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Traditional Music Concert - 14th December 2013

5th December 2013

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The Wick Pipe Band Hall will be the venue for a traditional music concert on Saturday 14th December 2013 starting at 7.30pm. The concert will feature the well known musician Carol-Anne MacKay along with some of the musician friends she has met along the way and some of her pupils.

A leading musical light in the North Highlands where she lives and teaches, Carol-Anne Mackay comes from Strathy, Sutherland. It was here her love affair with piping began at the age of nine, under the instruction of Pipe Major Charles O Brien, Strathnaver. She then learnt accordion under the steerage of Isobel Harper and went on to study music at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Carol-Anne has appeared at many festivals and ceilidhs, guested along with The Levellers, Evelyn Glennie, toured home and abroad with both Anam and Dchas and more recently performed with rachadh at both theBls and Celtic Connections Festivals.

As well as taking her music around the country Carol-Anne is very aware of the importance and value of building a legacy- afondness and knowledge for Highland music in the youngstersinher local areaand she has recently formed her own business, the Carol Anne MacKay School of Music. Described recently by piper and authority on Gaelic music, Allan MacDonald, as someone who overflows with music, he also said: She cant help but sound so musical when she plays and her fingering is so accurate, its fortunate that we have the likes of Carol-Anne returning home to be both an ambassador and teacher.

The concert will feature accordion, pipes, whistles, piano, fiddle, guitar and Gaelic song. It is the first in a series being organised by the pipe band, the next on 28th December will be something completely different when Mr Boom appears in the Pipe Band Hall. Scottish folk group North Sea Gas are booked to perform in February and piping virtuoso Fred Morrison in March


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