a Vermont gathering for bellows-pipers

July 25-29, 2016


The 2016 school will again feature Fin Moore and Tim Cummings

July 25-29, 2016 | 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 2016 the gathering will be enjoying its sixth 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 (pipemaker and Seudan piper) and Tim Cummings (Birchen Music). Nate Banton will also be assisting.

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

Further details:

Dates: July 25-29, 2016 (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: Early Bird Registration, due by March 31, 2016: $540. (Early registration will save you $35 and help facilitate instructor visas.) Standard Fee, after March 31, 2016: $575. Payments and refunds: A deposit of $200 per person upon registration will hold your spot and is refundable until 5/1/16. Full payment is due by 6/1/16. Cancel before 7/1/16 to avoid losing 50% of your initial payment. Space is limited. 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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