2023 Bagpipe Events and Venues

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

December 30, 2023
I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes this evening for a wedding rehearsal dinner at the Orchard Restaurant in Cle Elum, Washington.

On the Scottish Highland Bagpipes, I played a set consisting of:
Scotland the Brave / The Mallow Men March (4/4 marches)
Farewell to the Tay / The Atholl Highlanders (jigs)
The Wearin' o' the Green / The Rakes of Mallow (quick marches)

I then switched to Scottish Smallpipes for a set consisting of:
Guiness Rambles / The Mill The Mill O' / Bonnie Lass of Fyvie (4/4 marches)
Drops of Brandy / The Foxhunters Jig (slip jigs)
Lord Lovat's March / Loch Ruan (4/4 marches)
Amazing Grace (hymn)
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Donald Willeby Memorial Service

November 25, 2023
I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes on this afternoon for Donald Willeby's Memorial Service at CG Public House in Kennewick, Washington.

At the conclusion of the Fireman's Last Rings ceremony, I played Amazing Grace.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Veterans Day Ceremony

November 10, 2023
I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes this morning for a Veteran's Day ceremony at Tri-City Adventist School in Pasco, Washington.

Amazing Grace was played at the end of the indoor program.

The Mallow Men March, Scotland The Brave, and Lord Lovat's March were played to lead everyone outside to raise the flag of the United States of America.

It was a pleasure to play for the veterans and their families in attendance today.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Jack Cooper Celebration of Life

October 07, 2023
This afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Jack Cooper's Celebration of Life at First Baptist Church in Sunnyside, Washington.

I played Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, High In The Hills, and Lament for Red Iain while family and guests arrived.

Going Home was played as Jack's ashes were carried from the back to the front of the church.

Amazing Grace was played at the end of the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Skweez The Weezle at The Bradley

October 06, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes and whistles with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle for an evening of Celtic music at The Bradley restaurant and craft bar in Richland, Washington.

Randy Studebaker Funeral Service

October 06, 2023
This afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Randy Studebaker's Funeral Service at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center in Hermiston, Oregon.

I played Danny Boy at the start of the service.

I played Amazing Grace at the end of the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Eilleen Jackson Graveside Service

September 30, 2023
This sunny afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Eilleen Jackson's Graveside Service at Sunset Gardens in Richland, Washington.

Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, Lament for Red Iain, and High In The Hills were played while waiting for family and guests.

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and Going Home were played as family and friends walked to the gravesite.

Amazing Grace was played at the start of the service.

My Heart Will Go On was played as roses were placed on the casket and the casket was lowered.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Skweez The Weezle at Prosser Harvest Festival

September 24, 2023
This overcast afternoon, I played Scottish Lowland pipes and whistles with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle at the Harvest Festival in Prosser, Washington.

Gary Decker Graveside Service

September 18, 2023
This warm sunny afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Gary Decker's Graveside Service at Reservation Community Memorial Park outside Wapato, Washington.

Suo Gan, Lord Lovat's Lament, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, and Lament for Red Iain were played as family and guests arrived.

Amazing Grace was played to end the service.

High In The Hills, Going Home, and Highland Cathedral were played as family and friends departed the grave site.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Fund Raiser for VFW Kennewick Post #5785

September 16, 2023
On this beautiful evening, I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes and whistle with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle at a fund raiser for VFW Kennewick Post #5785 at Double Eagle Ranch in Benton City, Washington.

Judy Ricketts Birthday Party and James O'Connor Memorial

September 15, 2023
This evening, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes and Scottish smallpipes for Judy Ricketts' Birthday Party and a Memorial for James O'Connor in Kennewick, Washington.

The tunes played outdoors on the Highland bagpipes were: The Mallow Men March; Scotland the Brave; Murdo's Wedding; Kilworth Chapel; McGuire's Jig; Brooke and Bandit; Guiness Rambles; The Mill The Mill O'; The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie; Mrs. MacLeod of Rasaay; and The Silver Spear.

Then, for the Memorial, I played Danny Boy, Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, Going Home, and When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

When the party moved indoors, I played these tunes on the Scottish smallpipes: The Price of the Pig; Oft The Stilly Night; Rocking the Baby; The Battle of Waterloo; The Gravel Walk; The Ale Is Dear; The Gravel Walk; Drops of Brandy; The Foxhunters Jig; Lanigan's Jig; Piper Down; The Wearin' o' the Green; The Rakes of Mallow; Merrily Kissed The Quaker's Wife; The Humours of Whiskey; March of the King of Leish; Noble Squire Dacre; Farewell to the Tay; and The Atholl Highlanders.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

9/11 Memorial Event

September 11, 2023
This morning, I played Amazing Grace on the Scottish Highland bagpipes for a 9/11 Memorial Event at the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Monument located at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick, Washington.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Richard Bean Funeral

September 08, 2023
This afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Richard Bean's Funeral at Munselle Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

Lord Lovat’s Lament, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, Lament for Red Iain, High In The Hills, Highland Cathedral, Suo Gan, and Going Home were played as family and friends arrived.

I played Amazing Grace at the end of the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Skweez The Weezle at Tumbleweed Music Festival

September 02, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland pipes and whistle with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle on the South Stage at the 27th annual Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland, Washington. The festival was presented by Three Rivers Folklife Society and co-sponsored by the City of Richland and others.

STW also has a video performance on the 2023 Tumbleweed Music Festival virtual festival site.
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Skweez The Weezle at DCCS Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering

August 26-27, 2023
This weekend, I played Scottish shuttle pipes, Scottish Lowland pipes, and whistles with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle for the DCCS Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering in Umpqua, Oregon.
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Skweez The Weezle at Chartrand Backyard Barbeque Party

August 19, 2023
This evening, I played Scottish shuttle pipes and whistle with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle for a backyard barbecue party at the Chartrand residence in Richland, Washington.

Edward Little Celebration of Life

August 05, 2023
This afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Edward Little's Celebration of Life at VFW Post #3482 in Sunnyside, Washington.

I played The Mallow Men March, Scotland The Brave, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, The Price of the Pig, Guinness Rambles, The Mill The Mill ‘O, and The Bonny Lass of Fyvie before the Military Honors.

Danny Boy, Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, Drops of Brandy, The Foxhunters Jig, and Lord Lovat’s March were played during the reception.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Kenneth Clary Graveside Service

August 05, 2023
I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes on this morning for Kenneth Clary's Graveside Service at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick, Washington.

Tunes played as Family and Guests arrived were Sleep Gentle Friend, Lord Lovat's Lament, Lament for Red Iain, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, High in the Hills, and Suo Gan.

I played Going Home as the casket was carried from the hearse to the grave site.

Amazing Grace was played as the casket was lowered to its final resting place.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

John Kaluzny Funeral

July 277, 2023
This morning I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for John Kaluzny's Funeral Service at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Yakima, Washington.

Amazing Grace was played at the end of the service. Going Home was played as the casket was taken outside to the hearse.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Barbara Swallow Graveside Service

June 14, 2023
This sunny morning, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Barbara Swallow's Graveside Service at Sunset Gardens in Richland, Washington.

Lament for Red Iain, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, and High In The Hills were played as family and guests arrived.

Going Home was played to start the service. Amazing Grace was played within the service. Highland Cathedral was played to march off after the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Tillie Makepeace Retirement Surprise

June 25, 2023
This morning, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Tillie Makepeace's retirement surprise during the service at Wesley United Methodist Church in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

Scotland The Brave, Amazing Grace, and Highland Cathedral were played toward the end of the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Skweez The Weezle at 2023 Dragon's Gate Renaissance Faire

June 24, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes and whistles today with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle at the 2nd annual Dragon's Gate Renaissance Faire at Dragon's Gate Brewery in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

Skweez The Weezle at 2023 Prosser Scottish Fest

June 17, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes, shuttle pipes, and whistles today with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle at the 21st annual Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games in Prosser, Washington.

Skweez The Weezle at Kerry McLerran's Birthday Party

May 28, 2023
I played Scottish Highland and Lowland bagpipes and whistle with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle at Kerry McLerran's 60th birthday party in West Richland, Washington.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Patrick Cornett Memorial

May 07, 2023
This afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Patrick Cornett's Memorial at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services in Walla Walla, Washington.

I played Lament for Red Iain and Chrò Chinn t-Sàile as family and friends arrived.

I played Amazing Grace to end the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

"Pub" Crawl to Promote Prosser Scottish Fest

May 06, 2023
I played Scottish Highland bagpipes for a "Pub" Crawl throughout Prosser, Washington to promote the 21st annual Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games to be held on June 17. Vintner Village venues where pipes were played included Airfield Estates, Smasne Cellars, Wit Cellars, Milbrandt Vineyards, Thurston Wolfe, Martinez & Martinez Winery, and Cork and Taps by Domanico Cellars. The pipes were then played at Wine Country RV Park. Downtown Prosser venues where the pipes were played included The Prosser House, El Buen Gusto, Bill's Tasting Room, Bern's Tavern, Horse Heaven Saloon, and the streets of downtown Prosser.
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Video is courtesy of The Prosser House which was one of the many places visited around Prosser, Washington.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Al Mundle Celebration of Life

May 06, 2023
This sunny morning, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Al Mundle's Celebration of Life at Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Washington.

Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, Lament for Red Iain, and Lord Lovat’s Lament were played as family and friends arrived.

I played Amazing Grace as I marched through the room at the end of the service.

I then marched around the outside of the clubhouse playing Scotland The Brave, The Mallow Men March, Murdo’s Wedding, and Lord Lovat’s March.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Peggy Jo Brown Celebration of Life

April 29, 2023
This sunny morning, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Peggy Jo Brown's Celebration of Life at Sunset Gardens in Richland, Washington.

High In The Hills, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, Lament for Red Iain, Lord Lovat's Lament, and Suo Gan were played as family and guests arrived.

Amazing Grace was played within the service. Going Home was played to end the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Skweez The Weezle at Whitman College Renaissance Faire

April 22, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes and whistle with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle at the Whitman College Renaissance Faire in Walla Walla, Washington.
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Michaela Buckholt Funeral and Graveside Service

April 17, 2023
This morning I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Michaela Buckholt's Funeral Service at Saint Paul Cathedral in Yakima, Washington.

High In The Hills, Lament For Red Iain, Chrò Chinn t-Sàile, and Suo Gan were played in the courtyard as family and guests arrived.

Amazing Grace was played at the end of the service. Highland Cathedral was played as the casket was taken to the hearse.

I then played for Michaela's graveside service at Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima, Washington.

I played Going Home as the casket was taken from the hearse to grave.
Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral were played at the end of the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Glenna Baker Graveside Service

March 18, 2023
On this cold and sunny morning, with a lot of snow on the ground, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Glenna Baker's Graveside Service at Highland Cemetery near Elgin, Oregon.

Lament For Red Iain, High In The Hills, and Lord Lovat's Lament were played as family and guests arrived.

Amazing Grace was played during the service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Skweez The Weezle at St. Joseph Church

March 17, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes and whistles with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle for a St Patrick's Day fund raising event at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kennewick, Washington.

Skweez The Weezle at The Bradley

March 17, 2023
I played Scottish Lowland bagpipes and whistles with Celtic band Skweez The Weezle for a St Patrick's Day event at The Bradley restaurant and craft bar in Richland, Washington.

The Bagpipe Bash

January 21, 2023
I played Scottish Highland bagpipes this evening at The Bagpipe Bash in Quincy, Washington. The bash was a Robert Burns Dinner and Fundraiser to support the Quincy High School Choral and Theatre Departments. It was held in the Heritage Barn on the grounds of the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum.

I played Lord Lovat's March to lead the Parade Of The Haggis. Several jigs, reels, and marches were played as dinner was being served.
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MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

Jeanne Dyke Celebration of Life

January 21, 2023
On this cold, snowy afternoon, I played the Scottish Highland bagpipes for Jeanne Dyke's Celebration of Life Service at the Yakima Country Club in Yakima, Washington.

The Wearin' O' The Green was played as family and guests arrived.

High In The Hills and Lament For Red Iain were played as the carriage carrying the remains made its way up the road.

As the remains were gathered and carried into the building, I played Danny Boy.

I played When Irish Eyes Are Smiling to start the indoor service.
MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

College Place Fire Dept. Association Awards Banquet

January 14, 2023
I played Scottish Highland bagpipes for College Place, Washington fire fighters and their families at the College Place Fire Department Association Awards Banquet in Walla Walla, Washington. The banquet was held at the Courtyard by Marriott. I played many tunes and told stories about the tunes.

Tunes that I played during three sets this evening were: The Battle of Waterloo; The Gravel Walk; Guiness Rambles; The Mill The Mill O'; Bonnie Lass of Fyvie; Scotland the Brave; Murdo's Wedding; Farewell to the Tay; The Atholl Highlanders; Cullen Bay; Highland Cathedral; Lord Lovat's March; The Price of the Pig; Oft The Stilly Night; Rocking the Baby; The Wearin' o' the Green; The Rakes of Mallow; and Return From Glengarry.
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MacNeil of Barra (modern) was the tartan of the day.

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