Rathmore to HEADLINE Texas Scottish Festival this Friday May 5, 2017!

Matt’s Celtic Rock band Rathmore will be headlining this Friday at Texas Scottish Festival, with the show starting at 9pm. Several members of Metroplex United, including Peter Bailey, Leah Jahns, and Barrett Bishop will join Matt onstage for the introduction of the show. You don’t want to miss this!

Just in time for the Holidays! Volume TWO: Christmas Edition of Tunes, Chords & Harmony AVAILABLE!

JUST RELEASED on AMAZON!! http://www.amazon.com/dp/1943784094

Experienced highland bagpiper Matt Willis has created a collection of 22 favorite Christmas and holiday songs with unique harmony parts for all of the tunes. This book also contains a CD with all the melodies and harmonies played on the highland pipes by Matt Willis.

An extra feature of this book is the inclusion of guitar chords for the tunes. There are also instructions on how to bring either a guitar into tune with a highland bagpipe or a bagpipe into tune with concert-pitched instruments, like a piano or guitar.

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” are included with four-part harmony, and “What Child Is This?” is included with three=part harmony.

The included CD features every tune in the book and is especially useful to hear all of these tunes played with their harmonies. The melody is panned to one speaker and the harmony is panned to the other to allow you to listen to each part separately as well as together.

With one-part harmony:
Angels We Have Heard on High
Auld Lang Syne
Away in a Manger
The First Noël
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A-Wassailling
I Saw Three Ships
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
O Christmas Tree
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Pat-a-pan
Up on the Housetop
We Three Kings
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

With multipart harmony:
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
What Child Is This?

Matt’s first tune book/CD just published and available on Amazon.com!

Matt Willis is ecstatic to announce his first book/CD Tunes, Chords & Harmony Volume ONE. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015HQTMGE

Tunes, Chords & Harmony Volume ONE is a collection of original tunes, rearranged traditional melodies, and unique harmony parts for classic and new tunes. This book also contains a CD with all the melodies and harmonies played on the highland pipes by Matt Willis.

An extra feature of this book is the inclusion of guitar chords for the tunes. There are also instructions on how to bring either a guitar into tune with a highland bagpipe or a bagpipe into tune with concert-pitched instruments, like a piano or guitar.

The classical pieces “Going Home” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” are also included with four-part harmony.

The included CD features every tune in the book and is especially useful for the tunes with harmonies. For these tracks, the melody is panned to one speaker and the harmony is panned to the other to allow you to listen to each part separately as well as together.

Reels & Hornpipes:
The Challenger
The Merry Blacksmith
Toss the Feathers
Piratical
The Jolly Beggarman
MacKay’s Reel

Jigs & Strathspey:
Rustic Wind
Back on Schedule
Merrily Kiss the Quaker’s Wife
The Rakes of Kildare
Old Hag, You Have Killed Me
The Jiggy Beggarman
MacKay’s Jig
MacKay’s Strathspey

Marches:
Anchors Aweigh
The Army Goes Rolling Along
Cort’s Welcome
Cutting Bracken
The Houston Highland Games
MacKay’s March

Marines’ Hymn
The Minstrel Boy with harmony
Porter’s Lullaby

Songs and Airs:
Amazing Grace with harmony
America the Beautiful
Danny Boy with harmony
Kirk of the Highlands with harmony
MacKay’s Air with harmony
Mist Covered Mountains with harmony
Shenandoah with harmony

Classical Pieces:
Going Home with four-part harmony
Canon in D with four-part harmony