The Piper Jones Band is centered around beautifully and energetically played Highland bagpipes accompanied by the percussive chords of the bouzouki and drum. In addition to original instrumentals and traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Appalachia, the group sings powerful harmonies and can lead the audience in traditional Celtic dances. They bring authentic traditional music in an entertaining form.
Technical experts, they can focus on delivering a passionate and audience-focused show.
Piper Jones Band seeks to share abundant spirit, life-filled dance tunes, and song – with those who know Celtic music well and with those who are hearing it for the first time.
Piper EJ Jones has excelled as a performer of traditional Highland bagpipe music and as a folk musician, co-founding the renowned group Clandestine in 1991. In addition to Clandestine’s five albums, he has a solo album, The Willow, with Gerry O’Beirne and Rosie Shipley. EJ has recorded for artists such as Ed Miller, Robert Earl Keen, and others. In addition to performance, EJ teaches privately and at piping workshops and seminars across the US. EJ is ranked as a professional level competitive piper in the Eastern US Pipe Band Association and recently had the honor to represent the US at the 2014 MacCrimmon Trophy piping competition at Festival Interceltique Lorient in Lorient, France.
Frances Cunningham, on bouzouki, lives in Nashville and is a frequent member of the Mike Snider String Band, playing weekly on the Grand Ole Opry. Frances has enjoyed a long career performing nationwide with a variety of musicians. Her first love is traditional Irish music, and she was the winner of the Midwest Fleadh in 2013 in both accompaniment and tenor banjo. Beloved by fans from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast, Frances is currently recording her first solo album.
The percussion is organized according to the needs of the performance, from full drum kit, to a hand drums setup, to the Tupan, double-sided marching drum with both bass and high sounds. The band has a roster of percussionists all over the country, which allows flexibility since the drummer can be local/regional.
The Piper Jones Band will be at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Avenue, Prescott, on Sunday, November 12. Doors open at 5:30 pm, the show starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 and are sold at the door, cash or check only. For more information, please call 928-771-1218.