THE COLLEGE’S EASTER School has some great tutors lined up: Pipe Major Iain MacPherson (Glasgow Police Pipe Band), Ian Watson (ex- Strathclyde Police Pipe Band) and Colin MacLellan (ex-Pipe Major, Lothian & Border Police Pipe Band).
Quality polis right enough!
The dates are April 3-7 and April 10-14. The cost is only £95.00. Click HERE for more details.
THIS YEAR’S TRADFEST in Edinburgh will open with a piping concert. Hamish Moore is the main organiser for the concert and he has pulled together an interesting line-up for the show which is on Wednesday, April 26. Son, Fin and Angus MacKenzie of the group, Dàimh, will play a set of Cape Breton step dance tunes on pipes copied from the ‘Black Set of Kintail' housed in Inverness Museum.
Brighde Chaimbeul, last year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Traditional Musician of the Year, will play a set on Scottish smallpipes and the wonderful Callum Armstrong is to play a set on Border pipes accompanied by George Pasca on cello. If you've never heard Callum before, take a look at THIS.
Allan MacDonald and Seonaidh MacIntyre will play a set exploring the relationship between ceòl mòr and Gaelic song. This is another bellows piping segment. For those who prefer something a bit more mainstream – for want of a better word – Roddy MacLeod is included in the lineup.
TODAY IS THE deadline for applications to receive a piping bursary courtesy of the Clan MacLean Heritage Trust. Applications are invited worldwide from a promising MacLean (or sept of the clan, such as Beaton, Black, Gilzean, MacEachan, MacVey, MacCormick, MacFadyen, Rankin and more) piper. This bursary is offered once every five years.
Application forms can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
THE PARK BAR in Argyle Street, Glasgow, that famous post-Worlds watering hole and long-time haunt of Glasgow’s Gaels, has produced a CD of the many performers who’ve played and sung there over its 50 years. The CD can be bought in the pub. Proceeds to the RNLI.
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