Smallpipes Workshop & Concert, Denver, Feb 25, 2017


Piper Jones Band

Piper Jones Band

EJ Jones, award-winning professional piper, performer, recording artist and smallpipe maker will be in Denver on Feb 25 to conduct an all day workshop as an Introduction to Scottish Smallpipes.  The general public is invited and a special invitation is extended to highland pipers.  EJ will discuss the following topics: History of the alternative pipes, differences in construction, bellows-blown pipes technique, differences in playing styles between alternative and highland pipes, playing with other instruments, how to form your own Celtic music group.  In addition, EJ will introduce a few tunes that highlight the expression and musicality of the smallpipes.  If you have alternative pipes of any kind…. smallpipes, border pipes, kitchen pipes, parlour pipes, or a practice chanter……bring them to the workshop!  If you just want to observe and learn, please feel free to join us.

This event will be held at the Lakewood United Church of Christ at 100 Carr St. Lakewood, CO, from 9 am – 4 pm.  The fee is $25 for the day.  Please contact Ken McIntosh at or 303 234.0469 for registration form and payment information.

Following the workshop, the Piper Jones Band will perform in concert the evening of Feb 25th at the Englewood Civic Center (Hampden Hall) located at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO, starting at 7 pm.  The Piper Jones Band features EJ Jones on pipes (highland and others), Frances Cunningham on bouzouki, and Wolf Loescher on percussion.  Piper Jones Band is centered around beautifully and energetically played bagpipes accompanied by the percussive chords of the bouzouki and drum. In addition to original instrumentals and traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Appalachia, the group sings powerful harmonies and can lead the audience in traditional Celtic dances.  Tickets will be for sale at the door, beginning at 6 pm.  For more info, contact Jim Conley or 719 695.2108.

These events are sponsored by the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat, the Scottish Lowlands Families and Clans of Colorado, Kolacny Music and The Celtic Connection.



Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat, class of 2015!  Come join us for 2016!

Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat, class of 2015! Come join us for 2016!

The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is set for Sep 23-25, 2016 in lovely La Veta, CO.  Sponsored by the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, this year’s piping retreat will feature two outstanding piping teachers and performers.  Jerry O’Sullivan and Ben Miller will both be teaching bellows-blown smallpipes.  They’ll alternate between intermediate and advanced students for the two and one-half day piping retreat.  Jerry and Ben will focus on technique, tips and tunes.

Jerry O’Sullivan is world-famous for his uilleann piping, but he’s no less talented on highland and small pipes!  Jerry is sure to share some of his secret Irish tunes at the retreat.  Ben Miller, one of our outstanding American pipers with a strong following in Scotland and Cape Breton will no doubt be sharing some great information and tunes.  This combination of instructors brings a unique blend of both Scottish and Irish music.  You can count on learning something unique at the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat.

A special part of the retreat is a chance to play with participants of the Spanish Peaks Celtic Harp Retreat!  Harpers and smallpipers will have a chance to play tunes together on the Saturday afternoon of the retreat.  This opportunity to play with other musicians, playing other instruments, was very well-received last year.  So, we’ll repeat it this year as well!

Schedule and registration information can be found at  You can also find us on Facebook!  Tuition for the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is $250 for two and a half days of instruction!

The Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat is held concurrently with the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival which this year features Altan, Outside Track and The High Kings!  Piping retreat students will have a chance to learn from two masters during the day, then hear some of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music at evening concerts.  Late night sessions round out the day and insure that the music almost never stops!!  Jerry and Ben will perform at the final Festival concert on Sunday Sep 25.  For piping fans, this will be a real treat!!

Come join us in southern Colorado in September.  Set in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains, the weather promises to be great with warm days and cool nights.  Aspen leaves will be just about at their peak as they turn colors.

59c94b42-2672-4c2d-b177-669834e5f08fEmbrace Living Tradition

Join us at historic Fort Worden State Park June 14-19, 2016 in Port Townsend, on Washington’s scenic Olympic Peninsula. Féis Seattle will bring together a thriving community of Scottish Gaelic language, music and culture with presenters from Scotland and Cape Breton.

Highland Hospitality at Its Best!

Evening ceilidhs, walks on the beach, visiting with old friends and making new ones. . . it is the Highland way! For less than the cost of a plane ticket we bring you together with leading tradition-bearers from Scotland and Cape Breton for an unforgettable event.

Whether you are interested in piping, fiddle, harp, Gaelic song or language, we have something for everyone.

What can I expect?

Each day begins with your selected major class. After lunch break, students may take a Try it! class in another area. Return to the same Try It! class or select a new one each day. Make selections the first day of Féis.

In true Scottish style, each evening we have a ceilidh and session opportunities. Other special events include dancing, a waulking and a special faculty concert Friday night. Saturday night is our final no-holds-barred ceilidh until dawn.

Don’t miss this premiere event!

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