"Harraseeket Thanksgiving"

Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 - On display at the Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine

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Celtic Pipes

Landscapes

If you are looking for a Bagpiper for your special occasion, look no further! I specialize in the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Irish Uilleann Pipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Low Whistle, and Bodhrán (the Irish frame drum). Check out my latest CD "Fuist!"

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Oil Paintings

Portraits

Prints of my work are now available! Learn More

More Paintings

Eagle Lake Carriage Road, Giclée Print, $250

Bodhráns

Bodhráns

I am proud to present our new line of custom Desert Island Bodhráns! We offer a range of finishes, sizes, tuning options, and stands. To learn more about our bodhráns, peruse our gallery and hear sound clips, click here:

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"Acadia" by Chris Gray

About Me

Fáilte! Welcome! I'm a Celtic musician and Oil Painter hailing from Mount Desert Island, Maine. I specialize in the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Irish Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistles, and Bodhrán (the Irish frame drum). I've performed throughout New England and Ireland, with highlights opening for the Chieftains at the Cork Opera House, performing with Août Gris at the 2014 Acadian World Congress, performing with Jenna Moynihan and Emmanuelle LeBlanc (Vishten) at 2016 Acadia Trad Festival, and playing alongside legendary EJ Jones and Frances Cunningham at the 2017 Piper's Gathering.

In addition to performing, I also teach classes and workshops in Traditional Irish and Scottish music through the Piper's Gathering, the Acadia Trad School, Ellsworth Adult Ed, and Schoodic Arts for All. I studied music and art at Bowdoin College, and recieved my diploma in Irish music and Masters in Ethnomusicology from University College Cork in Ireland. I have had the privilege of studying under some of today's greatest pipers, including Cillian Vallely, Tom Rota, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, and Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby. I'm currently a faculty member at the Acadia School of Traditional Music and Art, an instructor at the Pipers' Gathering, and graphic and web designer for the Village Green Arts Association, a non-profit dedicated to fostering community through the arts.

Fuist! New Celtic Music for Irish & Scottish Pipes

Fuist is rooted in the dance music of Ireland, but it features some wonderfully diverse tunes, from Irish slip jigs to sultry Scottish minuets, Galician retreats and a poignant Swedish waltz. It also features a range of instruments from the bagpipes and whistles to the Bodhrán, riqq, and the Swedish willow flute…. As well as wonderful performances by some very special guest musicians! This album reflects my own unique journey into Trad music, and those eclectic influences, instruments and sounds that inspired and propelled me along this path. You will also find several tracks that explore the intersection of traditional dance music and electronic dance music, with their deeply rhythmic melodies.

Chris Gray and Gus La Casse on stage at the Acadian World Congress, 2014

Previous Events

"The Piper's Gigue"

Oil on canvas panel, for the Maine Celtic Celebration

Bagpiper for Hire

I am available for Bagpipe and Celtic Music concerts, dances, weddings, funerals, and other occasions. Price list available upon request.

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Painting Commissions

I am currently accepting commissions for Landscape and Portrait painting. Prints of existing artwork are now available!

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"Fiona"

Oil on canvas, album cover for Cróga's "The Tide Full In" - currently in the Howell Collection

Lessons

I provide lessons on a variety of instruments, from the Great Highland Bagpipes to the Irish Uilleann Pipes, the Irish tin whistle, and the Scottish smallpipes. I am also an accomplished drummer and percussionist, and can provide lessons on the drumset, the Middle Eastern Riqq, the Irish Bodhran, etc.

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"Eagle Lake Carriage Road"

Oil on canvas, 24 x 36. Prints available

Testimonials

"I had the pleasure of hearing Chris this past weekend with an Irish band MacLir at Finn’s Irish Pub. I was impressed not only with his playing the Uilleann pipes, but in particular his beautiful and extended version on Low Whistle of Pachelbel’s Canon, with some lovely improvisations.

"I couldn't help but remember some years ago on Sesame Street when I had the opportunity and thrill to do a piece with James Galway. I think he would have been equally impressed hearing Chris. Your years studying and playing in Ireland shone through beautifully.

"The next time I am in Maine, I hope to hear you again... it was the highlight of our vacation!

Bob McGrath
"Bob of Sesame Street"