Pipin' Hot

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
New Zealand's Pipin' Hot is a contemporary pipe band combining traditional melodies and bag-pipe standards with rock, world, and new age instrumentation. So while opener "When the Pipers Play" is guided by the surging melody and soaring vocals of Shannon Cooper-Garland, the instrumental "Busindre Reel" ambitiously crosses a chorus of bag pipes with dance beats and hissing synthesizers, and turns toward pop pacing that mix with the traditional reel. While fusionists such as Afro-Celt Sound System and Martyn Bennett often get caught up in the more exotic flavors of DJ culture and hip-hop, Pipin' Hot seems happy to draw from the more middle-of-the-road sounds of contemporary...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
New Zealand's Pipin' Hot is a contemporary pipe band combining traditional melodies and bag-pipe standards with rock, world, and new age instrumentation. So while opener "When the Pipers Play" is guided by the surging melody and soaring vocals of Shannon Cooper-Garland, the instrumental "Busindre Reel" ambitiously crosses a chorus of bag pipes with dance beats and hissing synthesizers, and turns toward pop pacing that mix with the traditional reel. While fusionists such as Afro-Celt Sound System and Martyn Bennett often get caught up in the more exotic flavors of DJ culture and hip-hop, Pipin' Hot seems happy to draw from the more middle-of-the-road sounds of contemporary pop or new age music for inspiration. Cooper-Garland returns for "Calypso," which begins as an adult contemporary snoozer only to build toward an epic finish that features pipes, the fiddle of accompanist Sheena Naughton, and a variation on yodeling by the vocalist. Sometimes the contemporary influences can outpace the traditional; "Bells of Dunblane," for example, is formlessly vague until the pipes open up on the melody. Likewise, the Celtic new age of the theme to "Last of the Mohicans" soars with the usual keyboard star streams and Uillean pipe calls, doing little to distinguish itself. The band does a much better job with a lively rock arrangement of "Over the Hills and Far Away," which is filled with percussion, fiddle, and organ and features rousing duet vocals. Pipin' Hot also features a version of "My Heart Will Go On" that, while not as stirring as Celine Dion's original and in line with the numerous versions of the song that followed the film's unprecedented success, is nevertheless made powerful by the fleet of pipers. Pipin' Hot doesn't make music for the global dance community, nor does it cater exclusively to fans of Celtic-tinged new age. Instead, it tries to balance all of these influences on a foundation of bag pipes, which, in the end, are its greatest asset. The experiment doesn't always work, but it should be interesting for listeners that like exploring new horizons while keeping an eye on tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Klub Records Ltd.
  • UPC: 611454110520
  • Catalog Number: 1105

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pipin' Hot Primary Artist
Faye Brown Drums
Ann Patterson Pipe
Matt Ward Drums
Sonny Williams Guitar
Dave Lindsay Voices
John Reid Drums
Gregg Lindsay Pipe, Soloist
Jason Schmidt Vocals
Ismay Wilson Drums
Reuben Boniface Pipe
Bradley Sygamore Drums
Richard Christie Pipe
Shannon Cooper Garland Keyboards, Vocals
Helen Copland Drums
Peter Skerrett Bass
P. Ballantine Pipe, Voices, Soloist
P. Copland Pipe, Voices
P. Haggerty Pipe, Voices, Soloist
Royden Brown Pipe
D Mogey Drums, Voices
Mervyn Gunn Pipe
Aaron Ives Drums
Bryan Johnstone Pipe
Craig Johnstone Drums
Kerryn Johnstone Pipe
Brad MacClure Acoustic Guitar
Heidi McKeagg Drums
Trevor Morton Pipe
Sheena Naughton Fiddle
Andrae Peipi Drums
D Pickett Pipe, Soloist
Benny Morton Drums
Technical Credits
Dougie MacLean Composer
John Denver Composer
Gary Moore Composer
Patrick King Composer
James Horner Composer
Gordon Duncan Composer
Paul McGeechan Remastering
Gavin Sutherland Composer
Robert Mathieson Composer
Robert Mayes Producer, Engineer
Ulli Roever Composer
Scott Skinner Composer
Traditional Composer
City of Invercargill Coledonian Pipe Band Contributor
Peter Skerrett Director
Brad MacClure Composer
D Pickett Director
Terry Trower Composer
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