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Posted by admin on 2011/12/22 22:50:00 (3026 reads)

Glenn Brown

Glenn Brown is 27 years old and originally from Milton, Ontario, Canada. A teacher at The National Piping Centre, Glenn’s Pipe Band back ground includes eight seasons with his mother Gail Brown’s band The Milton Optimist’s. This Band won the Juvenile World Championship in 1994, followed by the Grade 3 World Champion title in 1997. In 1998 Glenn joined the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band at age 14. From there he joined The 78th Fraser Highlanders, based in Toronto for a further two years. In the autumn of 2001 Glenn became a member of Shott’s and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band where he spent the next six years. During this time the band won two Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships. For the 2008 Season Glenn returned to be the Pipe Major for the Grade 1, Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, based in Brampton, Ontario. He is currently a piper for the ScottishPower Pipe Band, based in Glasgow. As well as his band piping Glenn has studied Ceol Mor and Ceol Beag with Mr. Willie McCallum for the past nine years.

His Solo Piping achievements are as follows:
Canadian Gold Medal for Ceol Mor, 2006
A Grade Piobaireachd at the London Championships, 2006
American Gold Medals for Ceol Mor and Ceol Beag at Kansas City Winter Storm, 2007
Cameron Gillies Recital Challenge, 2007
Dunvegan Medal for Ceol Mor, 2007
A Grade March, Strathspey and Reel at the London Championships, 2007
A Grade March at The Argyllshire Gathering, 2009
Runner Up in the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering, 2009
Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal at The Northern Meeting, 2009

Posted by admin on 2011/12/22 22:50:00 (6809 reads)

Joshua Dickson

Joshua Dickson is Head of Scottish Music at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). Born and raised in Alaska, he arrived in Scotland in 1992 to study Scottish Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen (MA, 1996). He then undertook doctoral research in the history of the piping tradition of the southern Outer Hebrides at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh (PhD, 2001), now published under the title When Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South Uist (John Donald, 2006). He has performed publicly in the contemporary Gaelic music scene with Na Trì Seudan and Allan MacDonald’s award-winning 2004 Edinburgh Festival recital series, From Battlelines to Barlines. His ground-breaking anthology of piping studies in our time, The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition , is published by Ashgate under its Popular & Folk Music series (2009).
He is also a postdoctoral fellow of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, and is assistant editor of peer-reviewed journal Scottish Studies.

Selected publications and papers read

2009 The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate.

2007 'Passive transmission of Hebridean bagpipe music in the 20th century: an interview with Mrs Mary Ann Lindsay in 1976 (with contextual notes and transliteration of syllabic notation)'. Tocher 2007, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh (forthcoming).

2007 'Practice-based piping scholarship: an overview'. 14th William Kennedy Piping Festival, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh.

2007 'Piping in South Uist and Benbecula: a research journal, 21-27 November 2006 (in three parts)', with J Decker Forrest. Piping Today 28–30, Glasgow: National PipingCentre

2007 ' On Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping: 1745 – 1945 by John G Gibson'. Review. Scottish Studies 34. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

2006 When Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South Uist. Edinburgh: John Donald.

2006 'Voicing Ben Lawers: an oral history of north Lochtayside', with Dr Gary West and Ms Shona MacKay. Occasional Papers series of online publications, Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.

2006 'The life and music of Lachlan B'n MacCormick, Benbecula, 1859–1952'. Piping Live Festival lecture, National Piping Centre, Glasgow.

2005 'Calum Campbell: piper out of a long tradition' The Independent, 2 February, p. 33

2005 'Authenticity, identity and the transformation of Gaelic music: a Survivals and Revivals case study'. Folk and Identity in Celtic Studies Conference, University of Cardiff.

2004 'S fhada mar seo tha sinn: p'obaireachd a bha agus bhios'. Ceolas Festival lecture, Lochboisdale.

2003 'Tradition and change in South Uist (parts one and two)'. Piping Today 6 and 7 (Sep – Dec), Glasgow: National Piping Centre.

2003 'Hiharin in 1940s Stoneybridge: a remnant of an earlier tradition?'. Piping Times 55/5 (Feb), Glasgow: College of Piping.

2003 'The age of improvement: piping in South Uist, 1900 – 1958'. John MacFadyen Memorial Lecture, Stirling Castle.

2002 'The voiced and the unvoiced: observations of verbal aesthetics among musicians in the Hebrides'. Rannsachadh na Gaidhlig 2 Conference, University of Glasgow.

Posted by admin on 2011/12/19 11:40:00 (7913 reads)

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Posted by admin on 2011/12/12 18:10:00 (6326 reads)

Finlay MacDonald

Finlay started piping at the age of ten with tuition from his father, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald of the Neilston and District Pipe Band.
With Neilston Pipe Band he has travelled world wide playing at concerts and festivals as far a field as Japan, China, Russia and all over Europe.
After 3 years studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Finlay was in the first class to graduate with a BA Scottish Music.
Having specialised in performance and composing, he has been in demand as a performer and has toured with top Scottish Bands such as Def Shepherd, Battlefield Band, Old Blind Dogs and the Kate Rusby Band. Based in Glasgow, Finlay has been popular as a session musician recording on as many as 20 albums in many different musical generes including Jazz, Classical and Traditional.
His first solo album was released in 2000 to critical acclaim and after that formed the “Finlay MacDonald Band”. This band combines the idioms of Contemporary Piping with Jazz, Funk and Dance.
The album “Pressed For Time” was released in 2003 and the band have been touring in Italy, France and Spain with great success.
In 2008 Finlay has been appointed as Director of the Piping course at the Royal Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow and is a piping instructor at the National Piping Centre, Glasgow.

Posted by admin on 2011/12/1 15:50:00 (2226 reads)

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