Latha Pìobaireachd

Saturday 24th February

Disathairne 24 Gearran

Nairn Community & Arts Centre

Tall-choimhearsnachd Inbhir Narainn



Niall Matheson – Niall Stewart – Brian Yates – Scott Hay

Join our Piping Instructors Niall Matheson, Niall Stewart, Brian Yates and Scott Hay for a full day of top class piping tuition.

During the afternoon there will be a talk/workshop for participants by Burgess and Scott Hay from Burgess Bagpipes.

The day will conclude with a piping recital by all piping tutors and participants. We would encourage all pupils to participate in the evening concert. Families welcome.

Registration from 9.00am

Tuition 9.30am to 5.00pm

Evening Piping Recital 7.30pm

Levels of ability required to attend the Piping Day:

Chanter only – suitable for those who are playing many tunes on the chanter, but are yet to progress onto the pipes

Novice – Students will be playing two parted 2/4, 3/4, 6/8 marches on the pipes and working on two parted Strathspeys, Reels and Jigs.

Intermediate – Students will be able to play all novice content on the pipes and be working to develop entry level four parted 2/4 and 6/8 Marches, Strathspeys, Reels and Jigs.

Advanced – Students will be competent players of intermediate tunes and already working at developing their playing on the more difficult tunes in each time signature.


Full Day attendance (includes free entry to the evening piping recital) – Adult £30.00, Children £15.00 (siblings £10.00)

Evening Recital – Adults £5.00, Under 18’s FREE

TOTAL TO PAY £ ………………..

Cheques made payable to F.I.N. Please send the completed form with payment to :

Fèis Inbhir Narainn

c/o Cala Na Sithe, Gollanfield, Inverness, IV2 7UR

or pay via Paypal at www.nairnfeis.co.uk

Further info from www.nairnfeis.co.uk

email feisinbhirnarainn@feisean.org

or contact Rhona Macdonald Tel: 07825 415887

About the Instructors:

Niall Matheson was brought up in the village of Newtonmore in the centre of the Highlands of Scotland where he learned to play the pipes under the guidance of the great John MacDougall and Dr Kenneth Mackay.

At age 19 Niall joined the Queens Own Highlanders and served 11 years. He was posted all over the world to such places as Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize, Kenya and the Gulf.

In 1990 Niall attended the Army School of Piping at Edinburgh Castle where the gained a distinguished pass on his Pipe Majors course which lasted almost a year.

In 1994 Niall left the army and moved to Inverness where he opened Cabar Feidh Bagpipe Supplies.

Niall has won numerous top prizes including both gold medals at the Northern Meetings and the Argyll-shire Gathering as well as 3 gold medals at the Braemar Highland Gathering. Niall was also runner-up at the Glenfiddich Championship at Blair Castle in 2000.

Niall has been the piping instructor in East Ross since 1997 where he has taught many top young pipers and this year his schools pipe band were crowned European and World champions.

Niall Stewart is originally from Alness in Easter Ross and began piping at the age of 9 with P/M John D. Burgess.

He is currently employed by Highland Council as the schools piping instructor in South Skye and Lochalsh, taking over from Iain MacFadyen in 2001.

He has won many of the top prizes in solo piping including: • Gold Medal, Northern Meeting, • Gold Medal, Argyllshire Gathering • Dunvegan Medal, Skye • Donald MacDonald Quaich, Skye • An Tuagh Oir (Gold Axe), Lochaber Gathering • Overall Winner, Uist & Barra • Scots Guards KO Recital Series winner • Silver Star, Former Winners MSR, Northern Meeting • Glenfiddich MSR • Overall Winner, P/M Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition

Niall has also played at the top level in the pipe band world, having previously played with both the Scottish Power Pipe Band and Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band from New Zealand. In 2016 he played again with the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, having also been a member of the original band in 2008.

Niall also started up the Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band a few years ago and last year they won the Scottish Schools Championships, British Championships and World Championships in Novice Juvenile ‘B’ grade. The band have recently been promoted to Novice Juvenile ‘A’

Brian Yates has been playing pipes since 1971. His principle teachers were Hector Cameron and Hammie Workman, ex-HLI; and Jim Stack one of America’s silver medallists. He has also studied with Sandy Jones, Donald Lindsay, Nevillie McKay, and Colin MacLellan.

He has been teaching pipes since 1986. After earning a Master’s Degree in Teaching with certification in Secondary English taught pipes fulltime from 1993 to 2005 in five of New England’s top private schools and also taught privately.

He has played with top Grade III and Grade II bands in New England: Clan Sutherland and Manchester and was third overall in Grade I solo competition in the Eastern United States in 1990.

He is on the Highland Council Supply list having done many long-term supply stints in English in various secondary schools in Highland since immigrating to Scotland in 2005. He also teaches pipes privately and currently owns Cabar Fèidh Bagpipe Supplies in the Victorian Market in Inverness.

Scott Burgess Hay comes from a piping family and started playing at the age of seven. He was taught by his grandfather John McDougall, a multi Gold Medal winner, Master of Piobaireachd and leading exponent of the “Balmoral” style of piping.

As a junior, Scott had success in solo competitions around the Highland Games, competing against the best young pipers in the country. After leaving school he went to the Outer Hebrides where he studied Scottish Traditional Music.

After he had finished studying Scott joined other family members to found Burgess Bagpipes Ltd. The Company designs and manufactures all three types of Scottish bagpipes. They have professionals in the trad scene playing their instruments in leading folk bands. They export their products across the globe.

Scott is now a teacher with the Fèis and also has private students. He has a great interest in folk music, playing bellows pipes, flutes, whistles and other instruments.

Supported by Fèisean nan Gàidheal, The Highland Council, Nairn Ward (Nurturing Nairnshire), Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and HIE Inverness & East Highland