A CD Clip on Youtube

A) Clumsy Lover
One of my favourites, played on the bagpipes, with 3 part harmony.

Amazing Grace
The bagpipes are featured, with 3 part harmony.

Ashokan Farewell
Sharryn Oleskiw on violin, Allen Hardy on Irish Bouzouki and Bass, Gene Oleskiw on Guitar and Kelly on Small Walsh pipes.

Bonnie Dundee & Steamboat
The bagpipes are featured in these tunes with a touch of harmony.

Fare The Well, Love
Lead vocalists are Allen Hardy and Betty Ann Baker with McPherson's Rant as the accompiment.

Lover's Waltz
Sharryn Oleskiw on violin, Gene Oleskiw on Guitar and Kelly on whistles.

March Medley
Mairi's Wedding, Scotland the Brave, Meeting of the Waters, Bide Awa.' Kelly is accompanied by Allen Hardy on Guitar, Bass and Irish Bouzouki.

Roseville Fair
Featuring McPherson's Rant and Kelly on the whistles.

Shoshanna's Lullaby
Featuring the bagpipes with harmony.

Summertime
The amazing voice of Betty Ann Baker with McPherson's Rant

Bagpipe Links

Captain's Corner

The Captain's Corner is a music and information centre for the piper, musician and the enthusiast, the world over. This site should be of interest to all pipers, beginner to advanced, teacher or student. It is your online Piping School, complete with library, study rooms and links to composers and retailers for all your piping needs. Drop by the website to visit the Captain, Ken Eller and the Admiral, Diane Eller. E-mail Ken at thecaptainscorner@gmail.com.  

Dunbar Bagpipes
Dunbar Bagpipes produces quality bagpipes and chanters in the Niagara Region for distribution world-wide. They also sell bagpipe accessories. Check out their website for their full line of products. To contact Rick or Jacquie Pettigrew, you can e-mail them at info@dunbarbagpipes.com.

McPherson's Rant, Celtic-Folk Band
McPherson's Rant has entertained audiences with their rich harmonies and fine instrumentals since 2001. The group has six talented members and several instruments including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitars, bouzouki, bass, keyboards, bodhran drum, snare drum, Highland bagpipes, small Walsh pipes, Irish whistles and, of course, vocals. They perform traditional Celtic and down East music, favourites by the Pogues and Great Big Sea, Canadian folk and popular music with a Celtic twist. For all your inquiries, please e-mail sharryn@mcphersonsrant.ca or call Sharryn at 905-834-0941 or Kelly at 905-937-4196.

pipes/drums online
This is one of the best sites, full of information including News & Articles, Music, Upcoming Events, Sales, Fun Stuff and a Blogg. (Formerly known as the Piper and Drummer.) This is the world's only independent publication for pipers and drummers. The site is edited and published by professional piper, Andrew Berthoff, who can be reached by e-mail at editor@pipesdrums.com.

The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, based in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, has been actively promoting and preserving Celtic culture and heritage by offering instruction in Highland Bagpiping, Scottish style Snare Drumming, Highland Dancing and Step Dancing. For information about the college, please e-mail info@collegeofpiping.com.

The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association
The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to improving all aspects of solo and band bagpipe and drums music. Generally, the focus is on the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Scottish snare drum, the tenor drum, the bass drum and the performance of drum majors. The president is Joseph McGonigal, who can be e-mailed at president@euspba.org, or for general correspondence email zecsec@euspba.org.

The Piper's and Pipe Band Association of Ontario
Visit the PPBSO site to view the rules and regulations, upcoming events and competitions, merchandise to purchase and a list of instructors. You can contact the president, Ron Rollo at ron.rollo@sympatico.ca, or for general inquiries e-mail info@ppbso.org.

The Voice
The Voice is the internationally acclaimed publication of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. It is the USA's first and finest piping and drumming magazine focused on the education of pipers and drummers across the US and international piping and drumming scenes. If you have any questions regarding The Voice, send an email to voice@euspba.org.

Fellow Musicians

Caverners
I have been a fan of the Caverners for several years. There presentation is very authentic from their instruments, the outfits, their accents, and, of course, the music. They always attact a large and lively audience. Be sure to visit their website for a list of upcoming events. General email is comments@caverners.com, or if you would like to look into booking them, email bookings@caverners.com

Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara (MOON)
International favourites, North American tunes, Broadway hits, Celtic music, Pops, light classics - the Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara (MOON) does it all! Under the direction of Sylvia Hlywka Brabson, this group of musicians presents a wide range of music sure to delight any audience. To contact the conductor, email Sylvia at sbrabson@becon.org

McPherson's Rant Celtic-Folk Band
For the past six years, McPherson's Rant has entertained audiences with their rich harmonies and fine instrumentals. They perform traditional Celtic and down East music, favourites by the Pogues and Great Big Sea, and Canadian folk and popular music with a Celtic twist. The group performs at local watering holes in Niagara and Hamilton, and also plays at weddings, wakes, and private parties. For all your inquiries, please e-mail sharryn@mcphersonsrant.ca or call Sharryn at 905-834-0941 or Kelly at 905-937-4196.

Sandy Vine And The Midnights
SANDY VINE AND THE MIDNIGHTS have been delighting company party, festival and dance hall crowds with their party dance music for over fifteen years. Their nostalgia influenced sound brings back the best memories of the 1950's to the 1990's, as well as the Top 40 hits of today. Sandy Vine's longtime experience in leading this terrific dance band also helps to make the party a great success. He judges the mood of a dance crowd like the seasoned professional should - just the right mixture of classic party fast tunes as well as those romantic slow songs to which all couples love to sway. Contact the band at bookings@sandyvine.com or by calling 905-562-6683.

Vox Violins, Beth Bartley & Mark Clifford
Beth & Mark have played 25 years of their own choices, so it is all over the map...celtic, gypsy, blues, swing, lyrical, space..."the final frontier", as much original music as you'd like - - and story songs........ Mark and Beth look at Vox Violins as a life project, the goal is to continue. They have both been playing music, for people, most of their lives, and have been able to keep true to what they believe to be the true spirit of the muse. Vox Violins have strolled amongst wedding party guests, corporate clients, garden party birthday partiers, living room concert guests, and new vintage tasters and have been in many concert situations. They are very adaptable, with a wide variety of styles in their repertoire. Their recorded music has been played on CBC radio and theyve been featured on many different radio and television shows over the past 25 years. Not to be missed!

Learning & Recording Tools

Audacity. The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. This is a great tool for improving your skills, learning new tunes and recording music. If you check out the section of my website titled MY MUSIC, you will hear recordings made with Audacity.

METRONOME ONLINE - free!
This online metronome is ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music. It helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections and it is always available for free to all students of music at metronomeonline.com

Scottish Shops & Retailers

The Wee Scottish Shop
The Scottish Loft carries everything British including videos, food & candy, clothing and gifts, ranging from the expected to the truly unusual. Whether you are from Scotland, England or Wales, you will find everything you need to bring Britain home. For all you Scots and "Wannabe" Scots, they have your clan association, your clan crest and your tartan. Check out their full selection of tartan clothing including kilt rentals. The Scottish Loft is now selling my new CD, Passion For Piping.Visit the Scottish Loft, 13 Queen St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0. Phone: 905-468-0965. Toll Free: 1-800-268-6303. E-mail: sales@scottishloft.com

Weddings & Other Special Events

Moonage Studios
Specializing in Films, Music Videos, Weddings, Corporate and Live Events.  Visit thier website at www.moonagestudios.com or contact Cinematographer Adam Griffiths at adam@moonage.ca or 905-802-1084.  

All Seasons Weddings - Your Wedding Ceremony Your Way
Personalized civil and spiritual weddings and custom marriage ceremonies at a location you choose ... your home, cottage, garden, hall, museum, park, restaurant, hotel, reception hall or a church. Whether you want a traditional or a contemporary ceremony, your day will be a truly wonderful experience... unique, personalized, and to your complete satisfaction. Licensed Officiants thoughout Ontario.

Caswell's Clothing
Caswell's has been in the clothing business since 1959. Visit Caswell's for formalwear by Freeman, Travelwear by Tilley Endurables & Exofficio, suits and sports jackets by Jack Victor and S. Cohen, and for all your Scottish events, Caswells also rents kilts and accessories. Contact Caswell's Cothing at 905-356-1641 or e-mail them at info@caswellsclothing.com

Chocolate Collectibles
Personalized chocolate gifts and party favors for any event, occasion and budget. Chocolography is a new and unique patented technology which makes it possible to reproduce any picture, image or message right on the surface of delicious chocolate. Personalized! Edible! Memorable! Contact Roger or John Daniels at 905-934-8022 or by e-mail at proudsales@sympatico.ca.

DJ Services-Ted's Tunes
Contact Ted's Tunes DJ Service for your wedding or special event.
Entertaining Niagara since 1977.
Call 905-646-3849 or Cell 289-213-8712.

McPherson's Rant, Celtic-Folk Band

McPherson's Rant has entertained audiences with their rich harmonies and fine instrumentals since 2001. They perform traditional Celtic and down East music, favourites by the Pogues and Great Big Sea, and Canadian folk and popular music with a Celtic twist. The group performs at local watering holes in Niagara and Hamilton, and also plays at weddings, wakes, and private parties. For all your inquiries, please e-mail sharryn@mcphersonsrant.ca or call Sharryn & Gene at 905-834-0941 or Kelly & Allen at 905-937-4196.

Nerses Photo Studio
Nerses Photo Studio is a family owned business, which was established in 1966. They offer personal service, including a beautiful garden in their back yard, which was specifically designed with their clients in mind. To view a sample of a photo taken by Nerses Photographers, look in my 'Gallery' for a photo which was taken at a wedding in Queenston Heights. Call 905-682-7112 or 1-877-505-1266 or visit their website for more information.

Niagara Wedding Helper / Hamilton Wedding Helper
The Niagara Wedding Helper publication and website are Niagara and Hamilton's fastest growing and most recognizable wedding planning resource. Couples can find everything they need to plan their special day from start to finish. To obtain general information about the Wedding Helper, you can call Dennis or Cheryl Rogers at 905-892-4450 or e-mail them at contactus@niagaraweddinghelper.com.

Reverend Mandi Neiser, Wedding Minister

Mandi is committed to providing you with a uniquely personalized and memorable wedding ceremony, performed with the utmost professionalism at the location of your choice. To contact Mandi Neiser, Wedding Minister, call 905-664-4257 or e-mail her at info@marriedbymandi.ca

Yet More Great Links

PHOTOGRAPHY: John Grant

I would like to thank John Grant for many of the photos that appear on this website. He has such a creative instinct as you will see when you visit his website. Sit back and enjoy his pictures, which include animals, people, landscape and, one of his other passions, windsurfers. If you would like to contact John, his e-mail address is windinsight@yahoo.ca. Thanks again John. I really appreciate all your help. 

WEBSITES: 905 Information Technology
905 IT serves the greater Niagara Region in Southern Ontario, Canada with outstanding on-site, off-site and telephone based technical support for all hardware and software issues. Furthermore, 905 IT strives to bring your website to life by creating dynamic, interactive, database driven websites. They offer everything from simple contact forms to fully featured eCommerce sites. To contact Chris Reid, who developed this website, e-mail chris@905it.com or call 905-380-7343

 




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