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"My favourite weekend of the year ... lessons, sessions, a beautiful setting, catered meals, wine and above all ... flutes!"
-- John Skelton
A fresh new breeze for Wind on the Bay 2013
So, here we are after 11 great years of teaching, tunes, great food and the odd beverage or two… Loads of laughs with friends old and new with lots of new faces each year along with a set of dependable regulars. New and old stories are told and new and old tunes played as well, each year different in its own way.
My initial concept for WOTB was to keep it as much as possible a weekend for all things flute like. This meant mainly flutes, flutes, and more flutes with some American fife and drum mixed in as well since if not for American fife and drum music (which then led me to Traditional Irish music) I would not be playing Irish flute music at all. WOTB’s past have been very fortunate to have some of
the finest musicians in traditional music on the teaching staff and I thank them all for their efforts…
However, the truth is that there is more to Traditional Irish music than just flutes and in fact the traditional music world is larger than "just" Irish music as well. I am now going to continue expanding the teaching staff beyond the world of flutes and fifes to bring in other friends of mine who will bring their own special talents with them.
With that in mind I would like to announce our Instructional Staff for WOTB 2013. I’m bringing in a friend for whom I have the deepest respect. I met him earlier this year and had the GREAT honor to be a featured soloist with him in both the Basel and Berlin Tattoos this year. In fact we also just played an amazing concert in Basel Switzerland a couple of days ago. I hope to be uploading video of it in the coming days.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you one of the cornerstones of traditional Scottish bagpipe music Capt. (Ret.) Stuart Samson, M.B.E.
It is NO exageration to say that Stuart is BY FAR the greatest piper I have ever heard or played with. His playing is dynamic as are the tunes he composes. A Class act all the way and he will be a GREAT addition to the long list of great performers I have been so very fortunate to have at WOTB's past.
Once again, I AM SOOOOOO PSYCHED!!!
See you at WOTB 2013!!!
All the best,
Founder and Artistic Director of W.O.T.B.