Published: December 31, 2009

SLOT concert to showcase 100-year musical evolution

As the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band of Dublin marks a century of musical growth in 2010, the band has aptly named its August 11th Pre-World’s concert in Glasgow “Evolution,” which according to Pipe-Major Terry Tully, is “a good description of how far our band, and pipe bands in general, have evolved over the last 100 years.”
 
The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall event, once again organized and promoted by the Grade 2 Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye Pipe Band of Glasgow, will also be recorded for both a CD and DVD release. The band is also supporting the effort with centenary merchandise, including a special centenary calendar with photos from as early as 1912.
 
The band last performed at the coveted Glasgow concert event in 2005 when it brought the house down with its “Dawning of the Day” show, which was subsequently made into a CD.
 
Tully said that the concert is only one the projects that the band has planned for 2010.
 
When asked what people can expect to hear on August 11th, Tully said, “There will be a different slant to the concert this time around in terms of music. The band is flat-out at the moment working on new material, most of it from within our own resources in the band. There will also be some music from band selections from the last four seasons, plenty of traditional Irish sets and some classic Scottish music as well. There will also be Breton, Galician and some classic traditional Irish airs.”
 
He added that the concert will feature musicians from outside of the band, but different from the group featured in 2005. “We are in the process of inviting some special guests to perform on the night. There is more to come on this.”
 
“Evolution” will be emceed again by Eric Stein, who assisted with the 2005 event.
 
Tickets are already on sale, priced at £19.50 and £17.50, available online or in-person at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office.

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