Things to know. Or not....
I partnered up with a filmmaker during the pandemic to make a video across Ottawa in honour of Remembrance Day. I hope you enjoy it.
I get to play with rock bands. And then we talk about going to big shows. And that is awesome. Glastonbury 2024 - now that would be superb!
It's so nice to be asked to pipe at highland dance contests of any size. Small, big, outdoor, indoor, it's all the same - all important in someone else's life and a culmination of a lot of preparation and work that you are hired to support.
So, you get ready by reviewing your tunes and getting the pipes all ready to be played throughout the day - the same tunes for each dance, but different tempos - all set by the judging panel watching very closely and listening to you play.
It's not easy but it is very rewarding. I am very good at chasing the sound and making sure the dance pieces are well presented.
Always learning, every day.
When one contest season ends, another one begins with the opportunity to build a new set of tunes to compete with for the pipe band.
And we might keep the set for a couple of years, and get to know it very well. I have just assembled our new set, and we have started playing it. Everyone is enthusiastic about the choices, and we are all playing it well.
August comes early, every year, and we will be ready!
Bethany Bisaillion is a piper living in Ottawa, Canada. She performs, produces shows and loves to help others. Being loud and sometimes in a kilt is a way of life.