' Hot is a hearty, satisfying concoction
The Southland Times
December 21, 2001
' Hot City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band, Shannon
Cooper-Garland, Sheena Naughton, Brad MacClure, Jason
Schmidt, Aaron Ives, Peter Skerrett, Sonny Williams Reviewer:
MICHAEL FALLOW THE beauty of the Pipin ' Hot shows that
became such a favourite of southern, then national, then
international audiences, was the bold and adept way they
crossed boundaries, merging traditional and contemporary
rockier and poppier styles in ways that delighted all
but the most purse-lipped purists.
Or so people kept telling me. Never went near the shows
myself. Pipe-band music makes my fillings ache. Not this
time, though. On the evidence of this album, I'm forced
to reconsider my stance. This collection has many virtues
not the least of which is the canny way the pipes are
used to best effect, making dramatic okay, stirring entrances,
often well into the instrumentals and never outstaying
These are tunes you will happily have swirling around
the inside of your head this Christmas, which is just
as well because you mightn't have much choice in the matter,
given the way the disc has been flying out of southern
The rich voice of Shannon Cooper-Garland sets sail on
a trio of
nautically-themed songs; the agreeable single Calypso,
which the producers have dedicated to the late Sir Peter
Blake, Sailing, and the Titanic love theme My Heart Will
Go On which loses its way at the ending, when the arrangement
does not meet the soaring expectations created by the
Celine Dion original.
Ah, but there's simply no resisting Cooper-Garland's performance
in the opening track, When the Pipers Play, which uses
a beautiful old tune some of us remember as either The
Water Is Wide or There Is A Ship. Fiddler Sheena Naughton
enlivens the proceedings with flashes of kinetic energy
and slower, resonant passages. And what a conclusion.
The final track, Gary Moore's Over The Hills And Far Away
comes across as much a party as a performance, sung and
played with vibrant, exultant abandon.
Pipin ' Hot is a hearty, satisfying concoction.