Uilleann Pipes | Woodwinds

ANNOUNCING CELTFEST TRAD BAND: This year, CeltFest is delighted to present a comprehensive music school featuring many disciplines, which, though, taught separately, come together during CeltFest week to form a special ensemble — TRAD BAND. This is open to all full-time students registered in Celtic Music School instrumental subjects, and will take place in Block 6 (4:00-5:00) following the day program.


Programmes: Irish Uilleann Pipe

                        Scottish Smallpipes

Irish Uilleann Pipe — Full Time Major Program

During the sessions which will be tailored to the students' abilities, the following will be covered:

  • Instruction on bag and bellows coordination.
  • Basic through advanced fingering.
  • Ornamentation for dance tunes and aires.

Requests for specific areas of piping will be considered, subject to the constraints of time and variants in technical standards.

Participants will need their own set of pipes: practice and half sets adequate.


Scottish Smallpipes — Evening Program

This course will begin as a one block offering that will be expanded if there is sufficient interest. You may register for it as a part-time student, or you may take it as an elective. Within the Faculty of Piping it will be considered a piping elective and will be available at no extra cost. In this course students will have an opportunity to learn how to become better players. The setting up and maintenance of the instrument will be a major focus as most pipers will have had an opportunity to work specifically on technique within the Highland Pipe classes.

Smallpipe players are encouraged to enroll in the regular piping program for the purposes of expanding repertoire and improving fingerwork. Specifically, Smallpipe players will have their instruments examined and evaluated as to the quality of the reeds, how they are set up and how to improve their maintenance.

The class will provide a forum for the instructor(s) and students to share information about resources and innovations. Beyond this, depending on interest, ability level and available time some suggested topics are: The use of the Smallpipe for accompanying other instruments - how does this differ from being the principal instrument in a group?

Do you really need other drones and chanters? Are some tunes better than others for the Smallpipe? Instructors are open to suggestions on other topics.



What to Bring

  • Pens 
  • Pencils 
  • Notebook  
  • Binder or folder for handouts  
  • Recording devices for musicians (optional)  
  • Water bottle  
  • Wacky costume for those participants in the Jig and Hornpipe Contest  
  • Shorts  
  • Long Pants  
  • Raingear  
  • Sweater for evening
  • Outdoor Sportswear & Sunscreen 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Beach towel 
  • Bug repellent  
  • Highland Dress/Irish Costumes are Optional  
  • Your best attitude for a fun-filled week of learning! 


Class Schedule/Location

The class schedule and location will be finalized once registration closes on June 25. We will post it here as soon as it is available.

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