August of this year saw the 18th iteration of the Pipers’ Gathering—for its third year at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut. Some 70 participants came together to enjoy a weekend of piping and other music-making, workshops and concerts. Piping Instructors/Performers in 2016 included: Scottish smallpipes—Iain MacInnes (Scotland), Barry Shears (Cape Breton, Canada) and Chris Gray (US) Uilleann pipes—Brian McNamara (Ireland), Benedict Koehler (US) and Chris Gray (US) Northumbrian smallpipes—Bill Wakefield (US) Border pipes—Will Woodson (US) And because pipes and their music don’t exist in solitary, the Gathering also hosts workshops and lessons on other, “complementary” instruments such as whistle, flute, fiddle, and fretted instruments (guitar, bouzouki and the like).Read more »
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