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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Artist Talk with Ian Kinnear - Building a Bagpipe

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NorVA Centre

Flin Flon, MB



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Drop by Ian Kinnear's Scottish Smallpipe workshop to learn how he makes these incredibly beautiful instruments. Traveling all the way from Edzell, Scotland, we are so excited to have him visit Flin Flon Culture Days to share first hand his knowledge and love of the scottish smallpipe.

Since Ian began making smallpipes in 1993 he has developed his chanter reed to produce clarity of tone and volume. He has used this as his basis for perfecting the design of his drones and chanters to achieve the ultimate balance of tone and volume and has established himself as a maker of first class musical instruments. All his smallpipes are of the highest quality in terms of workmanship and sound.

It is testament to this that many of the big name bands in Scottish traditional music such as “The Battlefield Band” and “Tannahill Weavers” have used Ian’s smallpipes over many years. Scottish smallpipes are a bellows-blown bagpipe with a softer and more mellow sound than the better known Highland Bagpipe. The volume is ideal for group work with other traditional acoustic instruments.

Great care has been taken in the research and design of the pipes to ensure accuracy of sound. Ian makes all his own reeds. The finest of materials combined with scrupulous attention to detail provides a superbly finished instrument.

From the size of the bag and bellows to the design of the reeds and the chanter bore, Ian has rethought every aspect of smallpipe manufacture to produce a sound and playing experience enjoyed by students and professionals alike.


Flin Flon Arts Council

The Flin Flon Arts Council is an organization with a mandate to support art in northern Manitoba and Northern Manitoban artists and art initiatives. Because of the Flin Flon Arts Council (FFAC), Flin Flon has proven to be a driving cultural force in northern Manitoba. The Arts Council has been a proud supporter of Culture Days since the beginning. In 2018, Culture Days Flin Flon ranked #2 in the country with over 140 events. We support multiple arts organizations throughout the year and promote arts and culture in all aspects of our communities.