Up­surge Launch

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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!

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