We’re Back… with a Scottish smallpipes concert to round out the end of summer, and our first dance.
CAPE BRETON PIPERS: BARRY SHEARS & THE SHEPHERDSTOWN PIPING COLLECTIVE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24. 2019 AT 8PM
St Peter’s Lutheran Church
Barry Shears, born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, NS, in 1956, is an acknowledged expert on the history of traditional piping in Nova Scotia and its intrinsic connection to the Gaelic language, music and culture. He comes from a musical family which includes 3 piping brothers. His first lessons in piping were from Angus MacIntyre, whose family came to Cape Breton in 1826, were descended from Duncan MacIntyre, MacDonald of Clanranald’s 1750s family piper.
An accomplished musician, Barry has performed at concerts and festivals throughout North America, as well as in Scotland and Europe, a highlight of which was a live to air broadcast on Radio France where, along with other well known CB musicians – the late John Morris Rankin of the Rankin family, the late violinist Jerry Holland and multi-instrumentalist David MacIsaac, the unique, uplifting and wonderful sound of Cape Breton music was introduced to a wide European audience in 1990.
In 1981 Barry performed with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron in a series of concerts in both Nova Scotia and Scotland. His own CD, ‘A Cape Breton Piper’ is his tribute to this traditional, Gaelic- based piping style and has been very well received, not only by lovers of bagpipe music but to fans of all forms of Celtic music. Barry is also a composer of pipe tunes and, along with winning third prize in a world-wide piping composition contest sponsored by the famous Highland single malt scotch producer Grant’s Distillery on its 100th anniversary, his original compositions and arrangements have appeared in books and recordings of other Celtic musicians.
The Shepherdstown Piping Collective combines the talents of Shepherdstown piper, Robert Mitchell with piper, Sean Reidy, percussionist Anna Oyler and multi-instrumentalist, Nicholas Blanton. Known for an ecelectic repertoire of piping melodies and subtle harmonies, their spirited arrangements will set the mood for the concert.
Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and $15 members and $10 students. At the door: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 members and $10 children/students.
Advance tickets will be available online from Brown Paper Tickets, by mail (send a check to SMaD, PO Box1293, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 with your order), or for full price at the door.
And our first dance of the season!!
Saturday, September 7 • 8 pm
Greg Frock calls contra and square dances to music by JWalk – Jakob Raitzyk (fiddle, feet), and Jared Kirkpatrick (keyboard, mandolin, fiddle, feet). The dance is held at the War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV. All levels welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Pot-luck snacks at the break. Free introductory workshop at 7:30. $12; SMAD Members $8; $5 under 12. Info: John Sauer at301-542-3272 or smad.us.
Watch/listen to them here!!!
And yet again… MORE smallpipes! This time with harp!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 AT 4PM
A reel, for those not in the know, is not just for fishing or films. It is also a lively Scottish or Irish dance. And, though The Reel Sisters are not real sisters, they are good friends who have grown closer through their love for traditional Scottish and Irish tunes.
Rosalind Buda plays the Scottish smallpipes, a smaller and quieter cousin to the bagpipes. Kelly Brzozowski plays the Scottish harp. Both Buda and Brzozowski have classical training as well as experience playing traditional folk music. And, while they may not be blood relatives, The Reel Sisters share an easy, familial camaraderie that makes their concerts extra enjoyable.
Rosalind Buda holds a BMUS from the University of Iowa and a MM from New England Conservatory in Bassoon Performance. She has taught and performed throughout the US and Europe. She teaches and performs classical chamber and orchestral music and Celtic music in her in her home of Asheville, NC and throughout Western North Carolina. Keeping to the mountain tradition, Rosalind plays banjo for fun and enjoys contra dance.
Kelly Brzozowski holds a BMUS and a Masters Diploma in Harp Performance and Musicology from the University of North Wales. She has taught and performed throughout Europe and the US. Kelly lives in Atlanta where she maintains a large teaching studio and performs both classical and Celtic music. When she is not performing or teaching, she is homeschooling her son. You will often find them designing and conducting experiments.
Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and $15 members and $10 students. At the door: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 members and $10 children/students. Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets.
END OF SEPTEMBER 2019 POST……