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by Tartanic

Instrumental and upbeat world fusion of Great Highland Bagpipes, and deep-bass percussion in a rock/world/tribal atmosphere of BOOM!
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nordic Twister
3:56 album only
2. Lexie's Dipstick
2:12 album only
3. Jiggy Biddy's Slur Horn
3:04 album only
4. Dragon's Jewels
2:59 album only
5. Galician Carnivale
5:09 album only
6. G.O.T. Pipes?
2:45 album only
7. Mo Chug!
3:05 album only
8. Breakfast with Maggie and Murdoch
3:23 album only
9. The Belly Dancer
2:19 album only
10. Hagrid's Snuggly Courtship
2:45 album only
11. Zeeto & Ian
2:52 album only
12. Square Roots of 6/8
3:04 album only
13. Mason's Thunderclapper
3:57 album only
14. Sean's Pompous Rant
2:25 album only
15. Kfc Close to Bollywood
4:16 album only
16. Brick O' Bracken
1:35 album only
17. Velocity
3:07 album only
18. Amazing Grace IV
2:27 album only
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Album Notes
Dressed in kilts and sunglasses, Tartanic gives its audiences a barrage of sound from not one but TWO Highland Bagpipes, 2 percussionists, 2 smokin' dancers, 8 drums, 6 drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high-volume, all brought to you by 4 men without pants and 2 talented lasses.

For an artist, compiling a of body of work is Unavoidable. Since 2002, Tartanic has been on a mission to “make bagpipes cool” to a vast cross-section of people,
not just those with Scottish heritage, but to many diverse peoples and ethnicities who, in turn, embrace this union and pass it forward as our music transcends generational barriers.

Tartanic has always striven to embrace the evolution of the “old” becoming “new”: with the first tracks on All Abroad, a home-burned CD, with “Glasgow (Ultra-Catalyst Mix)” to“Insurgenge” from Uncivilized; our latest studio effort —offering both contemporary dance-rave and traditional sonic compositions. The future will be to bring bagpipes to a more integral level in these multiple genres, while maintaining an homage to what has come before us. Lindsay Davidson, (whose composition “Sorrento” appeared on All Abroad), was produced in Poland with full orchestra and the concert was granted radio airplay. Years later, Tartanic played “Sorrento”; performing as a trio of musicians backed by a full orchestra for a 9/11 “year and a day later” Tribute.

From this example to many others (not mentioned here for fear of leaving someone out) Tartanic has sought to fuse the rhythms of South America, the Middle East, Africa, India and has even used high-voltage electricity with high-tech audio effects. Bagpipes are, at long last, launched into the collective consciousness of the human psyche as a collaborative instrument of melodic musical innovation rather than a stand-alone novelty. It is the mission of this music to not only reward all of Tartanic’s long-time fans, or even to educate the new audiences we meet…but to best present a unique groundbreaking music; an evolution… immortalizing independent music and worldwide sound that is unmatched…and unavoidable.

Excerpt from Renaissance Magazine, 5/2017
Tartanic is a veritable explosion of sound, featuring highland bagpipes, big drums, and lively dancing lead by energetic front man Adrian Walter.
Adrian is definitely the “it” in the show. He puts 100% oomph into every set he does, dancing around the stage, invigorating the audience, delivering jokes and playing drums.
Tartanic is another band that has worked with a large pool of musicians, over 60 total. Adrian says that Tartanic is more of a show than a band. He says, “in a show that tours over time you find personnel changes are inevitable in the tiny world of Grade 1 accomplished, tour-ready bagpipers that enjoy playing for an audience more than a judge at a bagpipe competition.”
Bagpipe competitions are serious business in the world of highland piping. And Grade 1 is the best ranking you can win as a piper at a competition.
And Tartanic requires highly skilled pipers. Tartanic’s music is comprised of both traditional Irish and Scottish songs as well as complex, contemporary tunes. From that base, Adrian says, “Tartanic fuses [the songs with] spirited Middle Eastern and African rhythms, [creating] catchy swing, rock, funk and hip-hop grooves.”
Tartanic hooks their audience with a big sound and turns them into diehard fans with powerful tunes, comedic delivery, and ample audience participation.
Audience members, and even festival cast members, often jump up on stage with the band to dance or just jump around to the music. It’s an audience-centric experience. “Tartanic is the ‘no show is ever the same twice’ party band,” according to Adrian.
Even after the show the performers take the time to personally connect with the patrons, signing autographs, chatting and doling out sweaty “Scottish” hugs. “When the same fans return season after season to [see] Tartanic,” Adrian says, “those fans are friends.”
Tartanic’s fan base is avid, large and growing. If you google “Tartanic”, you’ll find over 5,500 videos uploaded by Tartanic fans. And the Tartanic Facebook page has over 48K “likes”.
Tartanic has been playing the circuit since 2002, the same year that Adrian met his wife Jill, aka Fanny McCrackin.
Before that, Adrian had been performing with the Loch Dhu Dancers, a group he co-founded to perform at TRF in 1998. They started out performing to “canned music”, eventually adding live piping and drum.
The Tartanic show now includes 2 pipers, 2 tupan players (including Adrian) and 2 dancers (including Jill).
Traveling on the circuit is always a study in creative problem solving as well as an adventure. When Tartanic first began to travel outside of Texas they stayed in hotel rooms provided by the festivals they performed at. Since then, Adrian and Jill have become full time “road rennies”, which includes a variety of behind the scenes dilemmas. During their time on the road, they’ve acquired several unforeseen skills. Adrian listed just a few, “getting CDs and merchandise shipped to different addresses all the time, storing it securely no matter the weather, ordering a portable toilet, learning to back up trailers at night, and the value of down-shifting transmissions.”
Tartanic has a dozen recordings available, and is working on their 13th, scheduled for release this year. Tartanic’s recordings are available on several online music distribution sites including CD Baby and iTunes, Pandora and Spotify among others.



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