Bands Kick into Life: News from Scottish Power/ SFU/ Field Marshal

Scottish Power Pipe Band restart their practices from Monday January 9 with a number of new players in the ranks. The band, led by P/M Chris Armstrong and Leading Drummer Jake Jørgensen, have announced that music from last year’s ‘Revolution’ concert in Aberdeen have been made available for free. The band is pictured on stage at the concert in the picture above.

Commenting on the band’s latest release, Pipe Major Chris Armstrong said, ‘I am very keen for everyone to be able to listen to and enjoy (for free) all these concert sets that were recorded live on the night. We were delighted to have join us on stage some very talented musicians and these recordings now capture all that and make for a fitting reminder of an excellent evening up in Aberdeen.

‘The concert was streamed ‘live’ over Facebook on the night in a first for us and this latest upload is another opportunity for us to continue sharing our material. I really hope everyone enjoys these tracks just as much as we enjoyed playing them on the night.’

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally created sounds. Click link to – REVOLUTION TRACKS.

Over on the west coast of Canada SFU are gearing up for their annual Burns Night:  ‘SFU Pipe Band – Robbie Burns Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction by Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. Tickets $80; Date and time:  Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 6:00 PM – Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 12:00 AM PST Location: Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Coquitlam, 405 North Road, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9

Here are P/M Alan Bevan and the team in action at last year’s event:

Still with Burns, the Ulster-Scots Agency and Ulster Orchestra have announced that Field Marshal Montgomery will be joining the performers on stage at their Burns Concert 2017. The blurb reads:
‘Field Marshal Montgomery has won a total of 65 major championships, namely 15 Scottish Championships, 12 British Championships, 12 European Championships, 11 World Championships, 12 Cowal Championships and all three editions to date of the United Kingdom Championships and are widely held to be at the pinnacle of the piping world.

‘With the concert due to be recorded by the BBC, and singer Emily Smith also returning to join the celebrations at Burns Night, this will be a concert not to be missed! This fantastic night of music, dance and song, the sixth the Ulster Orchestra has hosted with support from the Ulster-Scots Agency awaits you on at 7.45pm on Saturday January 21 2017 in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. Tickets are priced from £15.00 to £30.00 and are available from the Waterfront Hall Box Office on (028) 9033 4455 or online. ‘

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Only five weeks to go!