The Southland Times
July 20, 2000
Civic Theatre in Invercargill was rocking last night and
it may well
still be trembling this morning.
The City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band'sPipin'
Hot 4 took the stage last night for its opening show and
this year the mix is perfect.
The sound of the pipes stirs most who hear it. Few people
are ambivalent about them _ either love them or hate them.
The audience at the Civic Theatre last night just loved
Scottish-trained fiddler Sheena McNaughton stole the show
with an amazing performance, despite having cut the end
of one of her fingers off last week.
McNaughton and Pipe Corporal Derek Ballantine were amazing
together, but so were McNaughton and Pipe Major David
Pickett accompanying the Pipin ' Hot dancers, who were
as spectacular as ever.
Jason Schmidt and Shannon Cooper-Garland produced their
usual polished performance and soprano Sue Patterson was
outstanding in her first show with the pipe band.
Another newcomer to the show this year was Brad McClure
playing keyboards, mandolin and acoustic guitar.
If the producers have any sense at all they will ensure
this is definitely not his last show.
Snare drummer Steve Wederell strolled on to the stage
looking like he had lost a Harley and enthralled the crowd
with his dynamic performance.
It is great to see three young drummers coming on under
Brass band members, students from the Southern Institute
of Technology performing arts school including two more
members of the Schmidt family and a stunning backing band
rounded out a great night.
If there was one niggle it was the fancy lighting effects.
They proved more of a distraction than anything else.
This show is so good it doesn't need trickery to hold