Bagpipes and bouzouki – as much fun as a big festival but not as loud! Join Asheville bagpiper and small-pipe maker EJ Jones and Nashville-based chord phenomenon Frances Cunningham, seen recently at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Merlefest, play tunes and songs to make you both dance and cry.

EJ Jones and Frances Cunningham


EJ and Frances have been playing together all their lives but spent most of their careers in other bands. They have been touring extensively together for the last 4 years in the Piper Jones Band. Their first album The Wandering Stars has been played on the BBC Radio Scotland’s program Pipeline, NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock, and has been enjoyed on the WNCW Celtic Winds program. The band played Merlefest in 2018. They are headlining the North Texas Irish Festival in 2019.
Piper EJ Jones has excelled as a performer of traditional Highland bagpipe music and as a folk musician co-founding the group Clandestine in 1991 and recording an album with Gerry O’Beirne in 2002. Artists such as Ed Miller and Robert Earl Kean have used EJ’s pipes on their recordings and he had the honor to represent the US at the 2014 MacCrimmon Trophy piping competition and the 2017 World Pipe Band Championship. EJ teaches privately and at weekend workshops and is the music director of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games each July in Linville NC.
Frances Cunningham is an Irish Bouzouki and Tenor Banjo player based in Nashville, TN. She was a founding member of the Celtic rock band SixMileBridge in 1997 and since then has gone on to be an in demand accompanist and session musician in the Nashville recording scene. She has won the Midwest fleadh on both the bouzouki and banjo and spent 5 years playing weekly on the Grand Ole Opry in the Mike Snider String Band. In addition to touring with EJ she teaches workshops on accompaniment in her unique chord style.

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