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    1. Hi Chuck — yes, reservations for Gavin’s are made directly through them. Don’t wait, as Gavin’s usually sells out by early August!

  1. Hi Gary — we’ll let you know shortly; it’s mainly an issue of available space in the workshop rooms at Gavin’s.

  2. Hello Brad,
    could you send me the link for the info about ivory? Is it so that instruments from Canada are not a problem?
    Thanks
    Henri

    1. Hello Henri,

      Sorry for the delay. Instruments from Canada are most certainly a problem if they have ivory on them and you’re crossing the border into the US (it seems that going back to Canada is okay). tighter restrictions have been in place since February 2014 on ivory imports and exports. If you’re coming to the tionól from another country and any part of your instrument contains ivory, your instrument may be confiscated at the border unless you have the approved documentation. It’s worth reading up on the new law to understand the risks. There’s a good summary at http://www.thebagpipeplace.com/Ivory_Law.html

  3. Hi, registration will open in July. We’ll announce this year’s lineup of instructors later this spring, it won’t be long! Hope to see you in October.

  4. Fixed! It’s easy for us to make changes like this. I put you in Ivan’s workshop on Saturday and Sheila’s workshop on Sunday.

  5. Hi Neil,

    We don’t assign roommates anymore. I think we used to do that, many years ago, but not for a long time now. Accommodations are handled entirely by Gavin’s, and we don’t get involved. We set up the blog to help people find roommates and to share transportation. Cheers, Brad

  6. Hello. I am a beginner at piping, and have been taking lessons since June, 2016. Are there workshops at your tionol which would be appropriate for a beginner? Thank you.

    1. Hi Richard — we always have beginner classes at the tionol. The workshops are generally aimed at more intermediate and advanced players, but beginners would still learn something by attending. There are two classes and two workshops over the course of the weekend.

  7. We live locally and will not be registering for the workshops. Can we still attend the evening concert and where is it?

    1. Yes! There will be instructor concerts on Friday and Saturday nights — we’re going to sell a $20 ticket that allows you in to both concerts. Concerts will take place at Gavin’s, in the pub.

  8. In the past, I have signed up for workshops although I play neither pipes nor fiddle. This year, workshops are clearly marked for each instrument. Does that mean I can no longer sign up for a workshop?

    1. Hi Lila — we’ve always marked workshops as either for pipes or fiddle (sometimes for both), and we’ve always allowed auditors (people who don’t play the instrument but just want to listen and learn). If you’ve registered for the tionól, you can audit any workshop as long as there’s space and it’s okay with the instructor. If you’re signing up as workshop-only participant, you can sign up for any workshop you like.

    1. Thanks, Susan — you can just show up at Gavin’s (the concerts will happen in the pub). We’re selling a combined ticket for $20 that’s good for both concerts — if you buy a ticket Friday night hang onto it since you’ll be able to use it again for the Saturday concert without paying extra.

  9. Hello! I’m excited to find that I am free the weekend of the Tionol for the first time in many years. I see that the registration is now closed online, I just want to double check that there is room if I show up to the Tionol? I’d like to participate in the reed making workshop, and possibly audit a piping workshop or two. Is there room for me?

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Nate — yes, you can register on-site for $190.00. Note that lodging and meals are extra on top of that; Gavin’s may be sold out (they typically sell out by late August) but you will need to check with the directly about lodging. You would need to register in full if you want to take the reedmaking workshop. Most of the piping workshops still have room but several are full; if you check the “Details” page on the website here you’ll see which ones no longer have room.

  10. I am a concertina player and I like to sit in on workshops with pipers. I would like to attend either Ivan Goff’s Variations or Fiachra O’Regan’s Slow Airs. Last year I attended Michael Stirbling’s sounds of silence and got a lot out of it. Can you please let me know when those workshops take place, and if I can pay at the door? Thanks very much! P

    1. Hi Philippa — all workshops this year are on Sunday from 3-4:30 pm. If you want to attend a workshop, please sign up for it in advance at the registration table (registration will be in the Tea Room on Friday evening; I believe it will be in the pub on Saturday morning). Workshops are $45.
      The schedule for the weekend is at the bottom of this page: http://www.eastcoastpipers.com/details/

  11. Hi – we’re heading up tonight. Do you know if registration will be open tonight and if so, what time? Or do we wait until the morning?

  12. Hello!
    I just attended the 2 concerts for the 2017 Tionol. The musicians were SUPERB! I can’t say the same about Gavins for the venue – the seats were absolutely THE most uncomfortable I have ever sat on; it was so crowded I couldn’t see; Saturday night they were moving furniture above us – it was very distracting. Gavins needs to improve -put a portable stage up so the musicians can be seen and purchase some new, more comfortable chairs. I do not think I will return next year unless something is done!

    1. Thanks for your comments. We did talk with Gavin’s about the timing of furniture-moving in the dining room above the pub. We’ll pass your other comments on to them.

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