10 Jul 2021


A new movie show which captures a fresh performance by renowned music artistes, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, will feature as digital content streamed online at this year’s HebCelt Survival Sessions (which take place 14th-17th July 2021).

The new work is 45 minutes in length and will be a key programme feature on Saturday, 17th July for the event’s final night. A hybrid mix of live, pre-recorded and specially commissioned shows have been produced for the HebCelt Survival Sessions which will see the festival continue its journey back from the impacts of the pandemic.

Co-founder and director of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Willie Armstrong, said: “We’re working in the amazing Coda studios with Stevie Richmond and his team. As we can’t play to a live audience we thought we’d spend as much as we can on the production as it’s so difficult to try and recreate a live music vibe when you have no audience. We’re using our new lighting rig and lighting director so we’re all looking forward to seeing this. This is our first virtual gig we've agreed to because of our fantastic relationship with HebCelt.

“There have been lots of challenges. Lots to overcome. We had to tailor the set list to meet them. Unfortunately, we’re unable to perform to a live audience therefore no crowd interaction is the biggest challenge. Making it as impactful as it should be given the restrictions has resulted in many late night meetings and phone calls. Pre-production has taken a full day and it’s nice to see our lovely dancers back with their smiling faces.”

Caroline Maclennan, HebCelt Festival Director, said: “We’re delighted that the Red Hot Chilli Pipers agreed to do this, their first virtual gig, which will be a fantastic feature for the Survival Sessions. The efforts they have gone to in order to ensure a great show for those watching have been immense. We are sure those who watch the show will appreciate the professionalism and commitment of Willie and the band members, as well as enjoy their unique bagrock performance.”

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers can be watched on the MyPlayer platform on Saturday 17th July. Details and tickets can be found at: https://www.hebceltfest.com/booking. Willie and other Survival Sessions performers can be heard talking about their shows in a series of new podcasts: https://bit.ly/SurvivalSessionsPodcasts

HebCelt is supported by Creative Scotland, EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and other public and private sector supporters

Posted in News on Jul 10, 2021