Scottish Rant is a unique collaboration between award-winning Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout and the world champion City of Washington Pipe Band. Together they celebrate the music of the Scottish Highlands. The program features jigs, reels, hornpipes and marches with the City of Washington’s masterful pipers and drummers performing in full regalia.
Scottish Rant will perform in Ramsey Hall of the Performing Arts Center April 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21-$26; student discounts are available.
Most of the music for Scottish Rant is drawn from traditional sources of pipe and fiddle music, with additional original compositions by Rideout and members of the band.
On stages from Scotland’s Edinburgh International Festival to America’s Kennedy Center, Bonnie Rideout’s unique style of fiddling has charmed audiences with her vast knowledge of traditional Scottish dance tunes, Highland bagpipe music and ancient Gaelic melodies, each reflecting the rich musical tradition of her heritage. Rideout is a three-time U.S. Scottish fiddle champion and is the author of nine music books.
The City of Washington Pipe Band has been one of the finest pipe bands in North America for more than 30 years. In August of 1999 the band won first prize at the World Pipe Band Championships and the World Drum Corps Championships for Grade 2 in Glasgow. They were promoted by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association to Grade 1-one of only two American bands in the premier rank.