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Bagpipers and Drummers Launch New Album

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Barefoot bagpipers and drummers launch new album

City of Brisbane Pipe Band, a local Brisbane community band, has just launched their second album, Barefoot Through Brisbane.

 

Named after the band’s signature piping tune and title track, Barefoot includes a broad mix of genres, including folk covers of classic rock songs like ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and traditional Scottish and Celtic favourites – yes, we’ve included every piper’s most dreaded request, ‘Amazing Grace’ – featuring pipes, drums and brass.

 

Tracks were recorded in various locations around Brisbane City, and mixed and produced locally thanks to a Queensland Gambling Fund grant.

 

All proceeds from the album’s sale will go towards supporting this local group’s future activities and performances, helping to keep Brisbane’s cultural offerings vibrant and diverse.

 

The album is dedicated to piping veteran Charles Elliott, who has been an enthusiastic and active band member for more than 45 years. Charlie plays a number of solos and sings on the album, and is the glue that holds the band together.

 

City of Brisbane Pipe Band is a not-for-profit community group that was formed in 1950, and proudly wears the McNeill of Barra tartan in honour of its founding and long-serving Pipe Major, Ian McNeill. The band plays a number of gigs for the community each year, and is an active part of the local piping community, competing in Grade 4 at competitions up and down Australia’s east coast.

 

Led by current Pipe Major Peter Hurwood and Drum Sergeant David Spotswood, the band has around 20 active pipers and drummers, and were joined on this CD by guest artists Pipe Major Wayne Kennedy, Sunnybank Brass, and a specially formed ceilidh band featuring jazz vocalist Merinda Dias-Jayasinha.

 

Media contact for more info: contact Camille at camillelayt@gmail.com or on 0404 071 686.

 

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Celtic Festival 2017

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Great weekend at the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes, including a prize winning performance (2nd place) by the COB quintet featuring Pipe Major Peter Hurwood, Pipe Sergeant Charles Elliott, Piper Steve Frame, Drum Sergeant David Spotswood and bass drummer Kym Hurwood. Thanks Dominique Cox for the video. https://www.facebook.com/brisbanepipeband

Great weekend at the Australian Celtic Festival, including a prize winning performance (2nd place) by the COB quintet featuring Pipe Major Peter Hurwood, Pipe Sergeant Charles John Peter Elliott, Piper Steve Frame, Drum Sergeant David Spotswood and bass drummer Kym Hurwood. Thanks Dominique Cox for the video.

Posted by City of Brisbane Pipe Band on Sunday, 7 May 2017

 

Youtube about The City of Brisbane Pipe Band

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Back in 2013 the Brisbane City Council were making videos of community bands. This was the article/ interview and video about our band – it gives a great picture of our band!

Band Events

Monday, May 29th, 2017

2017 began with a fabulous little Burns Supper at the president’s mansion in Nundah. Band members contributed music, food and drink and we all had a great time remembering the life of the Bard and partying. The party abruptly ended when Spotty and the pipe sergeant began to sing sea shanties.

Next in February there was a band workshop with tutors from Sydney flying up to teach us new tricks over 2 days at the Kedron Wavell RSL. Both drumming with midsection and snare tutors and piping benefited enormously from the skilled attention from Adam Wishart and his team. It was a great moment when all the participants gathered in the large room at the end of the Sunday tuition and played a few pieces together.

BBC competition. We were a little rusty and came low midfield in 4th grade with reed problems interfering with smooth approach to the march on. Still there were some hopeful signs….

Maclean Highland Gathering , we did really well, with a 5th overall and pipers getting a third place in the MSR. Our Pipe Major Peter was beaming with pleasure. The new drum corps also performed for the first time, and did very well. We have a competing tenor drum section again for the first time in nearly 10 years.

We have had some big marches with St Patrick’s Day, Anzac Day , The Sikh Harvest Festival.

 

Scotland in the Park Band Contest

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This event will be held on Sunday 20th July 2014 at 12 noon

for more details and  the link to the Australian Pipe Band  website please click here