Beyond the Bodhrán: Modern Celtic Percussion and Celtic Culture with Scott Morrison

Saturday, March 19, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

This seminar will feature a two-part presentation on modern Celtic percussion and Celtic culture by Scott Morrison.

Part 1: Celtic Culture and History

A swing through Celtic history with some commentary on the modern day Cèilidh culture of Ireland and Scotland and how it interacts and informs the music of modern day Celtic culture. Language, poetry, maps, and Gaelic songs will be mixed into this multi-media presentation.

Part 2: Celtic Percussion

What that is and how it fits into the overall framework seen in Part 1. Included in this part will be: a brief introduction to the primary Celtic melodic instruments from Ireland and Scotland with some live performance/demonstrations, an introduction to the Celtic percussion instruments and how they work and sound including a VERY brief history of each, and some live performances and demonstrations of each of them. Also, a question-answer session will be built into the end of the presentation.


1057 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

We will also be able to livestream this event for any who’d like to join virtually.

SCOTT MORRISON – In addition to regular workshops at HMT, Scott Morrison has taught at Appalachian Bluegrass in Catonsville, the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and at various Celtic festivals in MD, VA and PA. Scott holds a B.S. in Music from Frostburg State University, with a double concentration in K-12 Music Education and Percussion Performance.  He also holds a B.A. in Scottish Gaelic: Language and Culture from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig which is a part of the University of Highlands and Islands system in Scotland.  He has been running his own music school, “Rimshots” (based in Elkridge, MD) for 20 years and he is co-founder and Head Instructor/Curriculum designer for the Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir (Baltimore Scottish Gaelic School) which was established in 2015.  Scott has been appearing on the D.C./Baltimore Celtic music scene on a regular basis since 2001 playing with such Celtic luminaries and bands as; Billy McComisky, Skylark, Big Blow and the Bushwackers, The Devil’s Tailors, and hundreds of private and public music sessions.

Other projects Scott is currently working on:

$50 Seminar

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