Chris Gray grew up on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and has been playing music and creating art for as long as he can remember. He received his BA in Music and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College in 2010. He then went on to attain his Diploma in Irish Traditional Music and an MA in Ethnomusicology from University College Cork, in the south of Ireland, in 2011 and 2012.
Chris is both an artist and a musician/composer. As a multi-instrumentalist, he specializes in playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistles in addition to being an accomplished percussionist. He has recorded and produced two albums, Piob More (2010) and Ceol As Corcaigh (2011), and is currently working on a third.
Chris has performed for numerous events and venues in New England and Ireland, including the Saint Andrew’s Society of Maine Burns Dinner; the Maine Celtic Celebration; the Maine Saltwater Festival; and the Highland Games in Maine, New Hampshire, and New Brunswick. In addition, he has annually been piping for the Blessing of the Fleet in Bass Harbor, Maine. During the summer, Chris co-hosts sessions every Tuesday night at Paddy Murphy’s in Bangor, Maine.