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Another rockin' triumph
do you improve on perfection?.
do you come up with something new every year to keep audiences
the Pipin' Hot team manages to do both.
seven of the celtic rock show on Friday and Saturday nights
at the Stadium Southland was yet another triumph for the
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band and guest performers,
notably Suzanne Prentice and Neil Chilton.
were some minor flaws and I did worry that some of the oldies
in the audience would find it too loud.
by act two, either someone had turned it down slightly or
my ears had become numbed to the decibels.
band's opening number, The Gael was simply brilliant, a
spectacle on a set full of atmosphere.
the pipers and drummers continued to nail it every time
they showed on stage the rest of the night.
took a few songs to get warmed up but when he did the result
was worthy of a rave review.
handling of U2's Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
and Steve Earles' Copperhead Road were just two examples
of his top-notch capabilities. Prentice was applauded just
for walking on and, as expected, sang faultlessly, as did
what Pipin' Hot show would be complete without the incredibly
talented fiddler Sheena Naughton.
do have some criticisms - musical director and stunning
guitarist Craig Allot should have sung more than one song
and the drumming corps should have done an encore.
there was some way those highland dancers could have been
included in every number, they should have done that, too.
this was a rocker, edgier Pipin' Hot than previous years.
of it were probably a bit of a gamble but it paid off handsomely.
The Southland Times