DIGGING the DIRD II
Pete Stewart hosts a One-Day Workshop
on the Interpretation of Lowland and Border Bagpipe Music

"We have to find a way of playing this stuff that kicks butt – then we’ll know how they did it" (Dick Hensold)

March 21st 9am - 5pm
Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society Rooms,
Rose Street Lane South,
Edinburgh [Directions: google is wrong!]

Fee £30  (Limited to 10 places)
Two student bursaries are available, sponsored by the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society; to apply email Pete
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 to the subject forty years of playing the traditional dance music of Europe, including twenty years of lowland piping.
Please Note: This workshop is for Scottish smallpipes in A and is not suitable for beginners, since it will cover a good deal of music without much opportunity for learning the notes on the day. Along with confirmation of your booking you will receive copies of the music which we will concentrate on, though some proficiency in sight-reading will be an advantage.

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!"
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email Hornpipe Music  for more information