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PMC Lecture: Tha ceòl anns na maidean – Bringing the sticks to life

January 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Tiber F.M. Falzett, inaugural holder of the Scottish Heritage USA visiting lectureship in Scottish Gaelic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

A fluent Scottish Gaelic speaker as well as a singer and bagpiper, Dr. Falzett has presented and performed from hearthsides and village halls to national broadcast media in both Scotland and Canada. As an active folklorist and musician, he especially values opportunities to share the Scottish Gaelic language and its music with others and the power that both language and music hold in breaking down barriers and bringing people together.

From Dr. Falzett:

This talk will explore the relationship between Scottish Gaelic language and music through stories and songs attached to the performance of melodies on both the Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Smallpipes. Specific emphasis will be given to the ongoing revival and evolution of these forms of endangered cultural expression and musical instruments over the past several decades in the hands of performers and instrument makers in local and global contexts. Mention will also be given concerning the strong influence that the Scottish Gaelic verbal art and bagpipe music have on other Scottish musical traditions. Much like Mastro Geppetto’s enchanted transformation of a wooden block, this talk will explore the often-magical ways in which pieces of wood, cane and hide can be brought to life and speak in the hands of bagpipers who draw from the deep well of tradition, transforming the skirl of drones and chanter into well-spun tales…
Free and open to the public


January 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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NC State Department of Music