The Southland Times
July 07, 1997
concert was billed as "Pipin Hot" but the City
Caledonian Pipe Band was smokin' last night.
Now I admit to being biased, my maiden name was Campbell,
but Invercargill has always produced good pipe band music
and last night's concert was no exception.
By the last set the audience was all but doing the highland
fling in the
The organisers offered up a varied programme from the
lilting voices of Julie Smith and Elizabeth Gunn to the
crashing beat of the drummers.
Southland is lucky to have some top class pipers and none
more so than Pipe Major David Pickett.
Sparks were literally flying from his fingers as he duelled
McMillan and Warren Haggerty for musical supremacy in
Hell Bound Train.
Julie Smith has a magic voice and she had the great aunties
reaching for their hankies when she sung Belfast Child.
Her duet with Elizabeth Gunn, Fare Thee Well stirred just
as many emotions.
The drummers seemed to stitch the show together and it
was a delight to see so many young faces in the band.
Guest artists Shannon Cooper-Garland and Jason Schmidt
were very polished but a little bit incongruous with the
rest of the concert.
The Caberfeidh Dancers sent the dust flying and with the
rise of Celtic dancing some could have careers on the
But it was senior piper Neil McMillan who stole the show
with his rendition of Highland Cathedral. He played with
such deep feeling for a song which pays tribute to the
gallant men whose bravery shaped a nation, that even the
world weary reviewer had a lump in her throat.
The concert was a real winner and the band will make admirable
ambassadors for Southland when the travel to Kumaguya