The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is sponsored by the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, and will be held Sep 23-25, 2016 in La Veta, Colorado. The Retreat focuses on bellows-blown smallpipes or border pipes and brings top traditional artists to share tips, techniques and tunes. Highland pipers who have attended previous retreats have remarked about the freedom they find in playing smallpipes for musicality and expression, as well as the opportunity to play pipes with other instruments.
Instructors for this year’s Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat will be Jerry O’Sullivan and Ben Miller. Jerry, known worldwide for his uilleann piping, and a regular at the Festival, is no less talented on smallpipes. Jerry is certain to share a special Irish tune, or two! Ben Miller, from upstate New York, is charting his own path as a top-notch musician and piper. These top-tier players will provide instruction for intermediate and advanced classes. A new experience, initiated at last year’s retreat, was the opportunity for members of the Piping Retreat to join with attendees of the Spanish Peaks Celtic Harp Retreat, and play a few tunes together. It was a hit, so we will do it again this year.
The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat starts at 9 am Friday Sep 23 and wraps up at noon on Sunday Sep 25, 2016, with a free concert, featuring Jerry O’Sullivan and Ben Miller on Sunday afternoon. The fee for the Piping Retreat is $250. The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival features a wide array of workshops and concerts, so feel free to bring family and friends who can participate in, or observe, a number workshops ranging from singing to dancing, to cultural and historical presentations. Evening concerts rock the house! This year’s headliners are Altan, The High Kings and Outside Track! Late night sessions are held after the evening concerts, so the music almost never stops!!
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