One of the highly anticipated Piping Live 2015 events was the launch of the Scott Wood band’s debut album - Upsurge. Scott is a young piper from Glasgow who plays with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, but has also made his name as one of traditional music’s most exciting solo performers. A good crowd turned up in the Art School to witness the popular band launch their first album. They were treated first of all to a set from the Armagh Pipers’ Club, then Cape Breton Gaelic singer, Mary Jane Lamond, took to the stage. Mary Jane was accompanied by Wendy MacIsaac on fiddle and backing vocals – who also impressed the audience with a couple of tune sets. Morar’s Ross Martin accompanied them both on the guitar. The crowd, of course, had all been waiting on The Scott Wood Band, and were not disappointed when he took the stage with a massive 11 piece lineup – enhanced by a string quartet who played on the album, Calum MacCrimmon (who produced the album), and Davie Dunsmuir – one of the very best electric guitarists in the country. The band played mostly tracks from Upsurge and, if the crowd’s reaction to the sets is anything to go by, the album will prove very popular indeed!