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Cape Breton Pipers: Barry Shears  & the Shepherdstown Piping Collective
Shepherd University Reynolds Hall
Shepherdstown, WV
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Saturday Aug 24, 2019 8:00 PM - Saturday Aug 24, 2019 10:30 PM | $10.00 - $25.00


Cape Breton Pipers: Barry Shears  & the Shepherdstown Piping Collective
Barry Shears, born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, NS, in 1956, is an acknowledged expert on the history of traditional piping in Nova Scotia and its intrinsic connection to the Gaelic language, music and culture. He comes from a musical family which includes 3 piping brothers. His first lessons in piping were from Angus MacIntyre, whose family came to Cape Breton in 1826, were descended from Duncan MacIntyre, MacDonald of Clanranalds 1750s family piper.

An accomplished musician, Barry has performed at concerts and festivals throughout North America, as well as in Scotland and Europe, a highlight of which was a live to air broadcast on Radio France where, along with other well known CB musicians  the late John Morris Rankin of the Rankin family, the late violinist Jerry Holland and multi-instrumentalist David MacIsaac, the unique, uplifting and wonderful sound of Cape Breton music was introduced to a wide European audience in 1990.

In 1981 Barry performed with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron in a series of concerts in both Nova Scotia and Scotland. His own CD, A Cape Breton Piper is his tribute to this traditional, Gaelic- based piping style and has been very well received, not only by lovers of bagpipe music but to fans of all forms of Celtic music. Barry is also a composer of pipe tunes and, along with winning third prize in a world-wide piping composition contest sponsored by the famous Highland single malt scotch producer Grants Distillery on its 100th anniversary, his original compositions and arrangements have appeared in books and recordings of other Celtic musicians. In addition, Barry has played the role of a piper in the television movie Baby with Farrah Fawcett, Keith Carradine, and Jean Stapleton; performed and arranged the bagpipe music for the critically acclaimed Canadian movie Margarets Museum starring Helena Bonham Carter and Clive Russell.

Originally a competitive piper, Barry has won the Champion Supreme trophy for Professional piping in Nova Scotia 6 times and holds the Pipe Major Certificate from the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve), (1980) as well as senior piping and teaching certificates from the College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland. In late 1978 he moved to Scotland to take lessons in piobaireachd from Captain Andrew Pitkeathly, The Army School of Piping, Edinburgh Castle.

The Shepherdstown Piping Collective combines the talents of Shepherdstown piper, Robert Mitchell with piper, Sean Reidy, percussionist Anna Oyler and multi-instrumentalist, Nicholas Blanton.  Known for an ecelectic repertoire of piping melodies and subtle harmonies, their spirited arrangements will set the mood for the concert.

Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and $15 members and $10 students. At the door: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 members and $10 children/students.

Advance tickets will be available online from Brown Paper Tickets, by mail (send a check to SMaD, PO Box1293, Shepherdstown, WV  25443 with your order), or for full price at the door.


Shepherd University Reynolds Hall (View)
109 North King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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