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'Digging the Dird' Workshop

Saturday 3 January 2015
Exploring the music of the Lowland Piper

On Saturday 3 January 2015, Pete Stewart of the Lowland & Border Piping Society will visit us from Scotland to host a full day workshop on the interpretation of Lowland and Border bagpipe music.

 Stewart has many years experience in not only playing the fiddle and Scottish small pipe, but researching the rich and varied history of lowland piping. He has produced a number of books on the subject, including Welcome Home My Dearie, The Day it Daws - The Lowland Scots Bagpipe and its Music, and many more. Pete is the current editor of Common Stock - the journal of the Lowland & Border Pipers' Society (LBPS) and has placed in several categories in the LBPS Annual Competitions over the past few years. He has taught workshops in the UK and in the US and brings forty years of playing the traditional dance music of Europe.

The music of the Lowland Scots bagpipe remains for many an unexplored territory. In this one-day introductory workshop, Pete will lead a journey through the basic characteristics of repertoire, exploring aspects of interpretation, tempo, rhythm and the elusive quality known in lowland Scots as 'dird'. This will not be a masterclass in technical wizardry. Rather, it will be a guided exploration of the challenge of bringing this forgotten repertoire back to life.

Places are limited to 10, so please email or phone Geoff on 0419 567 038 if you'd like to reserve a place.

  • Venue:  St Stephen's Presbyterian Church hall in Flemington
  • Time: 12.30 pm to 8.30 pm (4 x 1.5 hr sessions including breaks/dinner)
  • Cost: Workshop cost $50 (plus dinner - see below)
  • Sustenance: Tea, coffee & biscuits provided. We aim to have a dinner break at a local restaurant/cafe at your own cost. There are reasonably priced local choices.
  • Music: Participants will be sent some music to contemplate prior to the workshop. Copies will also be available on the day.

Here's a little clip from the 2014 LBPS competition with Pete Stewart (left) & Callum Armstrong (right).

We wish you all a safe and happy time this Christmas and look forward to seeing you at the workshop (Sat 3 Jan) or our next session.

Your friends in piping,
The Celtic Piping Club crew

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