News: Virtual live streamed and in-person programs are here for 2021. Watch for more announcements soon.
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Each program has an interactive element.
- Special Interest Groups
- Lecture-Performance Series
- Arts and Community Centers
- Schools: Middle School - College
Programs are 50-60 minutes in length, and can be presented in conjunction with a Master Class or Workshop.
Most programs can also be presented as concerts: 60, 75 or 90 minute set, or two sets with intermission. INQUIRE
The Outlander Series &
Traditional Scottish Music
A fascinating program of traditional Scots and Scottish Gaelic music from both the Outlander series of novels and the filmed series. The Outlander novels quote a wonderful variety of Scottish songs, airs and dance tunes, and the sound track of the popular television series incorporates even more. MacKenzie presents this program of music from both the Highlands and the Lowlands on an array of instruments including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, Scottish smallpipes, border bagpipes and voice. Covering history, language, literature and cultural traditions.
Hear some of your favorites, learn about tradition, and join in on a smash-hit wool waulking song!
Libraries, colleges, festivals, special interest groups, community centers. Perfect for Legacy programming in the state of MN.
For ages 15 - adult; Available year-round, limited availability November-December.
The Irish Piper
A music-filled retelling of The Pied Piper story, based on Jim Latimer's delightful children's book "The Irish Piper". Featuring many different instruments, a good story and fabulous illustrations.
Virtual, 25 minutes /Onsite, 30-40 min..
Libraries, community centers, schools, festivals. Available year-round.
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A Celtic Breeze:
Traditional Wind-Powered Music
The magic of delightful Celtic music on an extraordinary variety of traditional wind-powered instruments, including a special collection of wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, an array of different bagpipes, gemshorn and voice. "Celtic" can describe music from a number of areas, including Ireland and Scotland, regions of France, Northern Spain, Wales, The Isle of Man and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. In a program intriguing to both youth and adults, we learn how air is transformed into music and what makes the airs, dance tunes and songs "Celtic."
Libraries, community centers, colleges, special interest groups and festivals.
For ages 10 - adult; Available year-round, limited availability November - December.
A Piping Hot Buffet
A musical feast, covering an array of bagpipe traditions from the Scottish Borders, England, Central France, Gascony, Galicia (NW Spain) and Belgium, from medieval to contemporary, on a fascinating array of pipes both bellows-powered and blown. (none are high volume bagpipes!)
Learn how these various bagpipes work and how cultural traditions are represented in the music.
Festivals, colleges, libraries, community ctrs.
For ages 10 - adult, Available year-round.
Music From The Lowlands of Scotland
Traditional Scots songs, airs and dance tunes, plus the poetic songs of Robert Burns (e.g. "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose", 1794), presented on Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, flutes, whistles, concertina and voice. In a program of music, language and lore, Laura also sings while playing the smallpipes, a Lowland tradition. A special opportunity to hear and learn about a rich, uncommon, yet expressly Scottish musical heritage,
Libraries, colleges, community centers, special interest groups and festivals.
For ages 15 - adult;
Available January - October.
The Magic of Irish Music & Dance
The music of Ireland comes alive with the addition of an Irish step dancer from a Twin Cities Irish dance academy. Jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs are demonstrated on a variety of instruments, voice and dancing feet. Through history, lore, music and dance, the audience gains insight into Irish culture, learns how the dance and music are combined, and discovers the meaning of the dancer's traditional costuming (including why they are always changing shoes!).
For schools, libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 10 - adult;
Available January - mid-November
(within 90 miles of Minneapolis/St. Paul).
A celebration of Yuletide holiday favorites, many with Celtic origins, arranged with traditional Irish and Scottish music and presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments, including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, several types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.
This holiday program celebrates the season with music both joyous and reflective, and demonstrates a range of instruments. (Music samples: HERE)
Libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 15 - adult;
Available November - December.
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