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Men in Kilts! The Celtic Arts Foundation annual Masters of Scottish Arts Concert

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

It’s one of the finest assemblages of world class Scottish performing artists ever. And yes, there will be lots of men in kilts! Traditional bagpipes, borderpipes, smallpipes, fiddles, drums and dancers will all descend on Benaroya Hall for one night only at the highly anticipated Masters of Scottish Arts Concert February 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall. The Scottish people have a reputation for fun and celebration, and this concert is exactly that.

The Mount Vernon Wash.-based Celtic Arts Foundation works all year to gather the best of the best from around the world and the 2012 roster includes:

•   Eight pipers (6 from Scotland, 2 from Canada)

•   Five drummers (1 from Northern Ireland, 1 from Scotland, 2 from Canada, 1 from the United States)

•   Three fiddlers (1 from Scotland, 2 from Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia)

Of the pipers, Fred Morrison’s unique free-flowing yet expressive abilities on the Scottish smallpipes are in sharp contrast with the award winning Dr. Gary West whose impressive knowledge of Celtic folk music and bagpiping history is not to be ignored. Match them with Roddy MacLeod, MBE, one of the most successful piping competitors on the circuit today, and you have an unforgettable evening of pipes.

Flying fingers and tunes performed with unbelievable precision – Scottish natives and Celtic newbies will all delight in the skillful presentations by multiple piping and drumming Gold Medalists and world champions.

Fiddlers include: Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray, (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) and Deirdre Morrison (wife of Fred Morrison, Bishopton, Scotland); Pipers: Brian Donaldson (East Lothian, Scotland), Murray Henderson (New Zealand) Stuart Liddell (Inveraray, Scotland), Willie McCallum (Glasgow, Scotland), Roddy MacLeod, MBE, (Glasgow, Scotland), Jack Lee (Burnaby, BC) and Bruce Gandy Halifax, Nova Scotia); and Drummers: Michael Cole (Chicago, IL), Tyler Fry, (Ontario, Canada), John Scullion (Ireland),) Arthur Cook (West Lothian, Scotland), and Blair Brown (Ontario, Canada). Four dancers from Seattle and Vancouver B.C., skilled in the art of traditional Celtic dance, add to the evening.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $23-$44 and are available by phone 1-866-833-4747, through the Benaroya Hall box office (M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 1-6 p.m.) or online at www.benaroyahall.org.

Celtic Arts Foundation

The Celtic Arts Foundation (CAF) is based in Washington state. They produce Scottish, Irish and Celtic cultural events, provide scholarships to aspiring Celtic artists, and have an international focus. The Celtic Arts Foundation was founded in 1997, and received its 501 (c)(3) status from the IRS in March of 1998. The CAF mission is to “sponsor, encourage and promote Celtic culture through events and educational activities.”

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