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PIPERJONES BAND Appearing Fri April 11th 2014 8pm

$15 in advance/ $18 at the door
Piper and pipe-maker EJ Jones takes the stage to play the excellent bagpipe tunes of the Celtic world. Joined by Sean Sutherland of the Pipefitters and Beanie ODell and Vincent Fogarty of the Red Wellies, some of Western NC's most powerful traditional musicians will interpret Scottish, Irish, and Breton tunes through a bagpiper's perspective.

EJ will be playing traditional tunes on Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish Small-pipe with chanters of different keys and tonalities which he made in his workshop in Asheville NC as well as vintage instruments from Scotland which he has used in his recordings and performances for the last 20 years. The PiperJones show will center on Scottish pipe music, seasoned with stories and bagpipe lore. The piper’s enthusiasm for the pipes shines through in his rapport with the audience and his chosen instrument.

EJ Jones began his musical journey with the bagpipes in 1986 under the instruction of gold-medalist piper Michael Cusack. The bagpipes soon became his life.

EJ's performing career started as a simple street musician while he pursued competitive success in classical bagpipe contests and, under the direction of gold-medialist Donald MacPhee, as a member of the Hamilton Pipe Band - at the time, one of the top ranked pipe corps in the United States.

After studying for a performance degree at Carnegie Mellon University, with instruction from Gold medalist Jimmy McIntosh, EJ returned to Houston put his energy into his first folk band - Clandestine. The bank grew into a nationally touring group with performances in folk clubs such as Club Passim in Cambridge MA, Scottish and Irish festivals such as the Bethlehem Celtic Classic and North Texas Irish Festival. They released five albums, including the Grammy-nominated "To Anybody At All" and delighted sold-out audiences at shows at McGonigels Mucky Duck in Houston. Clandestine continues to perform today.

In 2002 EJ recorded his first solo album, The Willow, along with fiddle player Rosie Shipley and guitarist Gerry O'Beirne, which met with great acclaim and featured many of EJ's original compositions.

Combining his performance talents with his desire to discover the best possible sounding pipes, EJ became a pipemaker. He now makes his home and workshop in the North Carolina mountains. His Scottish smallpipes are played across the US and abroad.

Approaching twenty years as a professional piper and ten years as a professional pipe-maker, EJ teaches at bagpipe-learning events such as the Pipers Gathering, the Celtic Arts Foundation in WA, and the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming. He is in great demand as a recording and performing artist on the Scottish Highland pipes and Irish flute, and he also crafts the Scottish Smallpipes - which he played on Robert Earl Kean's album "Traveling Storm."

In August 2014, EJ will travel to Brittany to compete in the MacCrimmon Trophy at the Festival Interceltique, the largest Celtic festival in the world. Upon his return, he will embark on a coast to coast tour of the United States with performances from Maryland to California and many states in between.