Reviewer: Matthew Forrest
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been performing their unique mix of traditional Scottish music blended with indie and rock classics for well over 15 years now, like another of Scotland’s major exports… Whiskey: the traditionalists out there love a fine malt whiskey, While turning their noses up at some of the fine blends which are out there…..well for my money the RHCP could certainly win over die-hard traditionalists of both genres of music.
Arriving on stage, the band instantly have the audience members at the Quays Theatre up on their feet and it’s an energy that continues throughout the two-hour performance: so much so that at several moments throughout the night I could feel the theatre floor moving beneath my feet!
As expected, the set-list includes some classic Rock standards including; ZZ Tops, Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls. However, there are few curve balls in there as well such as Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars and Coldplay’s Fix You. They are undoubtedly a very gifted group of musicians: one of the band’s two drummers, Grant Cassidy is a nine-time snare drumming world champion, a high water mark of the talent on display here. The song choices are all solid choices showing each musicians skills both individually and collectively. For me, the most noticeable aspect of the show was how much fun the band seemed to have and they never took themselves seriously: they were having a ball on stage which certainly rubbed off on the audience.
There are a few quibbles with the show: some of the more traditional tunes and their own compositions go unnamed so you may find it difficult to find a particular piece of music. Overall this is a good show, not a concert or gig, a show complete with great lighting, a spot of humour and musicianship of the highest order.
Following the interval, the band show how diverse they are with covers of 90’s dance classic Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory and something a bit more modern with Avicii’s Wake Up. But it is their versions of Van Halen’s Jump and a barn storming up temo Auld Lang Syne that steals the show.
As one of the band’s album title states, this is Music for the Kilted Generation: well pass me my tartan, Sporran and some Buckfast because I’m all in for that.
Reviewed 29 April 2017 | Image: Contributed