May 17, 2001
As theatre, Pipin' Hot 5 is pretty good. As a showcase
of southern musicianship, it works. And as raw entertainment,
it's a winner.
the premiere last night hundreds of Southlanders relished
the sound of the pipes and drums of the City of Invercargill
Caledonian Pipe Band and company.
theme was Voyages and the set represents the deck of sailing
ship bringing Scottish settlers on a tough passage to
format retains the blend of pipes, drums, backing band,
solo instruments, singers and dancers but this year there
was a more even mix, which would appeal to a wider audience.
directors David Pickett and Peter Skerrett have excelled
themselves with arrangements that create a mix of pipes
and electronics that swell to a huge sound.
impressive were Brad MacClure on a range of instruments
including keyboards, Sheena Naughton on fiddle, singer
and guitarist Jason Schmidt, and Shannon Cooper-Garland
and Amy Morton doing vocals.
no doubt that the true crowd favourite was the pipe band.
is what they came to see and hear for the fifth year -
and they certainly weren't disappointed.