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Frank Watson, Award Winning Professional Bagpiper Bagpiper from Toms River, NJ

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 141 Reviews
  • 248 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 14 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $175 per event

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An award winning Highland bagpiper for all occasions, Frank Watson has piped for 43 years and is Pipe Major of the Duffy's Cut Pipers. He has competed successfully as both a solo performer and with bands. Frank is a winner of the MacLeod Quaich and Sandy Davidson Memorial Trophy for Grade One solo piping, and first place, Grade One Piobaireachd, Delco Games, as well as the 1984 "Award of Excellence" from the Chesapeake Bay Branch, EUSPBA. Frank is a piper for the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia (founded in 1747), and has piped at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Frank instructed ABC Good Morning America's Tony Perkins on the bagpipe for the 2001 annual "Job Swap." His piping is currently featured in two TV documentaries: "Death on the Railroad," a PBS documentary in the "Secrets of the Dead" series; and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut," a Smithsonian Channel documentary that was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy Award in the Best Single Documentary category, and a Celtic Media Festival award for Best Factual Documentary. Frank piped with classic rocker Bryan Adams on the song "Cuts Like a Knife" at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE, on March 14, 2011, as part of Adams' "Bare Bones Tour." He also piped for the Mahoney Brothers Band on their CD "Rock and Roll Rodeo" for the song "Half the Man." On March 9, 2012, Frank piped for the Duffy's Cut burial ceremony at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and on March 2, 2013, he piped in Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland, for the Duffy's Cut burial ceremony. On July 19, 2015 Frank piped at the burial of Duffy's Cut victim, Catherine Burns, in Clonoe, County Tyrone. He is a 2014 inductee of the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame. He holds a PhD from Drew University and is a student of the late Robert Gilchrist.


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Review by Carmela C.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on November 19, 2023From Nutley, NJ

Frank was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was so kind and his bagpipe skills are spot on! Definitely a crowd pleaser. 10 out of 10!

Review by Sofia E.

EventReviewed on November 17, 2023From New York City, NY

Frank is the best!!! He arrived early, worked with us as our event needs changed, and delivered a great performance. Book him for your next event!

Review by Joanne B.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on November 12, 2023From Wildwood, NJ

I booked Tom for a friends wedding. Since it was a surprise for the bride and we couldn’t give him an exact start time when the vows would be completed I was a little nervous. Tom was very accommodating and reassured me he would play for the full time even if he started a little later. He was prompt and professional. I would definitely recommend Tom if you need a bagpipe player.

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Upcoming Events

March 2, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Freehold, NJ
March 4, 2024 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Mon3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Mays Landing, NJ
March 6, 2024 • Club Event
Wed7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Manchester Township, NJ
March 9, 2024 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Toms River, NJ
March 11, 2024 • Club Event
Mon1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Barnegat, NJ
March 16, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Beach Haven, NJ
March 17, 2024 • Saint Patrick's Day Party
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May 17, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Fri5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Shrewsbury, NJ
June 7, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Fri3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Ocean City, NJ
June 15, 2024 • Club Event
Sat7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Beach Haven, NJ
October 13, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Sun4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Hamilton, NJ

Past Events

February 10, 2024 • Funeral
Sat9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Park Ridge, NJ

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