Pipes and Whistles on Lake Tahoe


Fred Morrison is an experienced and generous teacher to students of all playing abilities.  He combines 30 years of performance experience with an ability to create a comfortable learning atmosphere which puts every student at ease.

This three day workshop will focus on a number of areas to develop skills for each individual to improve both on a personal level and in a group situation.  It is open to all levels of ability on the Scottish smallpipe and border pipe whether mouth blown or bellows. If there is an interest, Fred will offer instruction on the Irish uilleann pipe and  the low whistle.

The workshop will cover:

*Building a repertoire and putting tune sets together…both for personal pleasure and
public   performance;
*Introduction to the Irish uilleann pipe, a huge amount of fun! (Instruments provided) and
introduction to whistle playing;
*Confidence building: playing in sessions and performing;
*improvisation and self-expression-making it simple and fun;
*Composition: Fred’s tried and tested techniques to first steps in composing simple
*Pipe and reed maintenance/trouble shooting;
*Evening ceilidh sessions to put into practice what you’ve learned;

Fred Morrison is one of the world’s leading pipers and is a globally renowned composer of music for the bagpipes. Known for his unique,virtuosic and highly improvisational style which combines the Gaelic piping tradition of  South Uist in the Western Isles of Scotland with contemporary and eclectic influences,  he is a master of the Highland bagpipe, the bellows blown reelpipe, the Irish uilleann pipe and low whistle. Fred is one of the few pipers to have achieved success in both the competitive piping and folk music scenes.

His formidable prowess on the Highland pipes gained him honors in the Scottish competition piping circuit (the most exacting in the world), including Gold Medals at the world’s premier piping competitions at the Northern Meeting in Inverness and the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban.  He has taken the prestigious Macallan trophy  at Brittany’s Lorient Festival a record breaking seven times.   He is the only piper to have been voted Instrumentalist Of The Year at the Scots Trad Awards.

Fred has been a member of some of the world’s best known folk bands,  including Capercaillie and Clan Alba and his playing  has been featured in the Hollywood feature film, Rob Roy.

Tuition:  $350 will cover three full days of workshops with Fred Morrison.  Lodging and meals not included.  The workshop is limited to a max of 10 students.  A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot with the balance to be paid in full by  9/1/12. Payment can be made via PayPal or by check mailed to below the address. Deposits will be fully refunded if cancellation is made before 9/1/2012.  REMEMBER THIS IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS…DON?T DELAY.

Information Regarding Workshop
Contact Frank Walsh
474 Fernandez Ct., Santa Clara, Ca  95050
408 529-1749

Lodging & Meals: 

If you wish to stay at Brockway Springs you have a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom lakefront and lake view townhouses to choose from.  Brockway Springs is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 for this workshop.  Each unit comes with Webber gas BBQs, and fully equipped kitchens for those that wish to cook.

We will be glad to assist those that wish to share accommodations with finding compatible room mates. This would greatly reduce the price from an already generous discount. 

All booking must be done directly either online or by calling direct to Brockway Springs.  Be sure to mention you are attending the Fred Morrison workshop.  Contact information is listed below. If you still wish something more economical, we can help direct you to other lodging, all within walking distance.

Brockway Springs is located in Kings Beach, which has a number of good restaurants in close proximity as well a Safeway store.   


Brockway Springs
Brockway Springs Drive
Kings Beach, CA  96143
530 546-4201


Information Regarding Workshop
Contact Frank Walsh
474 Fernandez Ct., Santa Clara, CA  95050
408 529-1749