October 02, 1997
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band, with a cast
and crew of more than 60, is taking its Pipin ' Hot show
on the road.
Following four successful concerts in Invercargill and
Gore, the unique
blend of pipe band, rock, vocals and dance will make its
debut in Dunedin's Regent Theatre on Sunday, October 19.
Producer Christine Hainstock said she was not aware of
anything like this touring in New Zealand before. All
going well in Dunedin, a tentative booking has also been
made for the Theatre Royal in Christchurch in early December.
About 1300 people saw the show in Invercargill and another
700 in Gore and the feedback had been marvellous, she
"I have had nothing but good comments. It's introducing
a lot more people to bagpipe music and they're really
"By combining the bagpipes and the rock, it's creating
a whole new audience and exposing the audience to aspects
of bagpipe music and rock music that they didn't know
The vocals and dance married the themes, creating something
unique for Southland and possibly New Zealand, Mrs Hainstock
"It's just so completely different and that's what
we have to get across to the public."
The high-budget show also features special effects and
lighting. Guest artists include last year's Showcase finalists
Shannon Cooper-Garland and Jason Schmidt.
The band has the ambitious goal of filling the 1800-seat
winning over even more people who were previously indifferent
to pipe band music.
Tickets went on sale this week and are available from
Ticketek in Dunedin.