Traditional highland bagpiper for weddings, funerals, charity events, holidays, education, graduation, public safety, and parties in the Charlotte, Western, and Piedmont areas of North Carolina.
NOTE: As of 8/23/18 I accepted a part-time job in addition to my 2 days of college (graduating Dec 2018), so I will ONLY be available to play the bagpipes on weekends or late evenings, especially if outside of the Charlotte area. Exceptions: Stock Exchange holidays.
A PURE DELIGHT , QUITE A SURPRISE FOR THOSE ATENDING. THIS WAS A MEMORIAL EVENT FOR MY LATE WIFE. EVERONE LOVED THE MUSIC SELECTION. MANY THANKS........
Ally came to play for our Kirkin' O' The Tartans Worship Service and was FANTASTIC! Not only is she personable and friendly, she's incredibly talented and a joy to work with. She arrived on time and her music was perfect. Her performance was top-notch. I would recommend her to everyone. She's a "real pro!" We can't wait for the next time!
It was our pleasure to have Ally play at the dedication of our new worship center. Her performance was just the added touch that made the occasion so special. She is a true professional and plays with heart and conviction. I can highly recommend her for your consideration. Dr. David B Fannin, Senior Pastor, Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Houston, Tx
I hired Ally to play an "Amazing Grace" as a surprise for a friend at a local business. Having lived in Scotland for three years, I heard a lot of Scottish bagpipers on the streets and at special events. Ally's ability is equal to one of the most experienced bagpipers I have an opportunity to meet! As Ally was playing, few tears were shed. It was touching and beautiful. I will definitely hire her again in the future!
Price Range: $50-$400
Gig Length: 1 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
Funerals: A bagpiper playing as guest are arriving, leaving, or at the graveside is a common sight. Bagpipers in full traditional Scottish uniform make any funeral or memorial ceremony a special one.
Weddings: Some brave lasses want to go down the aisle to the tune of a bagpiper. Bagpipers at weddings make everything lively and grand. Brides usually like to have a piper play as guests leave the ceremony or as they arrive at the reception.
Demonstrations: Sharing the history, physics, and science behind the great highland bagpipes is one of my passions. I will be able to include hands-on items to show how the bagpipes work, how the music is played and the history behind Celtic music, and what the modern Scottish uniform looks like today.
The name 'McKinnis' is derived from the ancient Hebrides clan of 'MacInnes', which means son of Angus. Despite my ancestors being from America since the middle 1700s, I claim Scottish blood from most of my family. My kilt and uniform are woven in the traditional MacInnes ancient hunting plaid. I have traveled to Scotland once, when I was 10 years old, and that is when I first became interested in learning the bagpipes. I began playing on the practice chanter for the pipes at age 11.
In addition to competing in solo competitions all around the United States, I was a member of the North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums corp for four years. I have been a professional bagpiper for five years and I have been playing the bagpipes for a total of nine years.
In addition to being a piper, I love playing my other instruments: shuttle pipes, Irish tin whistle, and my Appalachian dulcimer.
Additional Booking Notes
Remember, this is a very loud instrument so bear in mind that for an indoor event this instrument will become the center of attention until I have finished playing! Outdoor events are much more easy to handle and therefore the instrument will be drowned out a little more.
Please keep in mind that I cannot perform outdoor events between November 1 and March 1 because of cold temperatures and the risk of damaging the bagpipes. They are a very fragile and sensitive instrument and are extremely difficult to keep in tune in cold temperatures.
Past Booked Events
|May 12, 2018 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 15, 2018 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Corporate Event|
|November 05, 2017 • 10:30am - 12:00pm||Worship Service|
|October 29, 2017 • 10:30am - 12:00pm||Worship Service|
Music: There are hundreds of tunes for the bagpipes that vary in style, tempo, and mood. Traditional music for the bagpipes include strathspeys, reels, jigs, hornpipes, marches, slow airs, and piobaireachd, the traditional lament-style of bagpipe music. Here is a list of commonly recognized piping tunes:
Scotland the Brave
Green Hills of Tyrol
Some non-traditional tunes are requested as well:
The Wedding March
University of North Carolina/Peace University Alma Mater
North Carolina State University Fight Song
If you are interested in having a specific song played please contact me well in advance. Not every song is compatible with the bagpipes and the range of notes is limited. I cannot do duets with other musicians or singers, as the bagpipes are too complex for this to be within scope of play.
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