Piper Rankin MacIn­nis headed to the Olympics with DRUM!

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS FOCUS - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT

“I wasn’t re­ally aware of the op­por­tu­nity. It sorta just fell on to my lap,” he said. And he’s re­ally glad it did. “I thor­oughly en­joy it. It’s dif­fer­ent from what I’m used to play­ing. I’m used to ei­ther play­ing in a pipe band or tra­di­tional Cape Bre­ton-style mu­sic where you just play on the stage with pi­ano player and noth­ing fancy,” he said. “So this show part is a new ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s fun. I get more of an adren­a­line boost ... do­ing it be­cause there’s so many more peo­ple de­pend­ing on you, in­stead of you al­ways lead­ing it. It’s been great so far.”

DRUM! is just the lat­est in an im­pres­sive list of ac­com­plish­ments for MacIn­nis. He par­tic­i­pated in the 2006 World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships in Glasgow, Scot­land, with the Gaelic Col­lege Pipe Band, piped for The White Stripes when they came to Glace Bay in 2007, and per­formed in the Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val as a solo artist as well as with such acts as The Chief­tains and Car­los Nunez. He is also cur­rently a pip­ing in­struc­tor at the Gaelic Col­lege.

MacIn­nis and the rest of the DRUM! en­sem­ble will leave for Van­cou­ver Feb. 14 and re­turn Feb. 21 and he’s looking for­ward to ev­ery minute.

“I know we’re go­ing to be play­ing at some point with Buck 65 and that’s go­ing to be some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent than I’ve ever done so that’ll be in­ter­est­ing. I’m looking for­ward to that,” he noted. He also has one other small wish. “I’d love to see hockey but the chances of that are slim. That’s what ev­ery other Cana­dian would love to see,” he said.

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