Upcoming Events 2018

July 23rd - 27th

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College - Family Summer Session

Bodhrán Classes

51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

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July 25th

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College

Wednesday Night Ceilidh - Great Hall Of The Clans 

51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada


Aug. 6th - 10th

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College - Adult Summer Session 1

Bodhrán Classes

51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

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August 8th

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College

Wednesday Night Ceilidh - Great Hall Of The Clans

51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada


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Michelle's Gaelic College Bodhrán Classes 2018

I am so honoured to be back teaching bodhrán at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada  this summer (2018). Anyone who has ever been will tell you it's an experience of a lifetime.

This year I'll be there for two weeks - July 23rd- 27th, 2018 for the Family Summer Session and August 6th - 10th for Adult Summer Session 1.

There are five classes a day and you can choose from a variety of instruments, dance and language.

Interested In Attending? Here's How To Find Out More

If you would like to know more about the courses please visit www.GaelicCollege.edu or click the pink dates above for info about that particular session.

David Rankin | Daibhidh MacFhraing
Director of School Operations
Phone: 902-295-3411
Email: school@gaeliccollege.edu

What If I Don't Have A Drum?

Note For Beginners: If you don't already have a drum, and not sure what to buy, you can borrow one of my extra workshop drums and use it for the...

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The Last Mile

I had to share one of my favourite tunes with you - The Last Mile.. It's written by Scottish musician and composer. Mark Stewart, who just so happens to be my husband.

The Last Mile is getting played so much between here in Scotland and my native Canada that it's fast becoming a well-known tune among pipers, fiddlers, pipe bands and trad bands.

Mark wrote the tune on his way home from band practice one night around 2004/2005. He was playing with the Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band under PM Ian Duncan and his brother and Pipe Sergeant Gordon Duncan. Mark grew up playing with both Ian and Gordon in the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.

Mark wasn't in the door for more than a minute when he took out his chanter and said, 'What do you think of this?'.

He proceeded to play me two complete parts of a wickedly delicious reel. I figured it must have been a tune handed out at band practice that night, but when I asked him what it was he said the tune came to him as...

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Slip Jig Track Suggestions For Practising Bodhran

Slip jigs (9/8 jigs) are one of my favourite types of tunes to play, however many people find initially find it difficult to tell the difference between them and 6/8 jigs. The best solution for this is to listen to lots of great tracks to get more familiar with them.

The tricky thing is many albums don't specify if it's a slip or 6/8 (double) jig. Artists are also known to play around with the timings by adding an extra beat or taking one out. As fun as it is for those of us who can easily hear the change, this can make it quite confusing for someone trying to figure out whether it's a slip jig or not.

In an attempt to help you broaden your understanding of slip jigs I have created a Resource List to guide you along some great tracks.

In each part of the series I'll share with you tracks to practice along with and point out where the tune changes time signature.

  • Artist: The Bothy Band
  • Album: After Hours
  • Track: Kesh Jig / Give Us A Drink Of Water / The Famous Ballymote
  • Track: The...
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7 Rhythms In 7 Days Bodhrán Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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