Glasgow Police add Walker to Pre-World’s Ceolry concert

Published: February 25, 2014
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The Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band promised a decidedly Gaelic flavour for their 2014 Pre-World’s “Ceolry” concert, and the band has delivered already with the addition of singer Rachel Walker to the bill.

Walker, who was named Gaelic Singer of the Year in the 2013 Trad Music Awards, will perform at least three songs with the band, including compositions with the band itself playing.
Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson said that included will be a song dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with two songs from that period included in the piece.

Rachel Walker is based in the Highlands, and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has performed with a number of bands, including Dochas and Skipinnish, is a member of the Gaelic singing Quartet Cruinn, and has appeared on various television shows.

The annual Pre-World’s concert has been promoted by the Grade 2 Glasgow Skye Pipe Band since the 1990s, and has included many of the greatest bands in their competitive and performing prime.

The Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band has added a number of new members to its pipe section, including Michael Grey,but Nicholson said that reports of Gordon Walker joining are not true, as the renowned solo piper ultimately decided that he could not fit it into his schedule.

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  1. uilleannonlooker

    erm.. ok I get it will be the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war in 2014 but why would a song be dedicated to the start of it?

  2. ulsterman

    uilleannonlooker stop leaving negative comments about the tribute for the first world war. people lost there lives for our freedom.

  3. uilleannonlooker

    a cool and respectful gesture that is exactly my problem with the initial idea. Thank you Drrrrummer, you sumed up everything that I think is wrong with this “cool and respectful gesture” This band has decided that it will project on to their PAYING audience, the notion that we should sit down and reflect on WW1, something that happened 100 years ago and this being the sole reason to do so. Just because it was 100 years ago, a mathimatical fact at best, I mean last year it was 99 years ago and who cared? and who will care next year when it is it’s 101st anniversary? nobody, that is who! so why subject people to this faux remembrance? I mean what are you going to do? shed a tear for your great grandfather? if so you would be as fake as these “celebrities” that go on that “who do you think you are” genealogy shows. Then they shed a tear for complete strangers in the past that never meant anything to them until the found out about their existence, pointless at best, and fake at worst.

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