"rant (rant) n. boisterous or riotous merry-making" (The Concise Scots Dictionary). This new release lives up to the Scots dictionary's definition, featuring the energy of the Grade One City of Washington Pipe Band and the grace of Scottish fiddler, Bonnie Rideout, praised as "An extremely talented fiddler with a true empathy for the wild and gentle moods of Gaelic music." Folkroots (U.K.). Together they celebrate and perform highland bagpipe music from Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and North America in innovative new arrangements including small ensembles with solo pipes, small-pipes, drums, fiddle, viola, cittern, guitar, dombek, and bodhran.
Just how do the Scots define a "rant"? According to one dictionary, it's a form of "boisterous and riotous merry-making," and thus would seem an apt title for a new recording by the City of Washington Pipe Band and champion Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout. Turns out, it is--at least part of the time.
The pairing of Rideout with the CWPB--an award-winning pipe band and drum corps, 26 members strong--certainly generates plenty of spirit, especially when the troupe infuses a surprising variety of tunes with all the rhythmic drive and vitality it can muster. Whether opening ears with a set of Spanish reels and jigs or sticking closer to home with the Congressional Reel Set, the sound of Rideout and the CWPB, alone or together, often makes for inspired ranting.
Yet by the time the third track, Amazing Grace, rolls around, it's clear these musicians are capable of playing deeply soulful music as well. In fact, among the highlights here are Mist Covered Mountains, a melancholy air performed at President John F. Kennedy's funeral, and Dunblane, an elegiac ballad inspired by the 1996 massacre of 16 Scottish schoolchildren and one teacher. Moving and heart felt, these performances are among the reasons why Scottish Rant doesn't merely live up to its title, it ultimately transcends it .
~ Mike Joyce for The Washington Post
- Asturian Reels and Jigs (3:33)
- Congressional Reel Set (2:30)
- Amazing Grace (2:25)
- Medley (5:36)
- Solo Jig and Hornpipes (3:14)
- 9/8 Marches (3:26)
- Dunblane (4:59)
- The Recruits (2:12)
- Jigs (2:28)
- Competition Set (5:13)
- Mist Covered Mountains (1:50)
- Old Reels (4:15)
- Marching Reels (1:33)
- Scotland the Brave (1:30)
Mike Green ~ Pipe Major
Charlie Glendinning ~ Pipe Sergeant
Jon Quigg ~ Drum Sergeant
Tim Carey, Vic Frank , Paula Glendinning , Peter Hall, Chris Hamilton , Don Kelemen , Peter Kent, Charles McKee, Ken McKeveny, Brian Meagher , Mike Rogers , Jim Ryan, John Wassman , John Whyte ~ Pipers
Matt Bell, Bill Burdette , Alex Kuldell , Gavin Lindsay, Kirk MacLean, Harry Meade , Brian Nugent , Margaret Peng , Peter VanderPoel ~ Drummers
Bonnie Rideout ~ violin & viola
Robin Bullock ~ cittern & guitar
Paddy League ~ bodhran & dombek
Producer: Bonnie Rideout
Executive Producer: Maggie Sansone