Pipin' Hot

Pipin' Hot

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Pipin' Hot

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Klub Records Ltd.
UPC: 0611454110520
catalogNumber: 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
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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