Library, Community and School Programs

A variety of programs for:

  • Libraries
  • Lecture-Performance Series
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Community Centers
  • Schools: Middle School - College
  • Festivals and Performing Arts Centers 

Programs are 50-60 minutes in length, and can be presented in conjunction with a Master Class or Workshop.
The Outlander program can be expanded to a concert of two 45 minute sets, with
the addition of a Celtic harpist plus a percussionist or fiddler, as:
OUTLANDER: Scotland's Music

New!
The Outlander Series &
Traditional Scottish Music

A fascinating program of traditional Scots and Scottish Gaelic music from the Outlander Series. The Outlander novels quote a wonderful variety of Scottish songs, airs and dance tunes, and the sound track of the popular television series incorporates even more. MacKenzie presents this program of music from both the Highlands and the Lowlands on an array of instruments including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, Scottish smallpipes, border bagpipes and voice. Perfect for Legacy programming: Covering history, language, literature and cultural traditions.
Hear some of your favorites, learn about tradition, and join in on a smash-hit wool waulking song!
Libraries, colleges, festivals, special interest groups, community centers.
For ages 15 - adult; Available year round, limited availability November-December.

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Continuing:  
A Celtic Breeze: Wind-Powered Music

The magic of delightful Celtic music on an extraordinary variety of traditional wind-powered instruments, including a special collection of wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, an array of different bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.  "Celtic" can describe music from a number of areas, including Ireland and Scotland, regions of France, Northern Spain, Wales, The Isle of Man and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. In a program intriguing to both youth and adults, we learn how air is transformed into music and what makes the airs, dance tunes and songs "Celtic."
Libraries, community centers, colleges, special interest groups and festivals.
For ages 10 - adult; Available year-round, limited availability November - December.

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A Piping Hot Buffet
A musical feast, covering an array of bagpipe traditions from the Scottish Borders, England, Central France, Gascony (SW France), Galicia (NW Spain) and Belgium, medieval to contemporary, on a fascinating array of pipes both bellows-powered and blown. (MacKenzie's bagpipes play at indoor volume, unlike the more common, very loud Highland bagpipe).
Festivals, colleges, libraries, community ctrs.
For ages 10 - adult, Available year-round.
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Music From The Lowlands of Scotland
A special opportunity to hear and learn about a rich, uncommon yet expressly Scottish musical heritage. Traditional songs, songs of Robert Burns (e.g. 
"My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose", 1794), border dance tunes and airs are presented on Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, flutes, whistles, concertina and voice. MacKenzie even sings while playing the smallpipes, a Lowland tradition.
Libraries, colleges, community centers, special interest groups and festivals.
For ages 15 - adult; 
Available January - October.

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The Magic of Irish Music & Dance
The music of Ireland comes alive with the addition of an Irish step dancer from a Twin Cities Irish dance academy. Through history and lore, the audience gains insight into Irish culture, learns how the dance and music are combined, and discovers the meaning of the dancer's traditional costuming (including why they are always changing shoes!). Jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs are demonstrated on a variety of instruments, voice and dancing feet.  
For schools, libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 10 - adult;
Available January - mid-November 
(within 90 miles of Minneapolis/St. Paul).

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Celtic Yuletide
A celebration of Yuletide holiday favorites, many with Celtic origins, arranged with traditional Irish and Scottish music and presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments, including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, several types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice. This holiday program celebrates the season with music both joyous and contemplative.
Libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 15 - adult;
Available November - December.

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ALSO: 
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS 

Concertina

Concertina

Traditional Wind-Powered Instruments

Traditional Wind-Powered Instruments

Lowland Scottish Smallpipes

Lowland Scottish Smallpipes

Wooden Flute

Wooden Flute

Border Greatpipes (bellows-blown)

Border Greatpipes (bellows-blown)

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