☼ ☼ ☼ Dick Hensold, Northumbrian piper | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents Dick Hensold in a solo concert entitled ‘Northumbrian smallpipes and other strange beasts’ on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 PM at the Nelson Town Hall in Nelson, NH. Admission is $12/$9 (senior, youth).


“Dick Hensold is a master piper with an exquisite touch.” –City Pages, Minneapolis, MN

Dick Hensold is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, and for the past 20 years has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States.  He has released numerous CDs as a member of the groups Piper’s Crow, Way Up North, The New International Trio, the Lyra Baroque orchestra, and with Ruth MacKenzie’s Kalevala.  His solo Northumbrian smallpipes CD Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes was released in 2007.  He is much in demand as accompanist, studio musician and theater musician, and frequently composes new works based on the traditions of the Northumbrian pipes.

The concert will feature Hensold on Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), reel pipes (an indoor version of the Scottish Highland pipes intended for Scottish dance music), seljefløyte (Norwegian willow-flute), säckpipa (Swedish bagpipes), pibgorn (Welsh hornpipe), and several other instruments. He will play music in several traditional and historical styles, with particular emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish, and Northumbrian, but also including Scandinavian, medieval, Irish, and original music. The program also includes a couple of songs, neither of them in English, and a limited amount of dancing while seated.  Join us for a unique musical evening with one of America’s finest and most unusual traditional bagpipers.