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Pipers Weekend -  January 15-17, 2021

Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, and sessions for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, and mixed instruments.
Staff include: Brian Bigley (uilleann pipes), Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes),   Sean Gavin (Flute), Alice Robinson (Northumbrian smallpipes), Michael Roddy, Fin Moore, and Barry Shears on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes, and Nicolas Gerardin on French pipes.

 Tentative 2021 Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 15, 2021

3:00-5:00 pm: Zoom Class: Maintenance tips from our favorite pipemakers for Scottish smallpipe and Uilleann pipes Maintenance tips with Brian Bigley, Nate Banton and Robert Felsburg
   YouTube Repertoire Explorations
7:30- 9:00 pm: French and Irish Pipes and Flute Showcase Concert
9:30-11: Pipers Round Robin
An “Open Mike” / Show & Tell Introduction and play along session.  BYOB

Saturday, January 16, 2021

9:00-9:30 am: Zoom Greet and tech session
10:00-12:00 am:Class 1 Zoom Sessions
    Joey Abarta: Uilleann Pipe Foundations 
    Michael Roddy: Exploring Irish Repertoire on Scottish and Irish Pipes
    Alice Robinson: Quintessential Northumberland Repertoire 
    Fin Moore: Advanced Strathspeys for Border and Smallpipes
12:00-1:00 pm:Lunch Break
1:00-1:30 Alice Robinson Showcase concert

2:00-4:00 pm:Class 2 Zoom Sessions

    Brian Bigley: Intonation and Performance on Irish Pipes (Brian Bigley
    Sean Gavin: Irish Flute Technique 
    Barry Shears: Jig Playing from the Cape Breton Perspective 
    Michael Roddy: Exploring the C natural on SSP and Border Pipes
    Nicolas Gerardin: Exploration of Central French Repertoire

4:00-6:00 pm: Mini Classes & Repertoire Workshop time
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner Break

7:30-9:30 pm: Scottish Pipes Showcase Concert 
Followed by Jam Sessions in the student center until midnight

Sunday, January 17, 2021

10:00-12:00 am: Class 3

     Joey Abarta: The Incredible Uilleann Piping of Tommy Reck
     Michael Roddy: Repertoire from Outside the Box... Music from Shetland, Sweden, Ireland, French Canada, and more! 
     Fin Moore: Strathspeys Demystified... and Introduction to the Strathspey
     Alice Robinson: Here and Now: Contemporary music on the Northumbrian Smallpipes

12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:00-4:00 pm: Class 4

    Sean Gavin: Express Yourself, Tools for better playing on the Uilleann Pipes 
    Tim Cummings: Scotland Meets Appalachia: Old Time Music on the Smallpipes
    Barry Shears: The Music of Alex Curry
    Nicolas Gerardin: Technique and Aproach to the Central French Bourree

2021 Fees & Application 

A weekend tuition fee of $140 covers all program events including both evening concerts, extra sessions, and full 8 hours of instruction in classes and workshops. Partial weekend tuition options are also available. For partial weekend fees, see below or the application form.

There are single "full day" rates, and a Take 2 option...which includes a concert and repertoire packet in addition to any 2 Zoom classes.
For a la carte selections...
$10 registration fee plus $20 per Zoom class, $10 per jam session or repertoire kit, $10 for either evening concert and $5 for noontime concerts. Or see the application form.​

Please Apply in Advance!  Invitations, sending connections and processing applications takes time, please apply early.  Applications on day of event will likely be chaotic and may not be productive.  Thanks.

Scholarship Opportunities
We have set the tuition at a level where we think we can meet expenses with our usual turnout.  We want everyone who wants to attend to be able to, regardless of finances.  We realize that this has been a very difficult year for some.  Please pay in full if you can.  If you find this is a hardship, please contact our office at (304) 263-2531 or by email to work out an appropriate fee.

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