In honour of International Bagpipe Day our pipe band is having a bit of fun bringing some bagpipe spirit to folks - and so I thought I'd add a bit of sources to show where the bagpipes have had impact outside the marching circuit.
Now these are my favourite songs where bagpipes were included, and I've steered clear of any directly celtic bands; otherwise this would become a huge list.
Okay, so let's start out:
I've always liked the sound in this song (using Northumbrian pipes)
Little known fact that Bon Scott actually played in a pipe band when he was young (funny thing was he was a drummer back in those days, yet would learn play them for this song and in concert - I guess you can rehabilitate a drummer). Yeah, I know I didn't put this in #1 like most folks might have, but this is my list.
It wasn't until the Chili Pipers did a bit of a cover that I realized I remembered this one.
Now this has a special place in my heart as on the first day I ever played with the pipe band we played this with the Diamonds in the Rough and came in as a surprise through the smoke machine. Wicked night.
But first... let's give an honourable mention to:
I preferred St. Andrew's from the Icky Thump album, but can't find a YouTube video. I only gave it an honourable mention as although they are a 'rock' band, the song definitely plays to strong celtic roots, and is a little off from the rest of their typical sound.