A high pipe band has come collectively over video conferencing to create a haunting rendition of one in every of Simon and Garfunkel’s most well-known songs after being compelled to observe collectively from house throughout lockdown.
The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band from Seattle posted the beautiful rendition of the “Sound of Silence” on YouTube after being been unable to observe or carry out collectively for over 4 months.
The unbelievable Brady-Bunch fashion clip options members enjoying devices together with the pipes, a piano and drums beside among the metropolis’s best-known landmarks.
Music director Larry Koch defined that the band, which at present has round 45 members, often play 20-30 performances annually, aiming to broadening the general public’s curiosity in and appreciation for conventional Scottish piping, drumming, and dancing within the Pacific Northwest.
He added that they initially had the concept of doing the movies after they realised they might be capable of carry out their latest music, “Greenback Dawn”, which was written by Australian piper Lincoln Hilton.
He stated: “When coronavirus began, we had been locked down right here in Washington State in early March. We had been planning to debut the brand new efficiency piece for a neighborhood present in late March which was cancelled.
“So I believed that doing a video with all of the gamers ‘Brady Bunch’-style, is perhaps good to attempt give the group a purpose and to encourage everybody to maintain working towards.”
After every member filmed their elements, one of many group, Tim Hutchinson put collectively a video which had an enormous response on social media.
“Tim launched it on Fb and YouTube on the finish of April. We had a implausible response. It was the most well-liked video or publish that the band had ever finished.”
Larry defined that after the Greenback Dawn video took off, Tim then urged that the band play a bit he had organized, including that it was “paradoxically” a music with silence within the title, he stated: “Some members of the band are multi-instrumentalists, so we had been capable of embrace their abilities on piano and drum package as properly. In whole, we had 30 gamers on this video.”
Garfunkel as soon as summed up the music’s that means as “the lack of individuals to speak with one another”, apt then that the pipe band ought to use it to convey them nearer collectively once more in the course of the lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Larry added that it is a new frontier for the band, which was initially based within the in 1952 and is the official band of the Clan Keith (a uncommon designation for a band exterior Scotland), he unhappy: “This video has been an enormous success. It has been out for nearly every week, and has had 305,000 views and Fb says we’ve reached 728,000 folks.
“Fairly a feat for a video by a pipe band. I believe it has been so profitable as a result of it’s a standard and recognizable tune for therefore many individuals so the viewers is larger than conventional pipe music, it’s new/totally different (I believe we’re the primary pipe band to attempt to document it), and the association with harmonies and different devices is nice and enjoyable to take heed to.”
That includes two competitors bands, Larry confirmed their Grade 3B band was really planning a visit to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow this August (which has been cancelled), and is trying to reschedule the journey for subsequent yr as an alternative.
For now, we’ll need to content material with watching the superb video content material they’re placing out as an alternative.