Fred set to pipe up for city show

WORLD champion piper Fred Morrison, above, and guitarist Matheu Watson are hoping to wow a home crowd when they take to the stage in Glasgow.

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The duo are appearing at the College of Piping in Glasgow's Otago Street tomorrow at 8pm.

It comes after a succesful 17-date tour of Scotland and northern England.

Over the last two weeks, the duo has received widely enthusiastic reaction to their performances in far flung venues, from theatres to village halls from Comrie to Skye, Uist to Stornoway, Banchory and Tain.

Described as one of Celtic music's most profoundly skilled and audaciously inventive exponents, Fred, from Bishopton, Renfrewshire, is famed for his passionately expressive style, rooted in the Gaelic traditions of his father's native South Uist, and enriched by influences from far and wide, which has seen him dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes.

Multi-instrumentalist Matheu has been described as one of the finest young musicians in Scotland today, recognised recently by his 2011 Award for Best Up and Coming Artist at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

His recently released album, Dunrobin Place, has also received rave reviews.

Fred said: "This is a gig I'm really looking forward to. I absolutely love playing in Glasgow.

"I'm amazed and delighted at the interest in pipings. It is fast becoming a household phenomenon now – we've had entire families at our gigs.

"This has definitely been helped by events like Piping Live in Glasgow and increasing coverage on TV."

Fred is very keen to encourage young musicians and, in many of the venues, has invited young bands to perform as support acts.

Fred is a multi award-winning piper, having won the Macallan Trophy, Lorient, a record-breaking seven times. He has also Gold Medals at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban and also at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, two of the most illustrious piping competitions in the world.

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