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.