Definitive Info for the 2016 Pipers Retreat!

The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat  is sponsored by the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festivaland 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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Piper Retreat Lineup for 2016!

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The 2016 Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is taking shape!  We’re really excited to announce that we will focus on bellows-blown smallpipes (or reel pipes) for 2016!  We’re the only piping retreat in the Rocky Mountain region to do so!  If you’re a fan of bellows-blown smallpipes or border pipes, this is the place to be!!
Dates: September 23-25, 2016
Location: La Veta, Colorado
Building on last year’s piping retreat, we’ll expand this year and will have 2 instructors so we can work with pipers of different abilities.  Here are our instructors:
Jerry O’Sullivan:  Yes, we know Jerry and has appeared on more than 90 albums, ranging from the Boston Pops to Dolly Parton, and is considered America’s premier uilleann piper!  But, Jerry is no less talented on highland and smallpipes!  Jerry will bring his unique Irish perspective to the smallpipes and a few tunes that are outside the traditional piping repertoire.  Jerry has played from Israel to Japan, and most countries in between!  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this master of the pipes!  Jerry’s website is:
Ben Miller: His youth and energy is infectious!  Ben hails from upstate New York, but has spent a number of years in Scotland.  He recently completed graduate studies in The University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies.  Ben started on highland pipes, and later expanded to smallpipes and border pipes.  His repertoire and style draw mainly from the Gaelic traditions of western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes.  Ben will be accompanied by Anita MacDonald.
Ben has been an instructor at The Piper’s Gathering, The Maine Pipes and Fiddle School, Ottawa’s Cape Breton Session, PEI Fiddle Camp and the Edinburgh Scots Music Group.  As a performer, he’s played in Germany, Denmark, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the northeastern US.  Ben’s website is:
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