About the Chillis
Winners of the Prime Time BBC One show ‘When Will I Be Famous’ with a blistering set Rock Bagpipes that astounded the viewers and critics!
“The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are sassy, sexy and hugely entertaining. They are enormously talented musicians who are so skilled they make it all look effortless. This album stirs the blood and will enliven any party.” – Lorraine Kelly
“Bag Rocks! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are great live performers with passion and enthusiasm that has captivated the world – great ambassadors for Scotland. I’m a fan!” – The Duke of Argyll
“It’s a unique musical experience” – Max Clifford
Since they performed with The Darkness on T in the Park’s legendary Main Stage in 2004 and walked away with the top prize on UK BBC One primetime TV talent show, ‘When Will I Be Famous’ in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes!
Taking their signature ‘Bagrock’ to the masses, The ‘Chillis’ have fast become a global phenomenon, rocking farflung shores from Beijing to New York and everywhere in between.
Their first CD with REL Records ‘Bagrock to the Masses’ achieved platinum sales in Scotland and was the highest selling CD from a Scottish record company in 2007. 2008 saw the band record a brand new live DVD and album entitled BLAST! The Chillis showcased the addition of brand new elements The Chilli Dancers and The Horn Supremacy which cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around.
Featuring the classic Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound – a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems – ‘Bagrock’ includes the likes of ‘Clocks’ by Coldplay, Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and a rock medley of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’ and AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’. ‘Flower of Scotland’ and ‘The Hills of Argyll’ get a look in too, Chilli style of course!
Responsible for the phenomenon of bag rock are the Chilli’s founding member and musical director Stuart Cassells, who as well as rocking all over the world in recent years, was the recipient of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2005 and the first person to gain a degree in bagpipes from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Joining Stuart and proving that three pipers are always better than one, are Grade 1 pipers Kevin MacDonald and Willie Armstrong. Twice world champion snare drummer Steven Graham and Malcolm McEwan make up the band’s percussion section with back up from rock ‘n’ roll drummer Steven Black.
Completing the line up are the youngest Chilli, Chris Russell on keyboards and Gregor James (otherwise known as The G-Man) on guitar.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have headlined huge festivals, packed out famous venues and performed at the biggest of corporate events.
Putting a modern spin on incredible piping and astounding drumming with an emphasis on showing off and putting on a show guaranteed to amaze any audience; The Red Hot Chilli Pipers really are a genuinely unique experience.
IT’S THE NEW JOCK AND ROLL!!!!!!!