Red Hot Chilli Pipers
"The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are sassy, sexy and hugely
entertaining. They are
enormously talented musicians who are so skilled they make
it all look effortless. This album stirs the blood and will
enliven any party.
- Lorraine Kelly
"Bag Rocks! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are great live
performers with passion and enthusiasm that has captivated
the world - great ambassadors for Scotland. I'm a fan!"
The Duke of Argyll
"It's a unique musical experience"
Since they performed with The Darkness on T
in the Park's legendary Main Stage in 2004 and walked away
with the top prize on UK primetime TV talent show, 'When
Will I Be Famous' in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven't
stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes!
Taking their signature 'bag rock' to the
masses, The Chilli's have fast become a global phenomenon,
rocking far flung shores from Bangkok to New York and
everywhere in between.
As well as embarking on more international
adventures, 2008 saw the band record a brand new live DVD
and album entitled BLAST! (released on 27th October 2008 on
REL Records) The Chillis have also been honing their stage
performance with the addition of brand new elements which
will leave fans desperate for more and cement their
reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around.
Achieving platinum sales in Scotland, the
Chilli's debut album, 'Bagrock To The
Masses' has sold over 50,000 copies so far
(this the highest from any act on a Scottish label in 2007)
and received plays from the likes of Chris Evans (Radio 2),
Chris Moyles (Radio 1) and Bruce Dickinson on his 'Masters
of Rock' show (Radio 2).
Featuring the classic Red Hot Chilli Pipers
sound - a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary
anthems - 'Bagrock' includes the likes of 'Clocks' by
Coldplay, Queen's 'We Will Rock You' and a rock medley of
Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's
'Thunderstruck'. 'Flower of Scotland' and 'The Hills of
Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course!
Responsible for the phenomenon of bag rock
are the Chilli's founding member and musical director Stuart
Cassells, who as well as rocking all over the world in
recent years, was the recipient of the BBC Radio Scotland
Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2005 and the first
person to gain a degree in bagpipes from the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama.
Joining Stuart and proving that three pipers
are always better than one, are Grade 1 pipers Kevin
MacDonald and Willie Armstrong. Twice world champion snare
drummer Steven Graham and Malcolm McEwan make up the band's
percussion section with back up from rock 'n' roll drummer
Completing the line up are the youngest
Chilli and new kid on the block Chris Russell on keyboards
and Gregor James (otherwise known as The G-Man) on guitar.
Known for his funky riffs as well as a passion for all
things electro, the G-Man spices things up by adding his own
unique twist to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers' live shows.
In 2008 alone the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have
performed to capacity crowds at Bercy
Arena, Paris; HebCeltFest, Stornoway; The
Wickerman Festival, Dumfries; L'orient
Interceltique Festival in Breton and Loopallu
Festival in Ullapool and with appearances in Dubai, USA,
Canada, Germany and France already in the diary, 2009 is set
for even bigger helpings of Chilli Piper magic!
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