Community, Library & School Programs


Laura MacKenzie's community programs
can be adapted for various age groups,
and are well suited for:

  • Libraries
     
  • Lecture-performance series
     
  • Special interest groups
     
  • Community Centers
     
  • Schools: Middle School through College
     
  • Festivals and Performing Arts Centers

NEW!
The Outlander Series 
&
Traditional Scottish Music

A fascinating program of traditional Scots and Scottish Gaelic music from the Outlander series, inspired by a librarian's request. The Outlander novels quote a rich variety of Scottish songs, airs and dance tunes, and the soundtrack of the popular televised series incorporates even more. MacKenzie presents a captivating program of Outlander's evocative traditional Scottish music, from both the Highlands and the Lowlands, on an array of instruments including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, Scottish smallpipes, border bagpipes and voice. Hear your favorites, learn about tradition, and join in on a smash-hit Scots Gaelic wool waulking song!
For libraries, colleges, festivals, special interest groups, community centers.
Ages 18-adult
Available January - December
Limited availability November - December.


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  • Programs are 50 to 60 minutes.
     
  • Each can be presented in conjunction with a Master Class or Workshop.
     
  • The Outlander program can be expanded to a concert of two 40-45 minute sets, adding harp plus percussion or fiddle, as:
    Outlander: Scotland's Music
Scottish Smallpipes

Scottish Smallpipes

Concertina

Concertina

Continuing:  
A Celtic Breeze: Wind-Powered Music

This program presents 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.

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Music From The Lowlands of Scotland
A special opportunity to hear and learn about a rich, uncommon yet expressly Scottish musical heritage. Traditional songs, songs of Robert Burns (e.g. 
"My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose", 1794), border dance tunes and airs are presented on Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, flutes, whistles, concertina and voice. MacKenzie even sings while playing the smallpipes, a Lowland tradition.
Libraries, colleges, community centers, special interest groups and festivals.
For ages 15 - adult; 
Available January - October.

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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. Through history and lore, 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!). Jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs are demonstrated on a variety of instruments, voice and dancing feet.  
This can be presented by Laura with an Irish step dancer, and can also include Celtic harpist Andrea Stern (Willow Brae). 
For schools, libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 10 - adult;
Available January - mid-November 
(within 90 miles of Minneapolis/St. Paul).

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Celtic Yuletide
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 contemplative.
Libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 15 - adult;
Available November - December.

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ALSO: 
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS 

Traditional Wind-Powered Instruments

Traditional Wind-Powered Instruments

Scottish Smallpipes

Scottish Smallpipes

Wooden Flute

Wooden Flute

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