|"Juggling the instruments
of his trade"
The Southland Times
July 04, 2000
Invercargill musician Brad MacClure will juggle
three different instruments when he makes his Pipin'
Hot debut later this month.
The City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band's
annual Celtic rock production opens at Invercargill's
Civic Theatre on July 19 for a seven-show season.
will play in all but one act, jumping between keyboard,
acoustic guitar and mandolin_sometimes all within the
prefessional training consists of one year at Central
Southland College after-school music classes as a 12-year-old
and he is now something of a jack-of-all-trades.
think I'm a guitarist who plays piano and keyboards. Mandolin
is just a recent thing."
qualified piano tuner, MacClure owns a music shop in Invercargill.
He has previously been an itinerant music teacher.
plays in four bands.
Weapon is a covers band playing rock and roll; Little
Green Men is a two-piece playing Irish pub songs, "good
for rugby dos"; Reelfolk is a barn dance band that
"only comes out once or twice or three times a year,
but it's a good band"; and Weasel in the Dyke is
a five-piece ascoustic "Celtic-folky, jigs and reels
and a few songs in there type band."
The Pogues-style Irish pub songs with his sons James and
Leon kicked off his interest in Celtic music five years
went on to more mature music and I stayed where I was,"
Hot had given him the chance to play the style of music
he enjoyed_tunes by Celtic groups such as Capercallie,
Wolfstone and Runrig.
said he had hoped to play in Pipin' Hot for some time
and was enjoying the lead-up_even if it meant long rehearsals.
really, really tiring but it's starting to come together
nicely," he said.