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Off Kilter

by The Rogues

Get ready to rock Scottish style with these boisterous, spirited and international award-winning bagpipers and percussionists who are in the Grammy Book twice on this unique album.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Queen of the Lost Scots
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2. Jolly George
2:09 $0.99
3. Leprechaun & Butterfly
4:59 $0.99
4. Pipes in Space
2:34 $0.99
5. Miss P.
3:48 $0.99
6. Holy Moly
4:10 $0.99
7. Steven Mitchell
2:56 $0.99
8. Pipe Major-Domo
4:31 $0.99
9. Scuse Me?
4:31 $0.99
10. Guinness Dog
2:58 $0.99
11. Plaid Jam
7:07 $0.99
12. The Red Head
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Album Notes
The following article appeared in the October 1999 edition of "The world's best piping and drumming publication" Piper & Drummer magazine

The Rogues Create a Celtic Joyride
Unique and fun interpretations result in an often brilliant recording

by Andrew Berthoff

Only a decade ago, most North American Celtic groups were just loose imitations of bands like Battlefield, Tannahill Weavers, and Osian. Today, the United States, in particular, appears to be not just riding the wave of interest in Celtic music, but creating its own tidal force.

The Rogues - the Houston, Texas, quartet of two pipers and two percussionists - have just released "Off Kilter," their fourth recording, which presents a quite unique and distinctly modern take on the Celtic idiom.

It would be a mistake for competing pipers and drummers to take one look at the group and dismiss them as a bunch of Rob Roy revivalists, like those seen around many North American Highland games. The Rogues' puffy shirted look is part of the overall spectacle.

"Off Kilter" is a distinctly modern approach to piping and drumming. But, unlike many of today's Celtic music groups, The Rogues don't seem to have much time for synthesizers or anything electronic, for that matter. With only one exception, their stuff is done using traditional instruments.

Their music, though, is anything but traditional. "Off Kilter" is a ceilidh of musical surprises, the most intriguing of which seem to be from piper Lars Sloan. Three tracks in particular - "Miss. P.," "'Scuse Me?" and "Guinness Dog" - are wonderfully creative. From the dog barking samples in "Guinness Dog" to the bizarre vocal interjections in "'Scuse Me?," Sloan's compositions put an accent on fun, and usually come up with a percussion groove that makes the pipe music surge.

And it is the percussion that is perhaps the best overall part of "Off Kilter." Bodhran, congas, bongos, claves, and God knows what else drive the whole thing along at a crazy pace. The only parts of the recording that get a bit ponderous are the points where the groups goes only with Highland pipes and pipe band snare, as in the start of the last track of hornpipes and reels. It's relatively unexciting, but then the group gets grooving again with drum set and a more driving tempo.

"Off Kilter" is a difficult thing to summarize musically. The piping is very good, the instruments are well tuned, and the spirit is intensely positive. One thing's for sure: the piping puritans will hate it.

Wanted to say thanks for the "Off Kilter" CD you gave me at the studio the other night ... It is absolutely one of the best in the genre that I've heard in twenty plus years of recording ... and that is saying a lot. You guys did a killer job, and so did Andy ... _very_ impressive piece of work! Thanks for turning me onto it. Regards, - Karl A. Caillouet - Heights Sound Studio - www.hsound.com



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I loved this album!
I searched a long time for a good bagpipe music album and this is it. Sound quality is great compared to most traditional renditions by pipe and drum bands and the songs are unique and a joy to listen to.

David Crowder

good mix of piping and different genres of music
I am enjoying the mix of piping and the different genres of music even though I'm into more of the traditional style like "live from canada, eh?"

D. B. Taylor Nielsen

As good, but different from the Rogues' live shows. Recommended!
I see the Rogues every year at the Maryland Rennaissance Festival, and love them fiercely (in a manly way). This CD reveals nuances and subtleties that are not apparent in their wonderful high-energy shows. A great selection of original songs combined w/traditional tunes. The Rogues forge their own identity with this disc and it's wonderful to bear witness. My current favorite song: "Pipe Major-Domo" by Lars Sloan. Highly recommended!!

Jack Black

It was awesome they should definitely continue that music.

Tina Kelsey

My Favorite Piping CD. I'm glad I can't wear it out!
I bought 2 "Off Kilters" as gifts for friends. What more can I say?


love it love it love it
My toes were tapping away. It was energetic, new, while still having an old world sound.


Oh my pants!
WAHOO! Definitely makes the road trips back home from college much more enjoyable. These guys rock my face off!


one of my favorites
I bought this CD for a friend, because they were always trying to steal my autographed copy. I wish the Rougues would come back to the Chicago area more often.


one rockin' Celtic band!
Off Kilter by The Rogues, is an amazing blast of Celtic music! Anyone interested in this genre of music should, by all means, buy a copy of this cd. After listening to it, you will have gotten your world rocked. If after that, you cannot contain your excitement, go and see them live. Talk about awesome! Buy Off Kilter. You'll see what I mean.

Mary Anne

Who would've thought?
Who would've thought I would be bragging about a bagpipe CD I had bought? Congrats to these guys making an album that makes/keeps people interested in a style of music so rich in culture, while making it their own. Full of talent and respect, this album is a keeper.
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