Williams Lake will echo with the rich sound of bagpipes on April 6 when the Williams Lake Pipe Band invites the community to a free ceilidh

Williams Lake will echo with the rich sound of bagpipes on April 6 when the Williams Lake Pipe Band invites the community to a free ceilidh

Williams Lake community ceilidh features world-class musician

Williams Lake will echo with the rich sound of the bagpipes April 6 when the Williams Lake Pipe Band plays for a free community ceilidh.

Williams Lake will echo with the rich sound of the bagpipes on April 6 when the Williams Lake Pipe Band invites the community to a free ceilidh, a lively social gathering, in the Gibraltar Room at 6:00 p.m.

The event coincides with National Tartan Day and will include food, live music, dancing and fun.

Williams Lake Pipe Band member Joe Bazan said that the goal with this free event is to raise awareness of Scottish culture in the community, “It’s also a great opportunity to say thank you to the community for supporting us from the beginning – by inviting us to play, by coming to hear us and by supporting us with donations.”

He said that Scottish music, culture and ceilidhs are appealing to people and draw them in. “Sometimes it’s people with family connections and sometimes it’s people who appreciate multi-cultural events or who just like the idea of a great celebration.”

The ceilidh is a chance for families to enjoy the diversity of “our amazing Cariboo culture,” according to Bazan, who added that Scottish influences are definitely part of that culture.

He said that the band is honoured and delighted that world-class bagpiper Rob Menzies is coming to participate in the ceilidh. Menzies performed last year with the six-time world champion, Simon Fraser Pipe Band during a live recorded concert at the famed Lincoln Centre, and also led the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band to a grade three World Pipe Band Championship at Glasgow Green in Scotland.

He is a regular instructor at Piping Hot Summer Drummer and is a senior adjudicator for the BC Pipers Association. He has recorded and performed with popular Canadian artists such as Spirit of the West, Stephen Fearing, Jay Knutson, Babe Gurr, Pete McCormack, the Celtic Connection, Simon Fraser Pipe Band and Ashley Macleod.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting people in Williams Lake and sharing the experience of Scottish and Celtic music,” Menzies said, adding that it will be his first visit to the area.

He noted that there are many benefits to being involved with a pipe band and said that his two also play in pipe bands. “You learn a lot of universal life skills – commitment, discipline and time organization,” he explained.

“Scottish melodies are very attractive to the ear, and the music is very appealing to people. The music is magnetic: it brings you back and makes you want to hear more.”

Menzies is also master of the Celtic tin whistle, also known as the penny whistle, which has been featured in the sound tracks of blockbuster movies including Titanic and Lord of the Rings. He is offering a free penny whistle workshop from 10-12:30 in the Gibraltar Room on April 6, sponsored by the Williams Lake and District Credit Union and the Rush.

The deadline for registering for this free workshop is March 30. To sign up for it, or for more information email wlpipband@shaw.ca or phone Jeanne-Anne at 250-392-3683 or John at 250-398-7964. Tickets (free) for the ceilidh are available at the Legion.









Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune

Spreading positivity through music is one way Cleary Manning tries to make the community better

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)
MLA’s CORNER: Premier Horgan needs to work harder

There are lots of people out there who are in desperate need of assistance

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

Most Read