Dick Hensold is a full-time freelance musician specializing in early music; traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland; Nordic folk music, and Cambodian traditional music. He performs on the Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa), Medieval great-pipes, Scottish Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte (Norwegian willow flute), low whistle and traditional Cambodian reed instruments. He has taught Northumbrian smallpipes at workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland.
He played in the band Way Up North from 1993-97 and has been principal composer and arranger for the bagpipe-oriented quartet, Piper’s Crow, since 1998, as well as making numerous solo and duo appearances. He released his solo CD, “Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes,” in August 2007.
Hensold played with the New International Trio, an ensemble that mixed Cambodian, folk, early music, and jazz, from 1986-2007. They released a CD in 1988 on Atomic Theory records. Also Rak Smey Khemera (Light From Heaven), a traditional Cambodian group that released a CD in 2001. He has worked on a number of projects at the Children’s Theater Company, The Guthrie, Theatre de la Juene Lune, and others, on several of which he served as music director. One project, Ruth MacKenzie’s Kalevala, released a CD on Northside Records in 1998. He is composer-in-residence at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, providing music for a contemplative service, and has been commissioned to produce 14 pieces for Northumbrian smallpipes, flute, and strings for workshops in Northumberland, England.
“It will be a unique musical evening with one of America’s finest and most unusual traditional bagpipers,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “It is a rare treat to bring Dick Hensold here--we are happy to host him in his return to Colebrook.” Hensold first performed in Colebrook in 2012, when the GNWCA first introduced him to North Country audiences.
Tickets are available for $15 in advance at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or at the door the night of the concert. For more information on this and other upcoming GNWCA concerts, call 237-9302 or 246-8998.