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In the late 1500s, while Continental Europe was fighting wars of succession & Lowland Scotland was embroiled in religious controversies, the wild Highlanders of Scotland were refining a Classical Music on the bagpipe: The deep & hypnotic Piobaireachd, one of the oldest classical music traditions in Europe. Evan Gray has studied this music, its stories, & traditions for over 18 years. Along with marches & dance music, hear this rare music of the Gaels & learn some bagpipe lore.
About: In 1995, in the grips of temporary insanity or perhaps strong drink, Evan decided learning to play the bagpipe, & getting in touch with his Scottish heritage, was a good idea. After diligent practice & excellent instruction, he has successfully competed in Scotland & all over the Southwest US. Evan Gray is a Staff Sergeant--playing the bagpipe in the 44th Army Band, New Mexico Army National Guard since 1999.
Black Friars Fencing Academy
Master Vincentio Saviolo, showcases the fine art & techniques of fencing. Fencing traces its roots to the development of swordsmanship for duels & self defense. Fencing is probably one of the oldest games in existence, sprang directly from the duel, & the latter has been extant as long as there has been war. The Academcy will also host the Nautical Swordfighting Demonstration by Clan Darksail, also seen In the Arena.