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Frank Watson, Award Winning Bagpiper

Bagpiper from Toms River, NJ Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 114 Reviews
  • 199 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 12 Awards & Badges
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  • Starting at $175 per event

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An award winning Highland bagpiper for all occasions, Frank Watson has piped for 41 years. 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 Piobaireached, 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 Ron C.

FuneralReviewed on September 12, 2022From Riverton, NJ

Frank was patient with my questions. Had very helpful suggestions. Professional, accommodating and performance was just beautiful. Could not be happier.

Review by Lisa S.

FuneralReviewed on September 10, 2022From Newton, NJ

Wonderful easy experience

Review by John D.

FuneralReviewed on August 6, 2022From Montclair, NJ

Frank couldn't have been more pleasant to work with. Showed up early in full attire and started piping right away- he is not a clock watcher and was willing to spend more time as a courtesy to my mom (it was her funeral). My mother was from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia so bag pipes were very much of the Scottish tradition there and he honored her with his beautiful playing and professionalism. To top it off, he''s an old school gentleman who "gets it." Highly recommended on every level. Was a sincere pleasure to have him be a part of my mom's funeral mass.

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October 6, 2022 • Wedding
Thu2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Leonia, NJ
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Sat2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Cape May, NJ
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November 5, 2022 • Funeral
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March 17, 2023 • Saint Patrick's Day Party
Fri2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Howell, NJ
May 20, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
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Sat5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Jackson, NJ

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September 12, 2022 • Funeral
Mon1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Riverton, NJ
September 10, 2022 • Funeral
Sat10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Newton, NJ
September 9, 2022 • Wedding Ceremony
Fri5:30 PM - 5:45 PM Atlantic City, NJ
August 18, 2022 • Funeral
Thu10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Toms River, NJ

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