The Influence Of Modern Scottish Music

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Modern Scottish Music and its Influences
Scottish music makes one think of bagpipes, men in kilts and the ever-present question: is there anything on under that kilt? That question will go unanswered. Instead, the music tradition will be discovered. Are there any outside influences responsible for changes in the music? Something else to consider is the geography of the country. The mainland country of Scotland is considered a part of the island of Great Britain. The north-west region of Scotland is considered the Highlands, because of the “Highland Boundary Fault, which runs from Arran to Stonehaven” (Murray, 1973). The south-eastern region of Scotland is considered the Lowlands. There are areas in the Highlands that are only accessible by
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The first group should naturally be a bagpiping group, no? The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were founded in 2002 by Stuart Cassells. He was the first man to get a degree in bagpipes from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, also known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a band made up of bagpipes, keyboards, guitarists, and drummers. The pipers in the band make up some of the best, highest level pipers in the world. Together they have created a distinctive sound of bagpiping called ‘bagrock’ which is a combination of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary rock music. The release date of their first album was in 2005 and since that time they have released 8 more albums. The band has seen some turnover in members, but is still very active. This last September was a big month for them. On September 9th, they released their first official music video and on the 10th they released a charity single (Pipers, 2016). The music video takes place in an elementary school and the students end up taking over the places of the band members. The charity single is called ‘343 The Fallen’ that is a tribute to the 343 firefighters from New York that sacrificed their life during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers in 2001. Currently the Red Hot Chilli Pipers are on tour in the United Kingdom until the end of the year and in March of 2017 they will be in the eastern United States touring. Another influential musician from Scotland, is Emma Pollock. She has been performing for over 20 years and has founded a few bands throughout her years in the industry. The band that gets the credit for paving the way for Scottish indie pop is The Delgados. The group stayed together for just over 10 years, but in the 10 years that they were together they created a label and a studio together. When the band split up in 2005 they agreed that they would still be active with the label

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