The New Brunswick Piobaireachd Club is a Canadian group of pipers and enthusiasts dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the Big Music. Their first session was held in February of 2020, shortly before COVID-19 arrived, and the group got back to holding regular sessions in 2022.
Tonight’s session, February 18, 2023 will take place at the Royal Barbershop, 530 Queen St in Fredericton. Members will discuss and perform a tune of their choosing. The lineup will consist of: Gord Perry – Queen Elizabeth II Salute; Colton Patterson – Sir Ewan Cameron of Lochiel’s Salute; Zach Dwyer – Andrew MacNeil of Colonasay; and Reilly Green – Melbank’s Salute.
Admission is by donation and 100% of the proceeds from the event will be used for future educational initiatives, enhancing the awareness and appreciation of piobaireachd in Atlantic Canada.
The Club meet several times in the off-season, with the goal being at least four times per year. The idea behind creating this club was to provide players an opportunity to prepare and showcase tunes for a local audience and to try and gain a deeper audience and appreciation locally. Each session consists of a lineup of four players from a wide range of grade levels, giving everyone an opportunity to perform a full tune, or just a ground.
Past performers have included: Adam Tingskou, Andy Rogers, Brandon Gardner, Mike Farnworth, Sandy Gordon and Sass Bergen.