2009-10 Series to Focus
on 'Scottish Music and Dance'
VANCOUVER – After its successful season focussing on 'Scotland Around the Globe', the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University will turn its attention to the subject of 'Scottish Music and Dance' for its 2009-10 series of talks.
There will be inspiring presentations on Highland piping by B.C. Champions, on Lowland piping by Dr. Gary West of "Pipeline" fame, and on Scottish country dancing by instructor Rosemary Coupe.
On December 2, Dr. Gary West, Head of the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies with the University of Edinburgh, will deliver this year’s annual St. Andrews and Caledonian Society lecture.
His talk, entitled “Pipers without Kilts: Survival and Revival in the Scottish Lowland Bagpipe Tradition,” explores a much understudied aspect of Scottish piping.
Gary West learned his piping with the much-acclaimed Vale of Atholl Pipe Band with whom he played for 18 years. He joined the band Ceolbeg in 1988, and was a founding member of the Scottish ‘supergroup’ Clan Alba in 1991.
He is in regular demand as a recording session player and has performed on over 20 CDs. Gary also presents BBC Radio Scotland’s weekly specialist piping programme, Pipeline. His talk will be held in Room 1420 SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street on December 2 at 8 PM. Reception to follow.
Events are free and all are welcome to attend. For more information about the lecture series, or to reserve a seat, e-mail Dr. Leith Davis at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (778) 782-4833.