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August 10, 2023
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The Red-Hot Chilli Pipers bring their act into Flagler Auditorium Tuesday evening.Within Celtic tradition, also on solemn occasions there’s constantly a sense of liveliness. Think “Danny Boy” at funerals. And those cascades of alcohol. And the ones bagpipes, which are played on funerals of usa service members for a reason—including contacts to Scottish martial record and the undeniable fact that many Irish immigrants throughout the 1800s had been forced to take dangerous tasks, often as firemen and policemen. (In Flagler County, Palm Coast Fireman Patrick Juliano leads their own band of bagpipers, showing up at many solemn and not-so-solemn events throughout every season.)

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How about on really raucous events? Would it not appear strange to assume your favorite rock or contemporary classics, songs like “Don’t avoid Believing” by Journey, “Clocks” by Coldplay, or ACDC’s “Thunderstruck, ” played on bagpipes? Or might you believe: the reason why performedn’t anyone consider this sooner? Anyway, the unique stylistic mash up is shutting the Gaelic divide involving the Scottish Highlands therefore the Flagler Auditorium Tuesday evening (Feb. 24), by means of a nine-member band of kilt-wearing artists from Uk Isles calling themselves the Red-Hot Chilli Pipers, a clear pun on United states rock-band.

“It’s a combo of bagpipes and rock and roll music that we’ve mashed together and call ‘bagrock, ’ So we simply take a four-minute song, and do a little classic stone along side some Scottish or Irish jigs in it, ” says Kevin MacDonald, the team’s manager. The group will perform about 25 pieces in a two-hour tv show. The Pipers in addition spend homage to Queen, John Mayer, ZZ Top as well as others.

MacDonald, one of many original five members, acknowledges that a couple of their particular songs have been played on bagpipes before, but “it was us just who actually took it to the next level and expanded the category.”

Bagpipes started appearing in European art and iconography since the next millennium. They’re discussed in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written around 1380. Initial taped use within the Scottish Highlands is said to will be in a French history discussing all of them during the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547. But age is not determinism.

“once we had been about 21 or 22, we just believed there’s reached become more you can do with a normal instrument, ” MacDonald claims. Next rational idea was to “play some rock covers on the bagpipes, and sorts of try anything brand new. It did actually blast people’s imagination and our very own imagination and, once you start on a path and also you try to find new approaches to increase it, that is exactly what we’ve done over 10 years.” (The band had been formed in 2002.)

Gary O’Hagan, another musical organization user claims, “Different people when you look at the band have actually different methods while creating our ‘Bagrock’ noise. I love to get a hold of a favorite tune and find out in case it is feasible to relax and play it on the bagpipes. The bagpipes in fact only have the capacity to play nine notes, so we can’t play most of the songs that we’d love to. Then I usually like to keep carefully the chorus from the bagpipes and then integrate a traditional pipe track into where in fact the verse would normally be.”

Only about half the tracks are tributes. The others tend to be “traditional piping” with stone music supplying the backing. The piper’s top selling album is 2010’s “Music for Kilted Generation, ” a parody regarding the 1990s album because of the Uk digital wedding ring “Prodigy, ” “Music when it comes to Jilted Generation.”

Concerning operating the homonymic coattails of Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the best-selling categories of all time, “That had been an accident, in fact, ” MacDonald claims. One of several men within the team had been painting their apartment together with gf one-day, after the initial five had currently selected a name, he claims. Their gf, really misreading the name, put an album because of the Red-Hot Chili Peppers—whose style can be described as California-style funk rock—in among their bagpipe CD collection. “And title was created, ” MacDonald claims. “As as simple that—with a stroke of genius.”
Whilst the team keeps growing in popularity, because of the almost name-sake, the pipers will hopefully enjoy the opposite error.

While MacDonald is effusive about their team’s music alchemy, like many serendipitous band success tales, all of this seemed unlikely, especially to him. He never believed they’d win when they appeared on “When can i Be Famous, ” the BBC talent program that established the Cilli Pipers in 2007. “With many of these talent shows, a lot of people have annually or 18 months of these so-called 15 minutes of popularity. We’ve been very fortunate there, we’ve continued to build on that during a period of seven many years, this thirty days, ” states MacDonald.

“The actual manner of playing rock music on bagpipes is quite direct, it's actually the standard of the musicianship that probably establishes us apart, ” MacDonald states. “The real coming up of ideas isn’t extremely complicated. We developed some thing brand-new, together with snowball result only kept getting bigger, bigger, and larger.” Almost like the abstract motion of art, he says, “somebody produces anything, it appears to function, additionally the appeal because of it generally seems to keep on going. For us, it is ensuring the quality of musicianship is always here to types of support the new some ideas.”

Of everyone a part of the musical organization (the musical organization has grown to employ about 30 individuals), they’ve all played towards the top level, MacDonald claims, whether it's those playing bagpipe or another tool. Additionally they use guitars, keyboards, drums. Steven Graham is a seven time world champ snare drummer. They also have four levels included in this through the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of musical and Drama.
O’Hagan states he liked music in general, specially the seventies rockband Queen, before he found their love for their ancestral tool. Yet these days he discovers himself ensconced to a diploma in an imperialistic aspect of the group’s accent.

“Being Scottish it is necessary in my situation to distribute our music, our culture and our traditions. We reach encounter many different ways of life and cultures once we travel the entire world with this music and thus it's crucial that you us to share my history with your folks.”

The most astonishing audience to try all of them were the Chinese, MacDonald says. But then once again, his methodology is straightforward, solid and universal. “So, regardless of if things really don’t get appropriate, if you smile and you’re having a great time, I quickly believe you’ll winnings many audiences over.”

“The most unique minute of any of our everyday lives, ” MacDonald states, was once they played during the European event in Lyons, France in 2008, equally the main opener. The group took for them very well they were asked back these 12 months to execute their show. “That was initial key moment we realized we’d done something actually spectacular.” He remembered saying at the time, “Man, this really is real. This Is Exactly What a rock celebrity must feel just like.”

The Red-Hot Chilli Pipers come to the Flagler Auditorium for example night only, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 for adults and $28 for youths. To get more admission information, go to the auditorium’s web site.

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