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"Bags of Rock at the Red Hot Highland Fling"

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"Live Review; Bags of Rock"

Okay, so this isn’t the sort of stuff we generally cover at Crack in the Road but if we like it, we write about it, and I like Bags of Rock. Chances are I may be the only writer for the site that would enjoy their style of music, but it’s well worth discussing. Yeah their sets may feature covers of classical rock songs such as Black Betty, alongside their own material but don’t let that put anyone off; they’re a talented bunch and certainly show that live. The set up is a typical two guitars, bass and drums but capped off with a separate snare drum player and two bagpipers (hence the ‘bag’ in the title), elevating the group above being a bog-standard indie outfit.

All clad in kilts they typify what it means to be Scottish, and they managed to get the crowd going quicker than most bands I’ve witnessed on the live stage. I’m not sure if they’d get the same sort of reception south of the border, yet during these revolutionary times when Scottish independence is a hot topic, there’s a feeling they could almost convert the most ardent unionist. They excel when performing their own tracks, with an obvious heavy rock core that permeates through, whilst still allowing the bagpipes to be a dominant, positive feature within it. All diverse elements combined, and the outcome is like a hazy amalgamation of Pantera and your stereo-typical typical pipe band. Overall, Bags of Rock are a good fun band that don’t take themselves too seriously and when watching them perform, one can’t help but smile. - Crack in the Road


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Bags of Rock "The Next Level" (Debut Album)

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Glasgow’s BAGS OF ROCK drag Scotland’s national instrument kicking and screaming into the 21st century, effortlessly fusing cutting edge rock with The Great Highland Bagpipe. Delivering performances with an infectious conviction to their art, BAGS OF ROCK have created a unique musical combination that takes bagpipes to the next level. Since forming in late 2010 BAGS OF ROCK have already played most of the Scotland’s top venues as well as internationally from Kiev To Kuala Lumpur, not to mention opening the rewind festival in June and their triumphant performance at this years Inverness Hogmanay party playing to tens of thousands.

Featuring the well-known mohawked, madcap celtic-rock guitarist Gregor “G-man” James, the lone piper who performed to a televised audience of a billion people as the Dehli commonwealth games “hero piper”, the current solo world champion snare drummer on percussion and a rhythm section incorporating the cream of Scotland’s session scene, BAGS OF ROCK deliver a balls-to-the-wall rock show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but takes rocking your ass off VERY seriously. With Influences ranging from Metallica to Martyn Bennett, BAGS OF ROCK WILL rock you - not for the faint hearted!!!!!!