College of Piping to launch CD on Saturday

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE —  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has released a CD of music featuring its staff and students. 

Karen Hatcher, executive director at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, shows off a copy of “At Long Last,” the College’s first recording in several years. The official launch takes place Saturday. 

Saturday marks the official launch of “At Long Last,” a recording comprised of 13 tracks inspired by the College’s summer show, “Highland Storm.”

“We spend the winter putting it together,” said the College’s executive director, Karen Hatcher. “There is a full cast ensemble, pipe bands, vocal, fiddle and everybody who is in the recording is in the show this year. I am so proud of it.”

The title track, a story of celebration, was penned by the College’s own piping instructor, James McHattie.

The College’s last CD, “Great Scott!,” was released in the summer of 2008 and paid tribute to beloved executive director, the late Scott MacAulay, who died the previous year. Before that, a CD featuring music from staff and students of the College was released in 2003.

“At Long Last,” released in mid May, is also available on iTunes and response has been “phenomenal,” said Hatcher.

“We are selling them almost daily in the gift shop,” she added. “It’s exciting to have all instructors and students performing on it.”

The launch takes place in conjunction with the official opening of the Summerside Homecoming Highland Gathering at noon on Saturday.

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