John Ludwig is a musician and composer whose philosophy is music is a tool to help people connect with God. His musical diversity ranges from bluegrass, folk, country, Irish, bagpipes, rock, polka, and even zydeco. His musical inspiration was unleashed during his first wife’s battle with terminal ovarian cancer. His first album, “Grief, Loss & Hope for Tomorrow,” shipped on September 11, 2001.

John is an accomplished bagpiper and member of the Medinah Highlanders; President of the Chicago Songwriters Collective since 2006 where he increased the membership from less than 100 to over 1,500; a founding member of the Palos Park Presbyterian Community Church Praise Band; and is a voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).

Although John is more than capable of finding the humor in life, his music is ultimately a tool to help people connect to God.


  • Grief, Loss & Hope for Tomorrow (2001)
  • Working Without a Net (2004)
  • Pipes for the People (2008) – from his alter ego, Piper Johnny
  • Winkin’ Dinkin’ and Nod (2011)
  • Beyond Bitterblue (2007)
  • One Night in Bethlehem (ONiB) (2016)

Song movie credits include

  • “Beyond Bitterblue” used in the film  Bitterblue (later renamed and nationally released as “Angels in Our Midst”)
  • “Dinkin”  used in the film D.I.N.K.S.
  • “Demon of Doubt”  used in film The Vision
  •  “Mind over Mindy” used in the film Mind Over Mindy


John plays out solo or in various band situations. He has an easy rapport with the audience and has played in a variety of places; some expected, some not. These include coffeehouses, yearly at the Fox Valley Folk Festival, acoustic performances on a prairie for a conservation group, and nursing homes.

Over the last 30 years he has played bagpipes with Shrine bands in hundreds of parades and performances, as well as solo gigs at weddings, funerals, and parties.

Some of his favorite musical moments were playing for Katrina evacuees and also playing at the maximum security wing of the Cook County Jail.

Songs by John Music Record Label

John and his wife Jill work together in the business of recording, publishing, and distribution. For more information, get in touch with Jill Ludwig at, or visit John’s website



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