One of my favourite instruments is the bagpipes. There’s just something about them that I love from the thrill of watching all the pipe bands go marching down the street in a town parade to watching the lone piper play haunting notes at Edinburgh Castle on Hogmanay.
The beginning of this concert was something special. Made up of ten of the best Highland pipers/composers, Tryst gathered in a socially distanced circle and played spectacularly. Starting with the Viscount Set they all looked super cool standing and playing together. During their sets, a shot was taken of a silhouette of one of the pipers reflecting on to the floor which was nice to see. My dad, who has been watching all of these concerts with me said that “watching them all play like that makes you feel like the world is buzzing again” and I agree.
The concert then moved on to Project Smok and all I can say is- move over all you boy bands, from One Direction to the Backstreet Boys, because Project Smok are coming out to play! One of my all-time favourite bands, Project Smok (made up of Ewan Baird Pablo Laufente and Ali Levack) never fail to amaze! This terrific trio delivered lots of brilliant sounds during their performance with the stunning setting around them. One song I particularly liked was Arc De Triomphe. I absolutely can’t wait for their new EP, which will be coming out soon!
Next up was The Conundrum 2021 which was basically like a relay but for pipers. One piper would play by themselves, then they’d be joined by someone else who would play with them, who would then play by themselves and then be joined by another etc. This was so lovely to watch as you got to hear lots of different pipers and lots of different music. Appearing in the Conundrum was Finlay MacDonald, Malin Lewis, Bradley Parker, Ailis Sutherland, Conal McDonagh and Ross Ainslie. To finish off the concert, they all came together and played which was so special. If you haven’t watched this exciting concert please do, you definitely won’t be disappointed!