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About the 2022 Pipers Weekend Teachers

Jerry O'Sullivan has been widely hailed as America's premier uilleann piper. His reputation for technical and melodic mastery of the instrument, an Irish bagpipe known for its subtlety and expression, is unsurpassed in the United States, and is demanding considerable attention overseas. Jerry is also widely recorded on the tin whistle, the low whistle, the Highland Pipes and the Scottish smallpipes on more than 90 albums. His solo albums, The Gift, and The Invasion, were highly acclaimed and his O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell (Volumes 1 and 2) features music from the 200 year old O'Farrell tutor and tune collections. Jerry has also recorded a number of film soundtracks and has appeared on numerous television commercials.  Jerry has toured extensively in the United States and Europe and has been a featured performer and instructor in numerous Folk Festivals and music camps. 

Jerry O'Sullivan is a gifted ambassador of the Irish uilleann pipes, maintaining the historic traditions and melodies of the instrument while expanding its range into new genres of music and media. His mastery of the instrument, traditional knowledge, versatility, and dedication to education truly make him America's premier uilleann piper.

 

Brian Bigley comes from musical family and began his study of the Uilleann Pipes at the age of eight with Achill Island piper Michael Kilbane and the countless musicians that have crossed his path since that time. He developed an interest the art of pipe making and studied the craft with pipe maker Seth Gallagher in New York and the master flute maker Patrick Olwell in Virginia. He is currently making pipes in the style of the late Dave Williams and has a waiting list of over a year.Brian is also a world-class Irish step dancer. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as a piper, flute player, whistle player, and dancer with various music and dance shows.  Brian now lives near Cleveland, OH with his fiddler wife Kristen and dancing children James and Kathleen.

Dick Hensold is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, and for the past 20 years has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He has released numerous CDs as a member of the groups Piper’s Crow, Way Up North, and The New International Trio. His solo Northumbrian smallpipes CD Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes was released in 2007. He is much in demand as accompanist, studio musician and theater musician, and frequently composes new works based on the traditions of the Northumbrian pipes.

 

Nick Hudson makes music on the Scottish smallpipe, border pipe, highland pipe, and Irish whistles. Initially learning to play in Maryland, he received a BFA in Music Performance under Jimmy McIntosh and Alasdair Gillies from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He taught at The College of Wooster before moving to Houston to teach piping at St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, where he also plays and arranges music for the Grade 1 St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band. In the summer months, Nick teaches at the North American Academy of Piping. On four occasions, he has been a solo performer at Lorient’s Festival Interceltique, in Brittany, France, as well as performing as part of Kevrenn Alre and Bagad Brieg. He enjoys playing the pìob mhór for small audiences of aficionados in contests that often have a centuries-long history and tradition. Performance highlights from such events include winning the Braemar Gold Medal, the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, the B MSR at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, the London Ram’s Head Snuff Mull for A-Grade Piobaireachd, twice the Overall A-Grade Winner at the SPSL Annual Contest in London, the Piobaireachd Society Canadian Gold Medal, the USPF Piobaireachd, a BBC Pipeline session, overall winner of The Livingstone Invitational, placing in the Oban Gold Medal and A-grade light music, and overall winner of The Metro Cup. Nick serves as the chair of the EUSPBA Music Board and is a member of the EUSPBA Judges Panel. This will be his sixth “visit” to the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend.

Allan MacDonald  is originally from Glenuig, Moidart, in the Gaelic speaking West Highlands of Scotland. Has been piping all his life, winning the major solo awards eg. Gold Medal and2 Clasps consecutively. He has also been a regular contributor to radio and television since his early twenties. He taught on the Bachelor of Arts four year Scottish Music course in Glasgow since its inception in 1996 at the RSAMD/Conservatoire and the Piping Centre until leaving at end of 2013. In the late ‘90s he recorded a couple of CDs comprising Gaelic song as well as Piping: ‘Fhuair mi Pòg’ and ‘Colla mo Rùn’ as well as a recent controversial CD ‘Dastirum’ being a compilation of the more classical genre,‘pibroch’. This latest production demonstrates the lyrical style of pibroch performance of the 17 th Century when this music was at its zenith in Gaelic society. He is a prolific composer and is often commissioned for new work or productions. He was a Music director of ‘The Highland Sessions’ broadcast on RTE, BBC and ITV in 2005 and subsequently. His concert series at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2004 won the Journalists’ ‘Herald Angel Award’. He has published 2 collections of traditional music for bagpipes of 100 tunes in each called‘The Moidart Collection’1 +II the first being in its 3 rd edition with another of 200 tunes due out next year hopefully.

Rosalind Buda is a versatile musician who performs and teaches music from Scottish smallpipes and Highland pipes, to classical bassoon and early reed instruments. Rosalind is passionate about teaching and her experience in both classical and folk music gives her a unique perspective and a holistic approach.  Rosalind plays with several ensembles on pipes, bombarde and early instruments including, The Reel Sisters, acclaimed Scottish fiddler, Jamie Laval,  Brizeus and the early music ensemble, Istanpitta. Coming from a traditional background on the Highland pipes, Rosalind has a deep love for smallpipes and looks to music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Appalachia for inspiration. As a classical bassoonist, Rosalind performs with orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the Southeast. Rosalind earned her Masters degree from The New England Conservatory in bassoon performance and lives in musically-rich Appalachia in Asheville, NC, where she is an orchestral player, chamber musician, teacher, and piper.

 

Nicholas Gerardin  Meeting Jean Blanchard & Éric Montbel in 1998 in Lyon was the first step that he made in the world of bagpipes. After Jean lent him a set of central France student pipes, he never stopped playing them, from the high pitched A pipes to the low C sets. His travels in France allowed him to attend the festival of Saint Chartier and to meet several pipes players and makers, and of course allowed him to order bagpipes from reputable manufacturers. Passionate about the work on the sound, he is interested in ancient bore French bagpipes and on the cabrette and his unique temperament.

 

Our host piper, Bob Mitchell is recognized as a successful solo competitor in the US and Canada, He’s worked for 20 years at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and has performed with a number of DC area bands including Iona and Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra. Although his greatest area of expertise is Highland piping, he also plays the Scottish smallpipes and border pipes.