Vermont native Ian Gauthier has played the Highland bagpipes with the Catamount Pipe Band since 2008. He got his Master’s degree in Information Science from SUNY Albany in 2013 and currently works as the Children’s Librarian at the Aldrich Public Library. Ian studies Scottish Gaelic with Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir and has participated in Gaelic song workshops with local singer and harper Dominique Dodge. He can be seen leading introductory Scottish Gaelic language tutorials at the VICA Highland Games and the New Hampshire Highland Games. Ian has a passion for Scottish and Irish folklore and has participated in workshops at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. His current creative projects are pairing Gaelic lyrics to melodies on the Scottish smallpipes, writing a novel about Celtic folklore, and creating a Scottish Gaelic comic strip.
Gaelic is the Celtic language spoken in Scotland and Cape Breton. Once the main language of Scotland it is now a minority language in its own homeland. It is a Goidelic language, in the Celtic branch of the Indo-European language family, native to the Gaels of Scotland. As a Goidelic language, Scottish Gaelic, as well as both Irish and Manx, developed out of Old Irish.