Five ‘rock stars’ of the bagpiping world are gearing up to hit the road this April as part of their much anticipated ‘Pipes & Sticks on Route 66’ tour. Scottish pipers Willie McCallum, Stuart Liddell and Angus MacColl and drummer, Jim Kilpatrick, will join forces with American percussionist Mike Cole before setting off on the historic highway from Cole’s native Chicago April 7th. The group will then follow the ‘Mother Road’ through 8 different states before landing inCalifornia, with 6 concerts and numerous appearances scheduled along the way.
While each member of Pipes & Sticks has achieved considerable success in their solo careers, this will be the group’s first time playing together on U.S.soil. In the Celtic music community, the five are regarded as the best of the best in competitive piping and drumming, with over 150 major awards and titles between them.
Joining them for the ride is California filmmaker John McDonald, who will chronicle the crew’s journey in a new documentary. For McCallum and MacColl, it will be their second time working with McDonald, who followed their performance with The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band in his award-winning 2009 film “On The Day.”
“When the guys approached me about filming the adventure, I didn’t have to think too hard about it,” McDonald says. “It seemed like the trip of a lifetime, with all the potential of being a really entertaining film.”
In addition to concerts in Chicago, Tulsa, Lubbock, Albuquerque, Flagstaff and Los Angeles, the Pipes & Sticks lads are planning a series of impromptu pub performances, cross-cultural jams with cowboys and Native Americans, and a musical tribute to World War II veterans.
For McCallum, who hatched up the idea with Liddell during a cross-country flight last year, touring Route 66 is more than just a pipe dream. “Route 66 has an iconic status for people in the UK, even for a guy brought up in a very small town in Scotland,” says the piper. “For me, it’s about seeing a part of the USA I’ve never been, and retracing the steps of the thousands of people who’ve traveled this road. To do it with some of my best friends in music, that just puts the icing on the cake.”
For full tour dates and tickets, visit pipesandsticks.ticketbud.com
More information on the documentary at kickstarter.com/projects/1600594186/pipes-and-sticks-on-route-66
April 4 Honor Flight, Chicago, Welcome Back WWII Vets from Washington DC
April 5 Mo Dailey’s Pub, Chicago 8 p.m.
April 7 Concert, Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago 7:30 p.m.
April 8 Scottish Arms, St.Louis 8:30 p.m.
April 10 Oklahoma State University, Tulsa 7 p.m.
April 11 Tribute at Oklahoma City Memorial Park
April 12 Concert, Cactus Theatre, Lubbock 7:30 p.m.
April 14 Concert, El Rey Theatre, Albuquerque 7:30 p.m.
April 16 Play with members of Navajo Nation, MonumentValley
April 17 Recital, American Legion Hall,Flagstaff 7:30 p.m.
April 18 Play in Seligman, Arizona, where the Route 66 revival began
April 20 Pub Crawl, starting at Lucky Baldwin’s, Pasadena 7:30 p.m.
April 21 Concert, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pasadena 7 p.m.
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