After a hiccup with the announcement, which had the audience and the performers laughing, Lorne appeared on stage with six other musicians and Darren MacLean singing the opening piece.
Lorne then explained that he had been trying since 2006 to get a chance to be part of the New Voices but when Donald Shaw gave him the go ahead last September, it was suddenly an OMG moment when the realisation of what he was do set in! He initially gave it the title of ‘Vague Theme’ due to the fact that he didn’t know where he was going with this task although the principal for the work came from Lorne’s frustration of the usual conceived style of piping and he wanted to explore the sub genres of it too. And then all the ideas suddenly collide – and Collisions became the title.
He played a piece called ‘Dalmuir Walk’, then a set of 3 reels ( the first still untitled, the second ‘Christmas in Spring’ ( which was conceived when he was recording a Christmas song with Susan Boyle last May) and the final reel had been co-written with Sorren MacLean in Vienna.
He moved onto a piece entitled ‘Netherlorn Dance‘ which was certainly not his usual style and then brought onto stage, 2 members of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers for his next piece. Darren then came back onto the stage accompanied by Julie Fowlis and they sang a beautiful evocative song in Gaelic about a fisherman and his forlorn wife. Lorne then ended with a song written about watching the bonfires across on Arran from his home in Carradale – thats when its not raining and misty!!
The encore was fully deserved and the bonus of playing at the Mitchell Theatre is that the audience get a chance to meet and talk with the performers afterwards.
Well done Lorne!