IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL
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Each program has an interactive element. Designed for:
- Arts & Community Centers
- Lecture-Performance Series
- Special Interest Groups
- Schools: Middle School - College
- Programs are 50-60 minutes in length, and can be presented in conjunction with a Master Class or Workshop.
Programs can also be performed as concerts: 60, 75 or 90 minute set, or two sets with intermission. INQUIRE
The Outlander Series & Traditional Scottish Music
Fascinating programs (1 & 2) of traditional Scots and Scottish Gaelic music from both the Outlander novels and the filmed 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. Covering history, language, literature and cultural traditions.
Hear some of your favorites, learn about tradition, and join in on a rhythmic Gaelic work song!
Libraries, colleges, festivals, special interest groups, community centers. Perfect for Legacy programming in the state of MN.
For ages 15 - adult; Available year-round, limited availability November-December.
The Irish Piper
A music-filled retelling of The Pied Piper story, based on Minnesota author Jim Latimer's delightful children's book "The Irish Piper". Featuring many different instruments, a range of traditional Irish music, a good story and wonderful illustrations.
A fun twist on an old favorite!
Onsite, 30-40 min./Virtual, 25 min.
Libraries, community centers, schools, festivals. For children and families.
Available year-round. See the cover image!
The Magic of Celtic Music
Also known as "A Celtic Breeze", presented 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.
A Piping Hot Buffet
A musical feast, covering an array of bagpipe traditions from the Scottish Borders, England, Central France, Gascony, Galicia (NW Spain) and Belgium, from medieval to contemporary, on a fascinating array of pipes both bellows-powered and blown. (none are high volume bagpipes!)
Learn how these various bagpipes work and how cultural traditions are represented in the music.
Festivals, colleges, libraries, community ctrs.
For ages 10 - adult, Available year-round.
The Lowlands & Borders: Scottish Music & Song
Traditional Scots songs, airs and dance tunes, including the poetic songs of Robert Burns (e.g. "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose"), presented on Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, flutes, whistles, concertina and voice. In a program of music, language and lore, Laura also sings while playing the bellows-blown smallpipes, a Lowland tradition. A special opportunity to learn about a rich, uncommon, yet expressly Scottish musical heritage.
Libraries, colleges, community centers, special interest groups and festivals.
For ages 15 - adult;
Available January - October.
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 reflective, and demonstrates a range of instruments. (Music samples: HERE)
Libraries, community centers, special interest groups. For ages 15 - adult;
Available November - December.
From Uig to Duluth:
A Minnesota Gaelic Heritage
A rich collection of Gaelic songs and instrumental melodies, presented with fascinating notes on cultural history, lore and legacy. This music is based primarily on field recordings from the 1930's of a Scottish immigrant to the then vibrant Scots/Gaelic community in Duluth, Minnesota.
Bringing to life the repertoire of a beloved community performer.
Libraries, festival workshops, colleges, special interest groups. Perfect for Legacy programming around the State of Minnesota. For ages 12 - adult; Available year-round.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
"Solo programming is my favorite way to communicate this music and lore. These programs and performances are informed by many years in traditional music, expressed and enjoyed in a broad spectrum of contexts" --Laura
Short introductions for each program will be added to the MacKenzie Music Youtube channel very soon.
For more on solo work: