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Elise MacGregor Ferrell

Bagpipes from Santa Cruz, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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BOOKED 49 days ago

$200 - $600 per event
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About
"The People's Piper," Elise MacGregor Ferrell is frequently praised for putting beautiful expression into her music, and for recommending the best musical choices for each of her client's unique events. Her expertise derives from long experience performing at funerals weddings, black-tie whiskey tastings, corporate parties, military ceremonies, birthday parties, and golf tournaments, as well as giving solo concerts at outdoor music venues.
In addition to being a career soloist, Elise is also a 7-year bandleader of one the SF Bay Area's busiest Celtic bands, Charmas - a job which has taught her how to perform Scotland and Ireland's most beloved songs with authentic character and evocative phrasing.
Her professional recordings get streamed by many thousands of Spotify listeners each month, from all around the globe. She also competes with the award-winning Monterey Bay Pipe Band, and seasonally performs with Canada's 100-year-old Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band (from whom she has learned a huge repertoire of traditional songs that aren't commonly played in California).
All soloists have individual specializations, and Elise's specializations include performing over an hour and a half's worth of beautiful Funeral Music, Irish "Top 40," Scottish Songs of Glory, Palace Marches, Military Anthems, Old Scottish Ballads, Showy Competition Sets, and some novelty rock n' roll music. Given a month for learning a new tune, Elise can polish almost anything that might sound good played on bagpipes, and if she thinks your request won't sound good, she will tell you so right up front (even at the risk of losing a booking).
Her usual concert bagpipes are handmade MacLellans, while for ash scatterings at sea, as well as orchestral/band concerts, she keeps a separate set of dedicated MacLellans tuned to Concert Bb pitch. She also plays a top-quality set of smaller Garvie "border pipes," which can be nice for small venues in which full-size pipes would be too loud.
Bagpipes are a finicky instrument, requiring constant maintenance, precise tuning, extreme physical stamina, and vigilant daily practice. This is the reason why good bagpipers are never cheap, and why bagpipes have become the butt of many unflattering jokes. Please do not book the first/most aggressive/cheapest bagpiper who reaches you by telephone, without first listening to everyone's demos (seriously, 90% of Gigmasters clients fall into this trap). Remember that anyone can sign up to be represented by an online booking agent (there is no quality control), and most references can't be trusted as a measure of quality (only professionalism), because the majority of clients haven't heard enough good bagpiping to recognize lesser quality music (but if you have some savvy guests at your event, they will definitely know the difference). When you are evaluating the demos, please listen carefully for things like a consistently "sweet" tone (good tuning), steady drone pitches (good blowing technique), fast strike-ins (evidence of playing skill), and - for goodness sakes - if you hear a computer MIDI file instead of real bagpipes, ask yourself why a bagpiper would post fake demos!
As far as price goes, please add the amount of music you want (which often isn't much) to the amount of time you hope your piper will spend practicing (not just performing) during the weeks preceding your event, how far they will need to drive round-trip, and how long it will take them to put on and take off the fancy costume.
For reasons of being kind to our planet, it also makes sense to hire the closest bagpiper who can play up to your event's required standards, so please notice where each bidder lives. (If someone offers to drive a long distance for little money, please question the quality of music you'll be getting. Also, note that I've had numerous reports from clients who booked a cheaper piper that their budget-entertainer cancelled the booking and left them in the lurch. I am not that kind of bagpiper; I always bid full price, so that you can count on me never cancelling for any reason other than a family emergency (in which case I would try very hard to find you a topnotch replacement for the same price).
Finally, please keep in mind that, even if you "only" want your bagpiper to play Amazing Grace - of course, all bagpipers can play the tune - but only the best can reach deep into your soul and conjure the kind of deep emotions you are hoping to feel. Sometimes spending an extra $50 can make all the difference between getting the job done versus creating memories you will cherish for the rest of your life.


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50+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2019!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!

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Elise is terrific!

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Elise MacGregor Ferrell’s Response:

Thank you, Rex! It was a fine gathering (especially liked how the woman who wore a blue sweater taped on a white X to turn it into a Scottish flag). Your smoked salmon was fabulous. I am looking forward to cracking open that Scottish wheat beer :) Best Wishes, piper Elise

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What can we say but “Thank You!” Elise was so helpful and loving right from the beginning to help us with music for our Son’s Celebration of Life. As difficult as it was to make arrangements she helped immensely. We would definitely have her play again. Her music was beautiful...thank you again!

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Elise MacGregor Ferrell’s Response:

Thank you very much, Georgia. It was wonderful how all those people showered your family with deep love and support. I hope by now you have found some alone time to just be with your feelings and gaze at the sky. Clearly your son's kindness touched countless people who will never forget him. Best Wishes, piper Elise

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Elise was great! On time. Friendly. Cared about making the event perfect. If we have another event I will happily book her!

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Elise MacGregor Ferrell’s Response:

Many thanks, Natasha. You were a lovely host, spending all that time connecting personally with every guest arriving. I have to say, I was amazed at all the people pouring in - your mom must have been quite a special lady. She will be fondly remembered. Best Wishes, piper Elise

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2020
May
31
Birthday Party (Adult)
Santa Cruz, CA
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2020
May
13
Birthday Party (Adult)
Santa Cruz, CA
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2020
Apr
11
Wedding Ceremony
San Rafael, CA
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2020
Mar
28
Community Event
Santa Cruz, CA
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2020
Mar
17
Event
Soledad, CA
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
2020
Jan
25
Private Party
Napa, CA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2020
Jan
13
Funeral
Seaside, CA
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2020
Jan
10
Memorial Service
Aptos, CA
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2019
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
Watsonville, CA
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
2019
Dec
15
Private Party
Aptos, CA
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2019
Nov
23
Funeral
Menlo Park, CA
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2019
Nov
9
Retirement Party
Monterey, CA
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Bathgate Highland Gathering
Lord Lovat's Lament
Inner Guard
Pikeman's March
Andrew Warnocks March
Breton Air
Steam Train
Xmas various tunes
Auld Lang Syne
Wearing of the Green
Shoals of Herring
Minstrel Boy
Jim Thompson of Flagstaff
Cabar Feidh
Battle of Waterloo
Battle of the Somme
10th HLO Crossing the Rhine
Wings
When the Battle's Over
The Rowan Tree
Teribus
Steam Boat
Scotland the Brave
No Awa
My Land
Meeting of the Waters
March of the Champions
Magersfontein
Lochanside
Loch Maree
Horsbrugh Castle
Highland Laddie
High Road to Gairloch
Heights of Dargai
Bloody Fields of Flanders
Green Hills of Tyrol
Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
Glendaruel Highlanders
Gardens of Skye
Flett From Flotta
Cullen Bay
Crags of Tumbledown Mountain
Corriechollie's Welcome
Colin's Cattle
Cockney Jocks
Castle Dangerous
Brown Haired Maiden
Bonny Dundee
Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
Black Bear
Barren Rocks of Aden
All the Blue Bonnets Over the Border
100 Pipers
Walking the Plank
B52
Jenny Dang the Weaver
Ian Green's Hornpipe
Big John McNeill
Atholl Highlanders
Molly Connell
Ewe with a Crooked Horn
Craig a Bodich
Paddy Be Easy Jig
The Duck Jig
The Curlew Jig
Dougald's Favorite Jig
Skye Boat Song
Scots Wa Hae
My Home
Mist Covered Mountains
Mingulay Boat Song
Loch Rannoch
Hector the Hero
Flower of Scotland
Dark Island
Calling Me Home
Beside the River Auro
Will Ye No Come Back Again
Road to the Isles
Happy Birthday
Flowers of the Forest
MacCrimmon Will Never Return
Highland Cathedral
Mhairi's Wedding
Murdo's Wedding
Fairytale of New York
The Pogues
Amazing Grace
Whiter Shade of Pale
Procul Harem
Fiddler
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Elise MacGregor Ferrell will also travel to Soquel, Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Felton, Mount Hermon, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, Holy City, Redwood Estates, Freedom, Los Gatos, Watsonville, Boulder Creek, Davenport, San Jose, Coyote, Saratoga, Campbell, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, New Almaden, Castroville, Cupertino, Gilroy, Aromas, San Martin, Santa Clara, Marina, Pescadero.
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