With many major solo titles to his credit, successful books of music on the shelves, compositions in the repertoires of bands the world over, Micheal Grey is undoubtedly one of Canada's foremost pipers.
He received his first lessons at twelve from George Walker of the 48th Highlanders of Canada and was a member of this illustrious band for three years. He studied under John Wilson and received extensive tuition from Bill Livingstone and John Walsh. He has four times won the North American Championship, the overall title at the Vancouver Indoor Meet twice, the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal and that venue's March, Strathspey & Reel and Former Winners' MSR on the same day. In 1989 he won the aggregate championship at the Cowal Highland Gathering and has seven times won the Ontario Championship Supreme for Light Music (1989-90-2-3-4-6). Along with this came the Ontario Championship Supreme for Piobaireachd in 1991-3-4-6. In 1995 he won the Toronto Piper's Society Knock-Out final.
Since his early piping years Michael has been a prolific and innovative composer. Evidence of this remarkable composing success is apparent in the on-going popularity of his tunes with bands and individuals at the major competitions. A founding member of the 1987 World Pipe Band Champion 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, he left that organization in 1995 and became Pipe Major of Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, one of North America's top bands. In 1999 Michael left the PRP Pipe Band to concentrate on his business (Celtworks!) and his solo piping - this same year he won the Highland Society of London's Strachan Cup and again was the aggregate winner of the Vancouver Indoor Meet.
An adjudicator, workshop leader and a serious student of written pipe tunes and their composers, Michael has four published books of music and four solo recordings including Volume One of Lismor Record's Composers Series and the 1998 release, "Cuts from Tradtional Cloth", also by Lismor.
"At the 1990's World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, there were more examples of bands performing Grey's tunes than any other composer, living or dead".
- Jim McGillivray.
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"Cuts from Traditional Cloth" L5261
Highland Bagpipe & Shuttlepipes by Michael Grey.
Oliver Schroer (Fiddle)
Peter Andre (Bones & Button Key Accordian)
Patrick O'Gorman (Eb Flute)
John Walsh (Bodhran)
Glenna Mackey-Johnstone, Ryan MacDonald, Shannon MacDonald & Isabel MacDonald (Vocals)
1) Dance Music: Strathspeys & Reels:
Cut & Dry, Mrs Gordon of Aberdour, Miss Mary Stewart of Derculich, The Bridge of Garry, Lady Glenorchy, Brandlings, Miss Maria Dundas, Three Pints Plus, The Oyster Wive's Rant.
2) Rune to Jigs:
Clach Mhìn Mheallain, Buggerlugs, Dr Angus MacDonal'ds off to Skye, The Left-Handed Piper, The Sunday Post Highlander.
3) Words & Music: Lyrics & Slow Airs:
Song for Graham Alexander, The Eastern Townships.
4) Old Music: A19th Century March, Strathspey & Reel:
The Marchioness of Tullibardine's Welcome to Blair Castle, Arniston Castle, The Smith of Chilliehassie.
5) The Immigrant's Suite
6) New Music: Contemporary Competition Marches:
Mrs Isabel MacDonald, George A. Walker
7) Water Music
8) Marching Music: Quicksteps in Compound Time:
Bannocks of Barley Meal, Bundle and Go, Blustering Home.
9) Just Jigs: The £200 Club, Marjorie Lowe.
10) Piobaireachd agus canntaireachd:
The Prince's Salute.
11) Fade to Hornpipes:
The Referendum Hornpipe, The Queen Street Cattle Car.
This recording is intentionally heavy on the gaelic-celtic idiom.....and the listener is rewarded well!! A great mixture of Bagpipe, smallpipe, vocals, fiddle, accordian, flute etc.
"The Composer's Series, Volume 1" L5217
Highland Bagpipes & Shuttlepipes
With John Walsh accompanying on the last track with the Bodhran.
Mike, well known for his piping compositions, shows off some his best from this 1992 production. (Includes bagpipe and shuttle pipes.)
1) Air & Hornpipe:
The Allangrange Garret, Bruce Gandy's Dusty Chanter.
2) 2/4 Marches:
Mrs Joan Grey, Jamie MacInnes of Cape Breton
3) Strathspeys with 2/2 & 3/2 Reels:
N.J. Cardenden, MacLeod House, Glenora, Jane Campbell, Fleshmarket Close, Quebec Breakdown, Legal Repercussions.
4) Retreat March & Jig:
Katie Grey's Welcome from Scotland, Dunrovin Farm.
5) Air, Hornpipe & Jig:
The Eastern Townships, Wed at Last, The Whitby Runaround.
6) Strathspey & Reels:
The Old Schoolhouse, Glenclune, John MacLean, A.W. Berthoff's Reel.
7) 2/4 Marches:
Pipe Major William Livingstone, George A. Walker.
Gordon MacRae's Favourite, William Grey, John Walsh's Walk.
9) Marches in Comound Time:
Iain Symington, Blustering Home.
Tom Anderson, Andrew Bonar, The Crooks of the Kingdom, Cross Border Sidestep.
11) Air & 3/2 Hornpipes:
Andrew Campbell's Lullaby, Finbarr Saunders, Rod MacNeil's Waltz, Rosemary MacNeil of Barra Glen, Mrs Larter of Halifax.