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Pipers' Gathering, Vermont

5th - 8th August

   

The Pipers' Gathering features many of the other bagpipe types found in the British Isles and Europe, including Northumbrian Smallpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Irish uilleann pipes, Border pipes and the many different varieties of English bagpipes.

 


Details from the Gathering's website:

The Pipers' Gathering is a musical convention that features "alternative bagpipes" of all types. When you hear the word "bagpipe," most folks automatically think of the Great Highland Bagpipe. You know, the guys with the kilts who play those wonderfully loud instruments. Our event features many of the other bagpipe types found in the British Isles and Europe, including Northumbrian Smallpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Irish uilleann pipes, Border pipes and the many different varieties of English bagpipes. Participants are exposed to the broad range of these fascinating instruments and the people who play and make them. The Pipers' Gathering is frequented by some of the finest pipemakers in the world. It is the one place to go in North America if you want to try out and order one of these musical instruments. Nationally recognized music vendors offer hard-to-find items related to this type of piping, such as CD's, cassette tapes, music books and supplies. The Gathering begins on Friday evening with an informal ceilidh. The mornings are dedicated to hands-on piping classes. Saturday and Sunday afternoons feature mini-concerts, lecture-demonstrations, special workshops, and discussions designed to emphasize the linkages between the varying bagpipe types. There are ongoing traditional Irish sessions and plenty of spontaneous jamming. A highlight of the event is the ability to meet and play with musicians of many backgrounds, in groups which constantly form and reform throughout the grounds. Saturday and Sunday evenings feature concerts by of some of the best pipers in the world. Come treat yourself and the whole family to a new world of traditional music."

 

CHANGE OF VENUE

The Pipers’ Gathering is on the move! Rising costs at Killington have forced us to seek a new home and we believe we have found one that you will all enjoy. Champlain College is a small, friendly campus in the heart of Burlington, Vermont which can provide our piping community with all the workshop, symposium and concert space we need as well as offering food and accommodation. In response to last year’s participant survey, we have also changed the date. The next Pipers’ Gathering will be held during the first weekend in August: August 5th through 8th, 2011 (Friday evening through Monday lunchtime). Mark the date on your brand new 2011 calendars!