Award-winning pipers and percussionists combined with other instruments and creative original arrangements that will have you dancing one moment and moved to tears the next.
Hellbound Sleigh is the 10th album by The Rogues and is filled with musical surprises that make every track unique. Now everyone can have what has been missing from their Christmas music collections – bagpipes! Joined by EJ Jones on small pipes and whistle (www.piperjones.com) and Miriam-Rose Leduc on traditional Scottish fiddle (www.highlandlassies.com), Hellbound Sleigh is a treat for Celtic music connoisseurs and lovers of Christmas music everywhere.
"A lone piper bleating a mournful tune is one thing, The Rogues quite another. They are a genuine band that galvanizes an audience with precisely played rhythms and moves them through the hidden mysteries of Scottish tradition - they can make an Iranian wistful for Scotland! Their performance is a measured blend of stately hymns and rabble rousing anthems. It moves from dignity through defiance to abandoned joy and most important, the audience feels it. Some shows beg for audience participation - The Rogues induce it..." - David Casey, Entertainment Director-Texas Renaissance Festival
Founded in Houston in 1994, The Rogues created a new genre of Celtic music with exceptionally well-played pipes and driving percussion. From street festivals to Scottish Highland games to performing with a symphony orchestra, The Rogues deliver a commanding performance. Starting at the Texas Renaissance Festival in 1994, the band soon began performing out of state and added Scottish Highland Games and Celtic festivals and corporate shows. The band has produced it's own theater show called Celtic Crossroads and performed as a guest artist with the Air Force Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. The Rogues have performed in Las Vegas, Greece, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Canada, several cruises and all over the United States. Members of the band have competed all over North America and won 1st place at the World Pipe Band Championships. The Rogues have produced 9 albums and 2 DVDs to date and are listed in the official Grammy book for several nominations, though falling short of the final 5. The Rogues have a tradition of supporting charities, sometimes holding their own fundraisers supporting individuals and causes for soldiers. The band even has it's own tartan in the Scottish Register of Tartans. Instrumentation
Randy Wothke - Percussion, keyboard, bodhran, Drum Kit, SCOTTISH SNARE DRUM Lars Sloan - Percussion, Highland bagpipes Bryan Blaylock - Percussion, bodhran Jimmy Mitchell - Highland bagpipes Ewan Brown - Guitar, Percussion, Drum Kit, bagpipes, Whistle Kyle Grasty - Highland bagpipes Discography
Scottish Rogues 1995 Hollerin' for Haggis! 1996 Live in Canada, Eh? 1997 Off Kilter 1999 The Rogues 5.0 2001 Made in Texas Double CD 2003 Made in Texas DVD 2003 Roguetrip 2005 American Highlander 2008 3 LBS of Rage 2010 Hellbound Sleigh 2013
Annapolis Irish Festival Annapolis, MD Guest Artist with Air Force Symphony Washington, DC Maryland Renaissance Festival Annapolis, MD Columbus Scottish Festival Columbus, IN WV Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering Bridgeport, WV Firelake Grand Casino Oklahoma City, OK Monte Carlo Casino Las Vegas, NV North Texas Irish Festival Dallas, TX Celtic Fling Manheim, PA Celtic Fest Chicago Chicago, IL US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Alma Highland Games Alma MI Mykonos, Greece Detroit Highland Games Detroit, MI Almonte Celtic Festival Almonte, Ottawa, CANADA Fergus Scottish Festival Fergus, Otario, CANADA Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival Manheim, PA Floydfest Floyd, VA Frog and Onion Pub Bermuda Scarborough Faire Waxahachie, TX