Published: July 31, 2008

Win tickets to the Shotts concert!

On Wednesday, August 13th, the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band will stage “Caledonia,” a new show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as the headline act of the annual “pre-World’s” concert sponsored by the Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye Pipe Band.
 
Shotts is working with pipes|drums to offer two free tickets to the show to one lucky and canny pipes|drums reader whose correct answers submitted by e-mail are the first opened randomly on Wednesday, August 6th.
 
Readers just need to answer correctly these three skill-testing questions about the band:
 
1. Robert Mathieson has been Pipe-Major of Shotts for
a) five years
b) seven years
c) More than 20 years
 
2. The House of Edgar:
a) Weaves tartan
b) Makes drums
c) Makes rain-capes
 
3. Shotts Pipe band have won the World’s:
a) Three times
b) Five times
c) Fifteen times
 
Contest rules:
  • Deadline for entry is Wednesday, August 6, at 12 (noon) eastern time
  • Answers must be sent by e-mail to editor@pipesdrums.com.
  • Put “Shotts concert contest” as the subject line
  • First all-correct answer opened wins
  • Tickets must be picked up at the concert hall on the night of the event
Combined value of the two tickets is £35 (or about $70). The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced in a news story on pipes|drums. Good luck!
 
About “Caledonia,” Robert Mathieson writes: 
It has been a few years since the Shotts band appeared in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The current band membership is relatively new in terms of young players from all over the world. This has brought a fresh approach to the night’s selection of music. The hallmark of the band over the years has been consistency at the highest level. It is a very rare opportunity to hear the band off the competition arena playing on stage to entertain.
 
The concert will be compeered by Ken Eller, ex-78th Fraser Highlanders and former-Pipe-Major of Clan MacFarlane. The show promises a variety of styles and time signatures, all piping-related, fusing the contemporary with the traditional as well as the bagpipes with mainstream Celtic music. The show will feature more than 70 tunes.
 
The program includes music from Griogair singing his own songs and playing guitar with the pipe band. His finger dexterity and musicianship takes Gaelic music to a new level. His words to Duncan Johnstone’s “Farewell to Nigg” have been acclaimed as a Celtic anthem amongst the Gaels. Griogair will be accompanied by a house band of guest musicians including keyboards, fiddle, guitar, bass, whistle, smallpipes, saxophone and additional percussion.
 
Singer/songwriter Moira Kerr will sing three numbers with the band: the title track, “Caledonia,” and the Coldplay song, “Til kingdom Come.” She has also written lyrics to the pipe tune, “The Bells of Dunblane,” never before sung in concert.
 
The pipe band will play many new tunes some written by various band members. The numbers will also include material from the new Shotts worlds medley not yet performed in competition. Duets, solo performers and full ensemble will show the scale and depth of the performers. This lineup promises to deliver a feast of Celtic music to suit the taste buds of all piping enthusiasts and should help wet the appetite before the big day on Saturday, August 16th.
 
For drummers, a special treat of two drum fanfares has been included in the lineup. As expected, I and others in the band have composed some new material. Joining the band on stage will be the dance group, “Crossfire,” adding a risqué visual element to the music of Scotland’s best.

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