Sail away with Celtica – Pipes Rock! on their new CD Oceans of Fire!
reviewed by Ann Peck McBride
Right away, you are invited on a special voyage, via a poem delivered with Scots panache. If you listen to the words, the adventure will be read more
The seventeen cuts on the CD mostly continue the voyage you have embarked on. “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor,” a rowdy rendition of an old time favorite, and later, with “Have Some Whiskey,” you’ll find yourself getting into the spirit as you metaphorically sit on deck with your grog, singing along. The theme carries through with the traditional sound of “Champion of the Seas” and titles like “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”, “Aye, Aye, Captain” and “White Whale” and ending, appropriately with “Coming Home.” My favorite of these is “The Last Voyage of the Great Micheal,” a driving instrumental with pipes and guitar blazing in tandem.
Oh-and one departure from the “ship” that is sure to please is called “Celtica Goes To Hollywood” and is five minutes or so of the Celtica take on themes from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, and of course, Pirates of the Carribbean.
The music is rock, and the lead instrument is bagpipe. Specifically Great Highland Bagpipe, a powerful and exciting sound combined with guitar and bass and the brilliant Lukas Rausch on drums. The members of this group come from all around the globe-from California and Arizona to Scotland and Austria. Duncan Knight of Scotland, who plays Great Highland Bagpipe, has played with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots and the Royal Scots Borderers, and has played the pipes since the age of ten. Gwendolyn Rowe from Mendocino, California, who also plays bagpipe, breeds and trains Scottish Highland ponies and owns a watertower in Scotland. The bass player, Harry Weinkum is from Phoenix, Arizona, and the remaining three members, Josy Svajda on keyboards and percussion, Gajus Stappen on guitar, and Lukas Rausch on drums, are from Austria. It’s an eclectic group, and I wish I could see their live show, which includes flame throwing and fire juggling! They just completed their USA Spring Tour, however, and are currently touring Europe. They will be back in July, however, and visiting the Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina. Slightly closer to home, but only slightly, will be June 29th, when they will be in Anchorage for the Alaska Highland Games.
Gajus Stappen (Vienna, Austria), electric Guitar & Percussion
Gwendolen Rowe (Mendocino, CA/USA), Great Highland Bagpipe
Duncan Knight (Edinburgh, Scotland), Great Highland Bagpipe
Harry Weinkum (Phoenix, AZ/USA), Bass & Percussion
Lukas Rausch (Scheibbs, Austria), Drums
Josy Svajda (Saalfelden, Austria), Fire, Vocals, Keyboard & Percussion
Original review: http://67music.net/reviews/celtica-pipes-rock/