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Chris Gray - Piper & Pianist

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About Chris

Chris Gray is a Scottish Piper, Whistle Player, Pianist, Composer & Tutor based in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Originally from Lockerbie in the South West of Scotland, Chris Gray is a Highland & Border piper, whistle player, pianist, and composer. Chris performs original compositions, and music from the Scottish, Irish, and Scandinavian folk traditions. With a deep understanding and respect for traditional music, Chris’ compositions celebrate these roots, while integrating exciting new influences from other acoustic and contemporary music genres. In January 2020, at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Chris released his self-titled debut album, featuring all original compositions, rooted in the tradition of folk music, and a multi-instrumental ensemble. Chris was a 2021 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Semi-Finalist, and received a MMus Scottish Music Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He performs in a variety of settings – duo, trio, and with his 5-piece band. Performance highlights including performing at festivals in Wickham (England), Ortigueira (Spain) and Lorient (France), solo piano performances at Blair Castle (Scotland) for Keepers of the Quaich banquets, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Gaelic/Scots singer Katie MacFarlane, and as part of the backing band both with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and Inveraray & District Pipe Band. Chris performed solo on Highland Pipes and Whistle at the Basel International Tattoo 2019 (Switzerland) and also alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Out with playing traditional music, Chris has also performed in the world of musical theatre, playing keys for the ‘Wedding Singer’ production at Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow in March 2019. As well as performing internationally in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia and Oman, Chris is in high demand as a teacher. He has held positions as a piano instructor at Riverside Music Complex and a piping instructor at the renowned Scots College in Sydney, Australia. Whilst in Australia, Chris played many gigs including several folk clubs and also a piano performance at the Parliament of New South Wales. Chris is also a piper with the Inveraray & District Pipe Band and with them has won the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships as well as the Scottish, British & European Championships. Chris’ playing is influenced hugely by his time spent listening to and playing folk music from a young age. During his time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Chris received tuition from world-renowned Irish pianist Mary McCarthy, exploring traditions from various parts of the world in addition to learning from Mary’s expertise of Classical music. In 2018 Chris studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm for a semester which introduced a whole new influence to his playing as he became immersed in the rich Swedish folk culture, at the same time as receiving tuition from jazz/folk piano maestro Arne Forsen. In May 2019 Chris released an EP with Swedish fiddler and singer Kristina Leesik – the result being a fusion of their shared passion for both Celtic and Scandinavian folk music. Kristina & Chris performed a sold out show in Stockholm for the EP release.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform while walking around a venue
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3rd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional Scottish folk, Classical, Folk, Ceilidh, Jazz, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Covers
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Bagpipes:
Scotland the Brave
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace
Mairi's Wedding
The Dark Island
Skye Boat Song
Flower of Scotland
Mist Covered Mountains
Hector the Hero
Auld Lang Syne
A Man's a man for a' that
Happy Birthday
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
The Black Bear
Hielan' Laddie
Morag of Dunvegan
Green Hills
Battle's O'er
Bonnie Galloway
The Rowan Tree
The Water is Wide
High Road to Gairloch
We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa'
Flett from Flotta
Loch Ruan
Lochanside
Wings
Kilworth Hills
Murdo's Wedding
Bonnie Dundee
Brown Haired Maiden
Loch Rannoch
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Kenny Gillies of Portnalong Skye
The Banjo Breakdown
The Curlew
Morag of Dunvegan
The Gael
The Atholl Highlanders
Leaving Port Askaig
Dalnahassaig
Susan MacLeod
Highland Wedding
Barren Rock of Aden
Piano:
Clocks (Coldplay)
The Scientist (Coldplay)
Comptine d'un autre été: l'après midi (Amélie)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Pirates of the Carribean
Ae Fond Kiss (Robert Burns)
Swear it Again (Westlife)
Memory (from Cats the Musical)
Your Song (Elton John)
Imagine
Hallelujah
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Wonderwall
Bridge over Troubled Water
Can you Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John)
Shallow (A Star is Born)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Despacito
Edelweiss (Sound of Music)
Autumn Leaves
The Final Countdown
Für Elise
Bach Prelude & Fugue in D Major
Maple Leaf Rag
Time (Inception)
Harry Potter Theme
Eastenders theme Tune
Christmas
Silent Night
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Jingle Bells
Good King Wenceslas
Happy Birthday
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Chris is happy to take requests across various genres.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If there are slight changes to timings after booking please just get in touch and let me know. I will always try to be as flexible as possible to make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I don't currently offer DJ services.

How much time do you need to set up?

If piping at your event, usually 30 mins before the performance time to just tune the instrument and warm up. For piano, typically 1 to 1.5 hours if the venue doesn't have a suitable piano and I will be setting up my own electric keyboard.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set list has a huge range of different songs and styles to suit the occasion. As well as the songs noted I am more than happy to discuss specific choices to tailor to your event!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - I bring all equipment to perform. Depending on whether the venue has a suitable piano or not, I will bring my own electric keyboard and amp.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes certainly! If a song isn't included in my repertoire list there is still a possibility I will know it. if you have a special song in mind just get in touch and I will be happy to learn this for your event.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£185
Up to 3 hours£210
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Chris S, 2 years ago

Chris was exactly what we needed. He is unassuming and just does what he needs to do. No fuss no ego. If you need a talented and local musician please think of him

From other customers:

Ryan P, 5 years ago

'Thank you very much for piping for us at our wedding. Everyone remarked on how great you were.'

Deborah D, 3 years ago

'Thank you for the wonderful piping. It made the gigs great.'