Whistle (High D & Low D) : Upper Intermediate Level
The use of breath control for shaping phrasing and utilising dynamics (volume), particularly in relation to playing slow airs, as well as jigs, reels, strathspeys etc.
How to use suitable articulation, ie. single, double and triple tonguing for different styles of tune, in conjunction with ornamentation.
The use of appropriate ornamentation to enhance the character and rhythmic feel of a tune.
Using the above techniques to bring out the character and explore the different, contrasting styles of repertoire from the east and west coast of Scotland, as well as the Irish traditions.
How to construct harmonies and instrumental breaks, both as pre-planned and improvised ideas, within a group arrangement.
Born in Canada, raised in Argyll - Marc is known primarily for
co-founding the notable Celtic band Capercaillie with whom he has
toured extensively and made many successful recordings.
His time spent at the Guildhall School of Music has given him an
eclectic taste in music and a distinct style of playing which has kept
him in demand as a session musician and a teacher.
Since leaving Capercaillie in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked
with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki and
wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension.
Marc has performed and recorded with an eclectic array of artists from many different musical genres including Def Shepherd, Fish, Iain Morrison, ￼Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Wolfstone and as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing music for the BBC series
"A History of Scotland."
Also notable is that Marc was nominated for "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2008 Scottish Trad Music Awards.