mcleod tartan Pittsburgh Piper

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road to the isles

I am generally available for bagpipe music performances on either the Great pipes (piob mor) or the quieter bellows-blown smallpipes. These include concerts, recitals, weddings, family reunions, festivals, funerals and other special events. I play a wide variety of airs from the Scottish, Irish, and sacred (hymnal) repertoires, including pipe marches and the full range of traditional Irish and Scottish dance music. I always do my very best to produce a first-class sound for each performance.

Send a request via email, phone, or fax and I shall be glad to offer my suggestions for the most appropriate pieces of pipes music for your special occasion. For example- if you are planning a wedding, I'll send you my CD of Bagpipe Music for Weddings for free. It contains musical selections grouped according to the main stages of a wedding ceremony: Prelude, Processional(s), Meditation(s), Recessional, and Postlude music.

For concerts and festivals I also perform in an ensemble called Road to the Isles, featuring five performers on the fiddle, flute, pipes, guitar, vocals, Irish Step dancing and Scottish Highland dancing. For school performances I perform with The Wind that Shakes the Barley, a trio consisting of myself, an Irish Step dancer, and a Scottish Highland dancer. Promo kits and photos are available for both shows. In addition, Road to the Isles has a dvd for presenters, and The Wind that Shakes the Barley has study guides for educators.

References for any type of performance are available upon request.

George Balderose at ballet
George Balderose with Pittsburgh Youth Ballet

George Balderose at symphony
George Balderose with Pittsburgh Symphony

The Wind that Shakes the Barley
The Wind that Shakes the Barley

George Playing for Students
George performing at William Penn Elementary School, Elizabeth, PA