Saturday, March 23, 2019
Dartmouth & District Pipe Band
(Blaise Theriault, Sean Gillis, Keegan Durnford, Chris Griffin)
About Tom Cuming
Tom Cuming is a percussionist, educator, and award-winning snare drummer located on the east coast of Canada. He specializes on drum set and highland snare, with his home base in the Halifax area.
Hailing from a diverse and musical family from Hammonds Plains, NS, Tom has been exposed to a wide range of genres from Jazz to Orchestral. He started his music career on drum set, studying privately from age twelve to eventually graduating Humber College’s bachelor of music performance program in 2017. Tom is also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces where he is the lead drummer for the Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipes and Drums. He started his highland snare-drumming journey when he joined the military in 2011 and has led various military drum corps since then.
Tom dove into the civilian competition circuit joining his first competition band in 2015. He currently competes with Halifax’s own 78th Highlanders and actively takes part in solo competitions across North America. Tom hopes to help establish Halifax as a highland drumming hub, cultivating a reputation for strong and musical drummers on the east coast of Canada; New Scotland.
Sam, Sarah and Nick grew up playing music together. They received their musical foundations through the College of Piping Pipe Band and have since branched out into trad music as a trio called Absolutely.
Their sets are naturally influenced by pipe band music, but also draw heavily from the traditional Irish and Cape Breton styles. They've played shows across Prince Edward Island this past year and are excited to be part of the Drummers Club in Halifax this March.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
James MacHattie with amateur piping solos and mini band performances followed by a ceilidh performance by Miller - MacDonald - Cormier.
About James MacHattie
James began piping in a youth pipe band in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and the formative experiences he enjoyed there have carried him to become one of Canada’s most respected active pipers. He played with the Edmonton Caledonia (now Alberta Caledonia) Pipe Band before moving to BC, where he played one year with the City of Victoria Pipe Band before joining the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
With SFU he won the World Pipe Band Championship in 1996 and 1999, performed at Carnegie Hall and participated in two live recordings. In 2000 he moved to Toronto, and joined the Toronto Police Pipe Band. In 2004 he became the Pipe Major and led the band to North American Championship wins in 2004 and 2006. He played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders from 2007 to 2009 before moving back to BC. He played the 2010 season with SFU before moving to Summerside where he is the Director of Education for the College of Piping and Pipe Major of the Grade 2 band.
James has enjoyed a successful career as a solo competitor, having won major prizes across Canada, the US, Scotland and France. He is a consistent prize winner in the Gold Medal contests at Oban and Inverness.
He is an active composer, judge, performer and teacher, having taught at schools across Canada. One of his proudest achievements in his piping career was working with the Robert Malcolm Memorial (Juvenile) Pipe Band from 1998 to 1999, culminating in the kids winning both the Juvenile World Pipe Band and Cowal Championships.
James holds an MA in Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia. He has worked in disparate areas, ranging from lecturing at the University of Toronto, to developing and producing business conferences, to working for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
About Miller - MacDonald - Cormier
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music. Joining together the musical traditions of Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands, while incorporating influences from Ireland, Shetland and beyond - Ben and Anita have created a signature sound which Scotland's Piping Today Magazine has described as "Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional."
As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as a trio with Acadian multi-instrumentalist, Zakk Cormier. Zakk is a dynamic musician with deep roots in the musical community of Prince Edward Island. He brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythm of Acadian foot-percussion.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
PIPERS CLUB EMCA WEEK POP UP
A special Pipers Club Atlantic ECMA week event featuring:
Followed by a ceilidh performance Troy MacGillivray with Wendy MacIsaac on piano.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Trevor Kellock & Ryan J MacNeil
Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band Quartet
Brady Webb (featured amateur piper)
Followed by a ceilidh performance by Wendy MacIsaac and Brad Davidge.
About TrEvor Kellock
Trevor has been playing pipes for 20 years including with high level competitive bands across Canada, both as a player and as a pipe major. His playing style is shaped from a diverse range of teachers and influences across different musical platforms. He is an active music teacher and most recently has set up a piping and drumming teaching program with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and the CBU Pipe Band in Sydney, NS, where he currently resides.
About Ryan J MacNeil
Originally from Big Pond and now residing in Sydney, Cape Breton, Ryan is known as a powerful yet graceful player. This accomplished musician has mastered his instruments (highland bagpipe, border pipes and whistles) and brings a unique personal flavour to the music he plays. MacNeil’s electrifying upbeat playing is strongly rooted in Cape Breton’s dance oriented tradition. In the past several years, Ryan has become increasingly well-known as a talented composer. Ryan released his first solo album, "Piper", in 2005.
About Wendy MacIssac
Wendy is an award-winning fiddler, piano player and step dancer from Creignish. By age fifteen, she was playing dances all over Cape Breton Island, forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today. With five records to her credit, she is a favourite with traditional audiences everywhere. Wendy has toured all over the world as a solo performer, and with The Rankins, Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac and Beolach. Most recently, Wendy has teamed up with long time collaborator Mary Jane Lamond in an award-winning combination of their musical sensibilities, their strong celtic roots and their personalities.
ABout Brad Davidge
Born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Gander, Newfoundland, Brad was brought up in a musically rich environment. Since graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a first class honours degree in music, Brad has worked with many well-known East Coast artists, including Gordie Sampson; Bruce Guthro; Lennie Gallant; Mary Jane Lamond, Heather Rankin, and for eight years with Grammy nominated fiddler Natalie MacMaster. He has shared the stage with the likes of Faith Hill, Don Henley; Allison Krauss; Yo-Yo Ma; Michael McDonald; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Hayley Westenra; Rosanne Cash; Sam Bush; Mark O'Connor; Randy Bachman; Wynton Marsalis; and Jerry Douglas. He's performed at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic and Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and has appeared on Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and ABC's New Years Eve Special with Peter Jennings. Currently, Brad continues to work with many different artists in the Maritimes and abroad.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
A Celebration of Woman Pipers featuring:
Katie Buckland (with special guest Karen MacLean)
78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band Trio (Eilidh MacDonald, Kate Kimove, Katie Buckland)
Clare Henderson (featured amateur piper)
Followed by a ceilidh performance from Grace MacMaster & Cailean MacLean.
ABout Katie Buckland
Katie is from Sydney, Nova Scotia and was introduced to the Great Highland Bagpipe by her mom, Pipe Major Karen MacLean. Katie has been a member of the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band and currently plays with the 78th Halifax Citadel Pipes and Drums. She is fortunate enough to be a regular member of the Canadian Armed Forces and is a musician by trade (bagpipes).
Katie is the first female Pipe Major of the Regular force and was given this title during her time in Ottawa with the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums. Katie has travelled around the world playing at many competitions, ceremonies and for members of the Royal Family; including personal piper to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
During Katie's posting to Edmonton, she became Pipe Major of the Viscount Park Pipe Band and led the band to compete at the grade 2 level as well as their participation in Festival Interceltique, Lorient, France. Katie was posted back home to Nova Scotia in 2014 and is the Pipe Major for the 12 Wing Shearwater Pipes and Drums. She is a student of Bruce Gandy's and also has some students of her own.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Featured solo piper: Alex Gandy
Quartet: Dartmouth & District Pipe Band
Featured amateur piper: Gillian Blaney
Ceilidh performance: Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit
ABout Alex Gandy
Alex has been piping since he was 10 years old and has had the good fortune of growing up in a piping family. Since starting he has been taught primarily by his father, Bruce Gandy. More recently he started receiving piobaireachd tuition from Colin MacLellan, his Godfather. In 2006 he moved to Glasgow between high-school and university and took lessons from Roddy MacLeod and played in Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, winning the World Pipe Band Championships in 2007 and placing 2nd in 2008 with FMM. Playing in FMM under P/M Richard Parkes MBE was very influential and helped Alex to become Pipe Major of the Grade 1 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band. The band was a finalist at the World's in 2015 and won the North American Championships at Maxville in 2014. Alex is a multiple prize-winner in the Silver Medals at Oban and Inverness, winner of the Gold Medal in Kansas City and the Canadian Gold Medal and Clasp in Maxville. On the light music side he has won the A Grade MSR at Inverness in 2014 and this past summer he won the A Grade March and S/R at Oban on the same day. Alex and his father are the only father-son duo to have competed against each other in the Silver Star Former Winner's MSR at Inverness.
In his personal life, Alex works at RBC as a Financial Advisor and is engaged to Chantal Watt. Chantal is a seven-time Canadian Champion and has been a finalist at the World Championships held at Cowal each year, placing in the top three several times.