The Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band promised a decidedly Gaelic flavour for their 2014 Pre-World’s “Ceolry” concert, and the band has delivered already with the addition of singer Rachel Walker to the bill.
Walker, who was named Gaelic Singer of the Year in the 2013 Trad Music Awards, will perform at least three songs with the band, including compositions with the band itself playing.
Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson said that included will be a song dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with two songs from that period included in the piece.
Rachel Walker is based in the Highlands, and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has performed with a number of bands, including Dochas and Skipinnish, is a member of the Gaelic singing Quartet Cruinn, and has appeared on various television shows.
The annual Pre-World’s concert has been promoted by the Grade 2 Glasgow Skye Pipe Band since the 1990s, and has included many of the greatest bands in their competitive and performing prime.
The Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band has added a number of new members to its pipe section, including Michael Grey,but Nicholson said that reports of Gordon Walker joining are not true, as the renowned solo piper ultimately decided that he could not fit it into his schedule.