De­but al­bum re­lease

The Oban Times - - 10 Letters -

This Fri­day, as part of Pip­ing Live, one of the most ex­cit­ing acts on the trad mu­sic scene are launch­ing their de­but al­bum, Up­surge, in The Art School, Scott Street, at Fri­day Night Folk. The Scott Wood Band (which started out as a trio with Scott on pipes and whis­tles, Mhairi Mackin­non on Fid­dle, and Ron Jappy on Acous­tic Guitar) are just back from Switzer­land and Scott him­self has toured all over the world with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Be­fore their slot at Sk­er­ryvore Decade in May, Stu­art Cas­sells (with­out hint of bias for his fel­low chilli piper!) re­ferred to Scott in front of the 6,000 strong crowd as the best piper in the world – a dan­ger­ous state­ment con­sid­er­ing all the other pipers from other bands lurk­ing back­stage at the time!

On Fri­day, the band will be per­form­ing as a spe­cial 11 piece line-up in­clud­ing: vir­tu­oso elec­tric gui­tarist, Davie Dun­smuir, pro­ducer Calum MacCrim­mon, and the same string quar­tet who laid it down on the record. Also on the bill are the Ar­magh Pipers- Club and Mary Jane La­mond and Wendy MacIsaac.

Re­leased on Oak Ridge Records, Up­surge was recorded in Fe­bru­ary 2015 dur­ing five days at Castle­sound Stu­dios in Pen­cait­land near Ed­in­burgh. Con­tain­ing pri­mar­ily their own Scot­tish styled com­po­si­tions, in­flu­ences of Jazz, Pop, Rock and World can be heard through­out – cre­at­ing a unique and fresh sound for the bag­pipes.

Pro­ducer Calum ( Bre­abach and Man’s Ruin), in­sisted on record­ing the al­bum in a live set­ting, to cap­ture the raw per­for­mance energy of the band. No stone has been left un­turned in the pro­duc­tion of this al­bum. Scott even trav­elled to Michigan to wit­ness the record be­ing mixed by one of his big­gest idols and sonic mas­ter­mind, Tyler Dun­can (the ol­l­lam, Ella Riot). I, for one, am very ex­cited to hear it!

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