February 28, 2001

Shotts Announces Two Major Concerts

The Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, the reigning World Champions, has announced two major “Live In Concert” dates for 2001 following the band’s successful show last week at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

On Saturday, April 28, Shotts will perform in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, in a concert sponsored and hosted by the Tullylagan Pipe Band, and on Wednesday, August 8, they will play at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow at the annual Glasgow-Skye Association Pipe Band concert.

“2000 was an outstanding year for Shotts, winning the World Pipe Band Championship for the thirteenth time and participating in the Millennium Concert in Glasgow,” said Pipe Major Robert Mathieson. “The hard work of last year has been continued through the closed season, and part of our winter program includes co-writing concert pieces and compositions with leading members of Bagad Brieg, who will be an integral part of our pre-World’s concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in August.”

The band promises that the Glasgow event will be “an eye opener and will feature some very special music.”

The band has reportedly had an influx of new pipers and drummers in the last few months. Mathieson also commented that “the forthcoming Northern Ireland Concert is an important part of our diary for this year and it will help our new players to integrate into the band unit; as the Celtic Connections concert in January did for us.”


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