Instrument Makers & Vendors 2011
The musical instrument makers and vendors that come to The Pipers' Gathering are true artisans in every sense of the word. They create an object of art that a musician uses to create musical art. Their biographies, contact information and pictures can be found below.
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|BC Childress is a pipemaker (specializing in the manufacture of the Irish Uilleann Pipes) who has been making the Uilleann Pipes since 1987. BC has been featured as a guest piper on several recordings, as well as having his pipemaking work show up in a major motion picture. Supplying Uilleann pipes to both amateur and professional pipers has become a full-time pleasure for BC. African Blackwood, Rosewood, Cocobolo, brass and all manner of custom work are available. Repairs and restorations are also carried out in the BC Childress workshop.|
|Tim runs a tiny cottage industry of self-published piping music -- compilations, arrangements, and compositions that are largely focused on gently expanding the boundaries of the common repertoire. Tim holds a Bachelor's of Music Education degree from the College of Wooster (OH), and both an Honours Degree in Ethnomusicology and a Master of Arts (Musicology) from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He is currently based in Monkton, VT, where he also teaches and performs Celtic and Americana music.|
|Michael Dow has been a professional woodworker for well over 30 years
and makes his living as a hand, architectural woodcarver. His interest
in bagpipes started in 1974 and he made his first set of Scottish smallpipes
and bellows around 1989. At the request of Jerry O'Sullivan a few years
later, his uilleann bellows were developed.
- Jerry O'Sullivan - 2000
Please visit his web site at www.archcarving.com for more information.
|Jerry Freeman Pennywhistles|
Jerry Freeman is the world's only full time, professional penny
Jerry takes mass produced whistles (Generations, Feadogs, etc.) and adjusts the soundblade position, windway exit geometry, voicing chamber and tonebody to create affordable instruments that many consider not simply outstanding whistles for the modest cost, but outstanding whistles at any cost.
Jerry offers tweaked Generations in high G, high F, Eb, D, C and Bb, tweaked Feadogs in D, and his own creations, the widely acclaimed Blackbirds and Mellow Dogs.
Mellow Dogs are wide body whistles available in D and as a D/C set (one whistlehead with two tubes). Blackbirds are standard body whistles available in Eb, D and C. Both are noted for their pure drop authentic traditional voicings that favor a birdlike, sweet timbre in a very responsive, clean playing instrument.
|EJ Jones is primarily a performer on the Highland and Scottish Smallpipe who started making instruments for friends and to express his own music. He also makes pipes for other players in his workshop in Asheville NC relying on his own experience as a customer and stage musician as well as fellowship with other artisanal instrument makers and love for the work.|
|Sweetheart Flute Co.|
Connecticut's own wooden flute makers since 1974. Founded by Ralph Sweet; retired physics teacher, caller and teacher of contra and square dancing, fifer and drummer since 1946.
Specializing in Irish flutes, pennywhistles, low whistles, military fifes, baroque flutes, renaissance fifes, folk flutes, piccolos, walking stick flutes and tabor pipes. Featuring the revolutionary new WD Sweet professional model pennywhistle as well as books, CDs and other fine wooden instruments.
|Monroe Bridge Books|
With over 5,000 books in stock, Monroe Bridge Books specializes in used and rare - Scottish, Irish, Welsh English and Gaelic Books ( as well as an extensive general stock). Their inventory can be found on-line at the website link listed above. They also provide lists and catalogs that are subject specific - upon request.
Will gladly open by appointment, if you are in the area.
Monroe Bridge Books is a proud member of MARIAB, the Massachusetts & Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
|Chris Pinchbeck has been playing Great Highland and Scottish Smallpipes
for over 15 yrs. He has been fine-tuning making Scottish Smallpipes
for equally as long. Along with the ability to supply drones of traditional
tuning style, he has developed a unique, professional quality, extended
tuning range drone assembly that expands the capability of the Scottish
Smallpipe to play tunes in a wider range of keys. These distinctive
drones can be conveniently tuned in performance to chanters keyed in
D,C, Bflat or A, with a handsome look and a beautiful sound. Teamed
with artisans with an equal love of the craft, Pinchbeck crafts high
quality instruments delivered with pride in workmanship and assurance
of their ability to please.
|The Wee Piper|
|Michael Mac Harg is a professional pipemaker and Celtic music seller who has been in the business for nearly 30 years. His specialties include the Scottish Highland pipes, Scottish Lowland pipes, Central French pipes and he also make bombards from Brittany. Michael restores and rebuilds all sorts of bagpipes. Michael specializes in pipebags for virtually all bagpipes. He also carries a large selection of French traditional music, to include hurdy gurdy and French bagpipe music.|
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