Pipers Rendezvous 2018 


We are very excited to be holding a Piper's Rendezvous in Canada at the beautiful Orford Music SchoolOrford, Quebec near Magog on the weekend of 12th to 14th October. The event is supported by the Lowland and Border Pipers Society.  If you are coming from the USA you will need a passport and the Canadian Border is very friendly as are the Quebec people who, beside their natural French, usually have good English. All participants will stay at the Orford Music School and can check in after 4.00pm on Friday 12th October and will vacate their rooms by 11.00am on Sunday 14th October.

The Orford Music facility offers plenty of room for us to play music together and participate in group lessons, workshops and private lessons. Meals are served buffet-style and there are choices to suit various diets. A bar is open during meals. Accommodation is in single or shared double room. Each room in the reserved building has a queen bed and a single bed. WiFi is available throughout the site and the grounds are open and give access to the walks and trails of the Mount Orford National Park. In October the area will be decked in Fall colours. Bring a friend or partner, there is so much to see and do in this beautiful area. Map of the National Park


Supported by:'The Lowland and Border Pipers Society'

The 2018 Piper's Rendezvous

The Piper's Rendezvous is a weekend retreat at the beautiful Orford Music School featuring classes, workshops, mini-concerts, sessions and tutorials primarily for a variety of Scottish and Border bellows- blown bagpipes, but other 'piper friendly' instruments such as whistles, flute, fiddle are welcome to participate. The Piper's Rendezvous will offer 2 hour long classes at a variety of levels in Scottish Smallpipes, Border bagpipes, Northumbrian smallpipes and whistle – with a focus on Scottish and Border music.

We also expect to hold classes on the music of Cape Breton and Quebec. The Friday night introductory session will be an opportunity to meet and greet and play some tunes. On Saturday there will be classes and workshops and on Saturday evening there will be a illustrated presentation "Bagpipeology" with Alan Jones and Gordon Mooney followed by a session. On Sunday there will be more classes, workshops and a concert of tutors and participants. The event ending by 18.00pm on Sunday.


The Tutors Confirmed so far are:-

  • Gordon Mooney – Scottish Border, Scottish smallpipes, Northumbrian smallpipes, high and low whistles.

                                                     Ben and Anita Bandcamp link

  • Alan Jones – Northumbrian Smallpipes, Scottish smallpipes, whistles etc. Alan will exhibit, talk  about and play some of his extensive collection of bagpipes.

We will be joined on Sunday by piper Timothy Cummings and fiddler Alex Kehler for an interactive performance.

The Musicians

Ben Miller - Border Bagpipes

Ben is an American-born player of Scottish bagpipes, currently living in Halifax, NS. His interest in traditional music stems from his exposure to the pipes at a young age, in his hometown of Queensbury, New York, as well as his family’s strong connections to its Scottish and Irish roots, through both his American mother and Canadian father.

He began studying the Highland Bagpipes around age eight, but by twelve he began to shift his focus to the bellows-blown Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes. Ben is also an academic, holding an undergraduate degree in Music, as well as a Master’s degree in Scottish Ethnology, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies. His repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of Western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes for good measure.  
Anita MacDonald  - Scottish and Cape Breton Fiddle

Anita is an accomplished musician, dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Cape Breton. She began step-dancing in the family kitchen at the tender age of four, and picked up the fiddle a few short years later, at age eight. She has been wowing audiences with her impeccable timing and neatly choreographed steps ever since. Anita’s fiddle playing has a distinctive sound, influenced by the deep roots of her musical family. Her energetic style has put her in demand as a performer and teacher, across Cape Breton and beyond. Anita is also the recipient of the Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson Award, nominated by the Celtic Colours Festival Drive’ers Association. Following this award, Anita released her debut album, “Stepping Stone,” during the Celtic Colours International Festival in 2011. 
Gordon Mooney. — Border Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes & Whistles

Born in 1951, Gordon grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland and started bagpipes in 1958 with Hance Gates, who was a Pipe Major of Edinburgh City Police. After playing in Boys Brigade and Royal High School pipebands he went on to study Town Planning at Dundee Art School. While working in Edinburgh he was drawn to the folk revival scene, and at the Linlithgow Folk Club he met Jimmy Anderson of the Clutha and Rab Wallace of the Whistlebinkies who were also members of the world champions Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band. Encouraged to join the band, Gordon spent a year in intense tuition with Pipe Sergeant Davy Hutton. After Muirheads folded, Gordon played with Kinneil Colliery pipeband and was for several years Town Piper of Linlithgow.

During the late 1970’s he began researching Lowland piping music and instruments and took up the Northumbrian smallpipes. In 1981 with Mike Rowan he formed the Lowland and Border Pipers Society and through contact with Northumbrian pipemaker Colin Ross, brought about the revival in playing and making of Scottish Smallpipes and Border pipes.

The revival has been a world-wide phenomenon giving work to pipe makers, and pleasure to thousands of players and lovers of Scottish music. Gordon gave Hamish Moore copies of the tunes he had researched and which Hamish used on his album Cauld Wind. In 1983-4 Gordon published his collections of music for the Lowland and Border Bagpipes, and a Tutor for the instruments in 1985. In 1989 he produced the ground-breaking and acclaimed album O’er the Border described as “Bordering on the sublime” by The Scotsman.

His tutor for Northumbrian smallpipes was Joe Hutton, who was an inspiration to Gordon and to so many others. Gordon’s expressive and innovative playing has taken him to perform in Europe, North America and the UK with the band O’er the Border and with his famous fiddle-playing daughter Shona and as a duo with harpist and whistle player, Nancy Lyon. Now retired from a career in Town Planning and Conservation in Edinburgh, Northumberland and the Scottish Highlands he lives in Quebec and continues to perform, teach and make instruments.