The Wind That Shakes the Barley
The Pipe Music and Dance of Ireland
Featuring: George Balderose, Cliodhna Graven & Becky Craig.
If you enjoy the musical
and dance traditions of Scotland and Ireland, then be sure to see the
performance of the Wind That Shakes the Barley, appearing at
_______________ on _____________, 200_. Drawing from a wealth of
experience and study, theWind That Shakes the Barley, performs the pipe
music and dance traditions of both cultures. Comprising three talented
performers in their respective fields, the Wind That Shakes the Barley
will take you on a journey to the lochs and glens of the Celtic lands of old.
A piper with over twenty years experience, George Balderose plays
the music of the Great Highland Pipes and several types of Celtic
Smallpipes. He has performed as a soloist for the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the 1993 Dewars Bagpipe
Festival Tour, and numerous other solo and ensemble engagements. A
reviewer for the New York Times proclaimed that he "has a
virtuoso's gift," while in the words of another he is a "virtuosic
In 1978 George founded the Balmoral Schools of Piping, two week sessions at various college campuses
across the US which provide piping students in North America with the
opportunity to study with top champion pipers from Scotland. George has studied
piping in Scotland, and holds the degree of "Senior Piper" from the College of
Piping in Glasgow. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Heritage
Affairs Commission's Traditional and Ethnic Touring Arts Program.
Dancers Becky Craig and Cliodhna Graven represent two different traditions of dancing, and each has successfully competed at Irish Feis and Highland Games throughout the Northeast US. Their performances will highlight and contrast the dance styles of their respective traditions.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley brings together the pipe music and dance of
Ireland and Scotland for a performance that breathes vibrant life into the ancient traditions of Celtic cultures.
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