a Vermont gathering for bellows-pipers

July 24-28, 2017


The 2017 school will feature Fin Moore and Gary West

July 24-28, 2017 | Huntington, Vermont (U.S.A.)

Càirdeas ["KAHR-ches"]* is an informal gathering for adults and mature teens seeking fellowship and instruction in the traditional dance and session music of Scotland.

Originally founded as The Vermont Bellowspipe School by Hamish Moore and Matt Buckley in 1988, this intimate assembly has long celebrated the music traditions of Scotland as played on the Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes. Instruction on fiddle, tin whistle, step dance, and Gaelic has often been a part of Càirdeas as well. Instrumental workshops are largely taught by ear with a focus on musicality, rhythm, and repertoire, with sheet music and recordings provided afterwards. One-on-one instruction is also available for those just trying their wings. Evenings feature slow-, medium-, and high-speed jam sessions, and often include guest musicians from Vermont's greater traditional music realm.

In 2017 the gathering will be enjoying its seventh year in picturesque Huntington, Vermont, only a few miles from its original location. Unchanged is the warm welcome and communal, family-style accommodations. We will be welcoming back instructors Fin Moore and Gary West, with Tim Cummings and Nate Banton assisting.

Càirdeas Inc. is now a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Anyone feeling moved to support our endeavors by making a financial donation will receive a tax receipt for income tax purposes. Please contact Chuck Henry < char03@ix.netcom.com > for more information.

For more photos and updates, please visit our Facebook page (non-public).

*The Scots-Gaelic word 'càirdeas' translates to kindred, fellowship, and friendship.

Further details:

Dates: July 24-28, 2017 (Those camping on site may arrive a day early and leave a day late.)
Location: 830 Taft Road, Huntington, Vermont (U.S.A.)
Venue: A small farm in rural Vermont with many horses, three border collies, and a very large cat. Classes will take place in and around the house, porches, and barn.
Cost: $575 per attendee. A deposit of $200 per person upon registration will hold your spot and is fully refundable until 5/1/17. Full payment is due by 6/1/17. Cancel before 7/1/17 to avoid losing 50% of your initial payment. Space is limited. We are sorry to be unable to offer 'early bird registration' discounts this year, but nonetheless appreciate prompt registration in order to help with visa and travel expenses for our overseas instructors. Please contact Chuck Henry < char03@ix.netcom.com > for further payment information.
Scholarships: Some scholarships may be available. Please send a statement of need and we will award scholarships as funding allows.
Accommodations: Tent camping is permitted on site. Undoubtedly there would also be some Airbnb options, and there are several B&Bs and hotels in nearby Richmond and Williston. Contact us for suggestions.
Meals: Delicious, healthy evening meals are communal and prepared by a professional caterer. Please plan to arrange your own breakfast and lunch. (Many participants bring a picnic cooler. There is also a small grocery/deli 5 minutes away, and several restaurants and a larger grocery in the neighboring town of Richmond, 15 minutes away.) Participants will have access to the kitchen at the farm.

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For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact: rshuttleworth [at] sympatico.ca

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