Published: April 30, 2005

Walker to headline Halifax ‘Feis’

The first “Halifax Celtic Feis” will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the main attraction being June 3’s “Pints and Piobaireachd” session featuring Gordon Walker of Moscow, Scotland. The event will be Walker’s first trip to Eastern Canada.

Other pipers performing and teaching at the festival/workshop are John Cairns, London, Ontario; Jim McGillivray, Aurora, Ontario; Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; John Angus Smith, Glasgow; and Matt MacIsaac, Halifax.

“Gordon’s appearance at the Feis provides an opportunity for pipers and piping enthusiasts alike in Eastern Canada to hear one of the best players in the world today in their own backyard,” says Ian MacIsaac, program manager of the Halifax Celtic Feis. “[Pints and Piobaireachd] is meant to showcase the classical music of the bagpipe in an environment that is entertaining and fun for all people – not just pipers.”

According to MacIsaac, each piper will play a set of light music with emphasis on the “Nova Scotia style.”

A workshop on June 4 will include Walker, pipe-major of the Grade 2 52nd Lowland Regiment Pipe Band, teaching a class entitled “Essentials for Pipe Band Players.”

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