Debut album release
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!