Audio samples are provided for you to listen to, and more will be added as they are recorded. Your event is extremely important to me, and my main purpose is to help make your event successful and something beautifully memorable to look back on.
Additional Biography Information:
I've been playing the bagpipes since I was 7 years old as a "wee lad." I received my advance piping instruction from the "Great Ones!" - Donald Shay Ramsey & John D. Burgess (Revolutionary bagpipers of their time that brought "Rock & Roll" into piping in the early 1940's thru the late 1950's). Recently I was honored to be taught by a wonderful, professional bagpiper by Ian Whitelaw - a pure traditionalist - The Best Musician on Plant Earth - Lover of Wolves and kindred Spirits - and major award winning competitor in the Piping World of today.
I was born into a Scottish Family of musicians and my piping career really catapulted at the age of 13 in San Francisco, California under my piping instructor, J. William Merriman, of the Prince Charles Pipe Band. I've performed for the Queen of England at a state visit; AND 2 former Presidents of the United States during campaign events; let alone many other dignitaries. Over the years I've been honored to perform and compete as a piper with several premier Pipe Bands at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. I've won many international solo piping competitions and was a member of pipe bands that won several major pipe band competitions. But what I really love is winning the hearts and souls of my adoring audiences and customers.
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Thank you for considering my Celtic musical services!
-- "Máel Coluim MacMhurchaidh" -- (Bill MacMurchy - BagPiPersNow !)
"He Makes your event Special With his Amazing Grace" - Her Royal Majesty, "Elizabeth" - Queen of England