The Uilleann Pipes program at Winter School 2024Register Now
Winter School is an opportunity to learn tunes from some of the best players and the most inspiring instructors of Celtic music, spending time in community with fellow musicians and music appreciators, and just have fun!
The Uilleann Pipes classes will take place concurrently with the Piobaireachd program and the Kids’ Pipes & Drums program. This program is not ideal for complete beginners.
Students arrive on Thursday afternoon, February 1st. The schedule will include group classes each day, evening ceilidhs, an opportunity to attend the instructor concert, and a few fun extras. The program ends after breakfast on Monday, February 5th. Many students choose to stay on for Highland Pipes week which begins after breakfast on Monday, February 5th.
Fred Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, but it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style. His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering acts like the Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers. Although his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish small pipes, or reel pipes – Morrison being a pivotal popularizer of this once-rare variety – and Irish uilleann pipes. He was also one of the first Scottish artists to forge dynamic links with his Celtic cousins in Brittany and north-west Spain, adding further to his repertoire of influences and tunes, and has long been renowned as an outstanding tune composer.
Week Eight of the Bagpipes for Beginners Series
An evening concert with Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connor and guitarist Don Penzien