A new feature-length documentary featuring some of Scotland’s greatest musicians will screen at Annan Lonsdale Cinema on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday the 30th of September


It sounds like a simple premise for a film — take five “rock stars” of the Scottish bagpiping and drumming world on a three-week musical journey along the iconic Route 66. The reality was much more challenging for Emmy award-winning American filmmaker John McDonald who had previously directed On The Day: The Story of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band.

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The tour for charity was dubbed Pipes & Sticks on Route 66, which also became the title of the new 103-minute film. The stellar line-up of musicians are pipers Willie McCallum, Angus MacColl and Stuart Liddell and drummer Jim Kilpatrick, all Scotsmen. They were joined by American percussionist Mike Cole in Chicago for the journey to Los Angeles.

Considered among “the best of the best” in piping and drumming, these five musicians have won every important solo piping and drumming award, many several times over. Well-known for their incredible talent, the players put on amazing concerts in Chicago, Tulsa, Lubbock, Albuquerque, Flagstaff and Pasadena. They also did impromptu pub shows, played a solemn tribute at Oklahoma City Memorial Park and took part in inspirational jam sessions with Native American musicians from four Indian Nations.

At each concert they collected money for Scottish charities by selling raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the tour. The lucky winners received the custom Route 66 pipes (donated by McCallum Bagpipes) and drums (donated by Pearl and Remo) that were played.


McDonald, a piper himself, Told DGWGO Entertainment News, “The film follows the band across the country during their 1 a 1 a pipes 682,400-mile, eight-state trip, interweaving their music and their adventures along the way. There was hardly a moment without at least one camera rolling, so the coverage is extensive. “As the trip progressed, the men began to forget the cameras were there and became very comfortable just being themselves.”

For McCallum, touring Route 66 was 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.”

McDonald added, “Scottish audiences will not only enjoy the highlights of the band’s adventures on what has been called the Main Street of America, but perhaps also get some ideas for taking a trip of their own.”

1 a 1 a pipes 67The final scene is at sunset on Santa Monica Beach as the band, standing in the water, plays a farewell to America as dolphins, undoubtedly attracted by the sounds of the pipes, swim around them.

Watch the movie trailer at PipesAndSticks66.com.

Screening at Annan Lonsdale

Tuesday 29 Sep 2015 13:30
Wednesday 30 Sep 2015 20:00

Running Time: 103 minutes

Book Your tickets online at http://oscar01.savoysystems.co.uk/lonsdaleannan.dll/
Learn more at PipesAndSticks66.com

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