August 31, 2001

Shotts Concert a Sell Out

Glasgow, Scotland – August 8, 2001 – The annual Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall was one of the biggest successes yet, with a sell-out crowd taking every seat and jamming the foyer to watch the event on closed circuit monitors.

The concert was named “Calling The Shotts” and featured less pure pipe band music and more experimental, avant-garde pieces. The Bagad Brieg band some said dominated the show, but many who came to hear the reigning World Champions were disappointed not to hear much of the Shotts band by itself.

The concert was an attempt once again to extend the possibilities of what a pipe band performance can be. The finale was a huge hit, with both bands’ pipe sections and drum corps, bombards, two drum sets and a jazz quartet in grey suits.

The biggest cheers of the night went to an “incredible” drum solo by Shotts leading drummer Jim Kilpatrick, and a solo ballad by tenor drummer Hayley Alexander called “The Piper and the Maker,” a song about the band.

Shotts played through most of the show with 19 pipers and only five side drummers, apparently trying to balance the sound indoors.


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