Digging the Dird
April 5th, Royal Scottish Pipers Society Rooms, Edinburgh
A one-day workshop on the interpretation of Lowland and Border bagpipe music, hosted by Pete Stewart.
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'.
Dick Hensold once observed, speaking of the music of William Dixon, that 'We have to find a way to make this music kick ass - then we'll know how they did it'. The day's activities will be centred around the pursuit of this objective.
Pete will be well known to many as author of two books on the history of the Lowland bagpipe and its music, and as editor of 'Common Stock', the journal of the LBPS. He has taught workshops in the UK and in the US and brings forty years of playing the traditional dance music of Europe, including
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.
"Thank you VERY much for a wonderful and enlightening lowland and borders piping weekend in Seattle. I was hoping to expand my piping experience into unexplored realms. You delivered on that and far, far more. Bravo!"