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Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

a procession out of Barga for an evening based around music, wine and polenta at the La Cantina del Vino

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Two pipers leading the way as all 60 musicians attending the Hamish Moore School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance were led out of Barga Vecchia, down through Barga Giardino and out into the valley to the Cantina del Vino.

There they were met by the staff of the Cantina del Vino and various members of the Polentari of Filecchio for an evening based around music, wine and polenta


Polenta is made with ground yellow or white cornmeal, (ground maize). It can be ground coarsely or finely depending on the region and the texture desired. As it is known today, polenta derives from earlier forms of grain mush (known as puls or pulmentum in Latin or more commonly as gruel or porridge) commonly eaten in Roman times and after. Early forms of polenta were made with such starches as the grain farro and chestnut flour, both of which are still used in small quantity today. When boiled, polenta has a smooth creamy texture due to the gelatinization of starch in the grain, though it may not be completely homogenous if a coarse grind or a particularly hard grain such as flint corn is used

La Cantina del Vino – Via Mario Mazzoni, 33 | Localita Lato, 55051, Barga, Italy


Càirdeas nam Pìobairean (Hamish Moore’s organisation, The Fellowship of Pipers) presented the 2017 School of Traditional Scots and Gaelic Song, Music and Dance in Barga.

Hamish Moore  established a similar school, “Ceòlas”, in the heartland of Gaelic culture on The Hebridean island of South Uist twenty years ago. The coined name, Ceòlas is a combination of two Gaelic words namely, ceòl which means music and eòlas which means understanding.


So – what of Barga and The School here?

Firstly the school will eschew the stereotypical view of what Scottish Culture is – the parody of itself which was a politically motivated creation.

They will be rediscovering and celebrating with the help of the best of their tradition bearers their beautiful past traditions which have been saved for them, are now main stream, and represent a living tradition. The school in Barga is just a small strand of the exciting movement which has overtaken Scotland.

More than this they will be breaking down the artificially created barriers between the different elements of our tradition.

For this reason they study two disciplines, each interrelated and they will come together at the end of each day for an integrated session. Each of these parts when re-united will support and enhance each other and the product will be greater than the sum of the parts. There will be tears of joy and sadness when alchemy is achieved.

Barga will provide the rest: –  the wonderful welcoming people, the spectacular food, the beauty of the city where magic happens and the chance and random meetings will constantly take place in piazzas and inspire a tune or a song – living – soaring – maybe even to heaven. — Hamish Moore

Hamish Moore has just been inducted into the Scottish traditional music hall of fame (article here)
The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to giving acknowledgement and recognition to musicians and industry people who, by their dedication and hard work, have supported and influenced the development of Scottish traditional music during their lives.
BOTH as a piper and as a pipemaker, Hamish Moore has had a vital influence on the Scottish piping scene over the past three decades, particularly in what has become known as the “cauld wind revival” – the renaissance of Scotland’s hitherto forgotten bellows-blown bagpipes.
A time-served piper from a family of pipers, since the mid-1980s, Hamish has been producing – latterly with the help of his son, Fin – high quality sets of Scottish small pipes and Border pipes, with such success that the firm has closed its order books until it catches up with its waiting list. In concerts and recordings, Hamish’s playing has carried the torch for a revival of interest in bellows-blown pipes which has seen them become commonplace on the piping and wider folk scene, compared to 30 years ago when they seemed the arcane, antiquarian interest of a few enthusiasts.




Hamish Moore, Gary West – Pipes; Fin Moore – Pipes; Siobhan Miller – Scots song; Kathleen MacInnes– Gaelic song; Sarah McFadyen – Fiddle; Derrick Cameron (Cape Breton) – Guitar accompaniment; Melody Cameron (Cape Breton) – Step dance and Fiddle; Pat Ballantyne – Step dance.

Hamish Moore site is here


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