Boston's Premier Bagpiper

Why book Boston's Premier Bagpiper?

Boston's Premier Bagpiper- Adam Holdaway, has entertained audiences in the Greater Boston area since 1995. Having done over 150 performances a year since then, Adam brings his full repertoire, wide experiance and will surely add a touch of Celtic class to your event.

Adam is an open or "professional-level" bagpiper and is available for weddings, funerals, corporate events, pub crawls, Church gatherings, Masonic degrees and all occasions.

**Adam will be featured in the Spring 2009 Issue of "The Knot- Best of Boston Weddings" Magazine**





Fantastic Bagpiper

Adam, thank you so much for playing at my mother's service at the cemetery. You truly are a professional in every sense of the word. Your music was beautiful and everyone in attendance said it was a nice touch. Thank you for being there for me.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Jan S.
Event: Funeral Service in Salem, MA
Event Date: Jan 9, 2013
Hired As: Bagpiper

Booking Info

  • Fee: From $225


For your wedding I can perform 20 minutes prior to the ceremony as guests are arriving and the length of your reciving line outside after the ceremony. I can also perform your processional and recessional music as you walk down the aisle and back out afterward.

Funeral services include performing at the funeral home or church prior to the service as the procession arrives and guests enter. The pipes are typically played after as guests return to their vehicles and also the arrival at the cemetery. Amazing Grace is typically played at the conclusion of the graveside ceremony as the final piece unless another is requested.

Boston's Premier Bagpiper

Adam Holdaway began playing bagpipes at the age of eleven under the instruction of renowned piping instructor Archie MacLeod. Since, Adam has competed throughout the Eastern US and has won prizes for Piper of the Day at nearly every contest in the Northeast. Adam has won prizes not only in the US, but also in Scotland and Canada, including a second place in the Professional 'A grade' Piobaireachd (classical music for the bagpipes) in Perth, Scotland.

In addition to his own solo achievements, Holdaway has been the pipe major of the Stuart Highlanders since 2002, and was instrumental in their upgrades from grade 5 to grade 3. With the addition of a new grade 4 and 5 band, the Stuart Highlanders enjoy being Massachusetts’ largest bagpiping organization.

Besides competitions, Adam has single-handedly produced and conducted piping concerts and recitals throughout Massachusetts. He can be heard on several movie soundtracks, including the box office hit, The Boondock Saints.

Adam holds a graduate certificate from the Institute of Piping in Scotland and is a certified judge for the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

The team providing the talent:

Adam Holdaway

Owner, musician


Adam was prompt, courteous, professional and a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a piper!

– Dianne B

Adam was perfect for our event. Very talented indeed. We surprised my Dad for his 80th Birthday with his performance. I highly recommend Adam for your next event.

– Joanne Z.

Adam is a fist rate piper and exceeded our expectations. Being Scottish ex-pats we have seen and heard many a piper and Adam is very accomplished. Thanks.

– Sander Tufte

Adam was an excellent choice. Very professional from start to finish. He was extremely talented in his performance and discussion with our guests. He showed up early for the appointment and was completely prepared for the engagement. He even brought a gift of his CD for our guest of honor. There is not enough (positive)we can say about how great this performer was.

– Rod Kreimeyer

Adam is extremely professional, talented, and personable. WE wery lucky to have been able to hire him to participate as a performer in our solemn event, the funeral of my mother Ann de Duplessis Dewart.

– Timothy Russell Dewart

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Boston's Premier Bagpiper to find out what their setup requirements are.

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