It's halfway through the first week of classes and what a week it's been! New students beginning their journey in their chosen disciplines and returning students ready to face the challenges of a new year. Exciting times here at the College! There is still time and space to sign up for classes (and don't forget, you can sign up for more than one discipline). If you are interested in piping and drumming, you might be eligible for the Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship. Call the College now and find out! Sign up by either calling or emailing our registrar, Jane Magee, at 902-436-5377 or email@example.com. Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn a new skill (or skills!) in the Celtic performing arts!
One alumnus that is putting their Celtic Arts training to good use is the extremely talented, Matt MacIsaac. Not only is he one of the top pipers in the world but Matt is also multi-talented when it comes to other instruments. He also Natalie MacMaster's piper when she is on tour. Why not check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel? You can find that here: http://www.youtube.com/user/mattrick78. Here is a snippet of Matt in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqGKASCHr0U&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTDUlvodYQLcwhpHwhaVldw. If you want to catch Matt live, you're in luck! On September 21st at the Uxbridge Music Hall, Matt will be joined by his wife, Kate Quinn, Mac Morin, Timi Turmel and Marie-Jeanne Brousseau and it will be hosted by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. It promises to be a fantastic night of music!
Bruce Rainnie, Kendra MacGillivray and Kevin "Boomer" Gallant
On September 28th, don't miss Kendra MacGillivray and Bruce Rainnie with special guest Kevin "Boomer" Gallant as they celebrate 10 years. They'll be performing at the Harbourfront Theatre and the shenanigans start at 7:30pm. It promises to be an evening of award winning East Coast and Celtic fiddle, engaging stories and songs, and sidesplitting comedy by three of the Island's favourite personalities. Tickets are $21.00 and are available through the Harbourfront box office. Keep a close on Boomer as he is sporting a kilt and a set of bagpipes which were loaned to him by The College. It promises to be a time!
Fresh off of his second place finish in the Senior Piobaireachd contest at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, Bruce Gandy is holding a Silver Medal Piobaireachd Workshop on September 28th at the Halifax Citadel. It will be held from 10am-12pm and then from 1:15pm to 3:45pm. The day will be spent discussing the 2014 Silver Medal set tunes on their merit, skill levels required to play them and the technical aspects needed to achieve this. The tunes will also be broken down through their construction and melodies. The cost for the full day of instruction is a steal at $30.00. For more information and to register please contact Bruce at 426-3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fantastic article was written by Canadian Highland dancer, Ross Armour, for the ScotDance Canada website (http://scotdance.ca/). It recounts the success of the Canadian Highland Dancers at the 2013 Cowal Highland Games. He also talks to the current world junior champion (and Canadian!), Maegan Sweeney about her big win and what it takes to become a world champion. To read his account of the world highland dance championships, please follow this link: http://scotdance.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/The-tale-of-a-ScotDance-Canada-Cowal.pdf.