Kilpatrick gathers pipe band drummers for Live Earth
At the special request of the event’s organizers, renowned pipe band snare drummer Jim Kilpatrick is assembling a group of 15 drummers to perform at the
July 7 “Live Earth” concert at Wembley Stadium in London.
The pipe band drummers will join an all-star group of famous drummers from various idioms from around the world, including Chad Smith, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters; Roger Taylor of Queen; The Dohl Foundation; Joji Hirota from Taiko Drummers; and African and Brazilian ensembles.
Kilpatrick plans to take most of his drummers from House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead, along with Scott Birrell of Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, Russell Esler and Malcolm McEwan. The pipe band drummers will probably be featured on a drum riser in the middle of the stage, surrounded by the drummers from other idioms.
Live Earth is a music event occurring in eight cities around the world that aims to attract more 2 billion people to raise awareness of global warming over 24 hours. More than 100 artists are scheduled to participate, including Madonna, Beastie Boys, Snow Patrol and The Police.
The addition of the all-star line-up of pipe band drummers to Live Earth is the latest elevation of Highland pipe and pipe band music to a worldwide market. It follows the recent release of The White Stripes‘ new CD, Icky Thump, which features Scottish smallpipes on the track, “Prickly Thorn But Sweetly Worn.”
What do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comment system to provide your thoughts!
Do you have news? Be sure to send your information to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.