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Flute and Whistle with Hamish Napier: 29 July 2024

START: 29 July 2024
END: 02 August 2024
COST: £290


Hamish Napier
Listen to his album ‘The River’  here!

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is delighted to have award-winning and multi-instrumentalist folk musician Hamish Napier return to their Short Course Summer Programme this year.

The course is open to both whistle and flute (wooden and Boehm system) players and will encourage students to develop a happy relationship with their instrument. Hamish will encourage discussions on practice approaches and materials, performance confidence, ornamentation and articulation, intonation, tone, breathing technique and choosing good breathing places in tunes. There will also be some ‘need-to-know’ theory, rhythm games and four ‘need-to-know’ folk scales (and how to get them sounding free-flowing and effortless on your instrument). The workshops will also prioritise popular Scottish session repertoire that fit easily on flute and whistle.

This course will be taught partly by ear, and partly by supplementary sheet music and information handouts will be provided each day.

About Hamish

Hamish Napier is a Scottish folk flautist, pianist, singer, educator and composer inspired by the heritage and nature of his native landscape of Strathspey. For 17 years he lived and worked in Glasgow and Boston’s vibrant, multi-genre music scenes. On returning home five years ago, he began his ‘Strathspey Pentalogy’, an ambitious ten-year project to produce five landscape-inspired albums. The River (2016) and The Railway (2018) received 5 stars in national newspapers, and The Woods (2020) was awarded ‘Album of the Year’ in the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Hamish has collaborated with leading artists such as Duncan Chisholm, Ross Ainslie, Donald Shaw, Julie Fowlis, Blue Rose Code and Martyn Bennett. He has worked on national TV as both performer and radio presenter, and appeared at festivals, theatres, music camps and universities throughout the UK, Europe and America. He strives for a balance between tradition and innovation, celebrating and respecting Scotland’s rich musical heritage while transcending boundaries, with jazz, classical and modern music production techniques.

His work is often interdisciplinary: syncing music to landscape films or incorporating poems and stories. Hamish produced a film ‘Strathspey Stories’ with David Francis that premiered at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, and is the writer and voice of over ten hours of audio stories for smartphone travel apps ‘Highland Discovery’ and ‘Badenoch the Storylands’ for Transport Scotland and Badenoch Heritage. Over the past couple of years, he has been highly involved in the arts in his local community in Cairngorms National Park, particularly through the Storylands Sessions event series co-created with writer Merryn Glover – a hugely successful performance hub for poetry, stories, music, art and song for all ages.

“There’s stunning craft to Hamish’s music-making. The sleeve-notes for The Woods are little Nan-Shepherd-esque prose-poems in their own right. I salute the ambition, vision and timescale of his Pentalogy project.”
Robert MacFarlane ‘The Lost Words’

★★★★★ “The Woods is a beautifully constructed, evocative and distinctive album…a splendid and rare treat.”
SONGLiNES Magazine

★★★★★ “Scintillating…brilliantly vivid”
The Scotsman

★★★★★ “Napier has the composer’s gift of painting a picture with sound, more evocative that an artist. Superb.”
FATEA Magazine

“A vivid exploration of woodland, and its connection to the past and present. Meticulous research and authenticity drives it…a work of passion and commitment.”
Cameron McNeish, Scots Magazine

“Rich and complex…a tremendous piece of work and highly recommended”
Chris Townsend Outdoors



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