Richard Shuttleworth,  Civil engineer (retired), Historian, Dedicated “Piper”

Monday, November 01, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Bagpipes of Great Britain and Ireland

And you thought they only came from Scotland!

Come to hear, see and examine five different types of bagpipe, only one of which is native to Scotland.  Learn how bagpipes came out of the mists of time to create a legacy of hauntingly beautiful traditional music; a tapestry that interweaves different cultures.

Richard Shuttleworth first started to play the bagpipes at the age of 15 when he joined the Hazley Mansfield Pipe Band in his native Bradford, Yorkshire, UK.  At age 19, he left the band due to pressure of studies towards his chosen career of civil engineering.  Immediately following this, the band won its first major competition, perhaps a reflection on Richard’s talent as a piper??  Undeterred, his interest has expanded to include many of the lesser-known bagpipes that used to be played in the U.K. and in Ireland and which have undergone a renaissance over the past 20 or 30 years.

A resident of Philipsburg, Quebec, Richard has attended numerous workshops in Canada, the USA and in Britain both as a student and as a tutor.  He is currently chairman of the Pipers’ Gathering Inc., a Vermont based not-for-profit organization whose aim is to further the playing of bellows-blown bagpipes through the presentation of workshops and symposiums.


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