Tributes have been paid to Skye Richendrfer who died this week at the age of 64. His family announced his passing in the very early morning of November 21, 2022. Skye’s friends, including many of the world’s top pipers, have written messages on social media about their friendship with Skye, and pay tribute to all the work he did with the Celtic Arts Foundation.

•Skye Richendrfer

Finlay MacDonald, Head of The National Piping Centre paid his own tribute: “Such a sad day. We woke up to learn that our great friend Skye Richendrfer has passed. I’ve been thinking of all the great times we shared and what a positive contribution he made to all our lives. My heart goes out to Sally and all of Skye’s family, his extended family of the Celtic Arts Foundation and everyone who knew and loved the big man. Rest in peace.”

•Finlay MacDonald with Skye

The Celtic Arts Foundation is based in Mount Vernon, Washington State from the Littlefield Celtic Center and have run Highland Games events for 25 years, and instructional music workshops and schools in the northwest corner of the United States for more than 15 years.

The Littlefield Celtic Centre is an acoustic space dedicated to Celtic music, dance and culture.  Since the Center opened in 2015, it has hosted the who’s who of piping including the likes of Jack Lee, Murray Henderson, Stuart Liddell, Willie McCallum, Angus MacColl and Fred Morrison, to name but a few.