Stuart Cassells is the fine young piper who took the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall by Storm in 2005 when he won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2006 Award. The chance to make this much-anticipated CD was part of his prize. Stuart for several years was also frontman of the much-acclaimed folk rock outfit The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
"Stuart Cassells is making no small contribution to the world of contemporary piping. He is able to combine his traditional piping background with a real talent to entertain - a distinctive characteristic of this album."...Fred Morrison
“I met Stuart in hallowed circumstances. The Queen was trying to get us both drunk at a reception at Buckingham Palace. Now that's a good way to start sleeve notes, none of this "we met in the loo at the Marquee". Anyway he mentioned that he was a Piper, and that he's heard I had an interest in the Pipes too. Would I like to hear his CD" Sure. I'll even write some notes for you.
"Well here we are then, CD on the player. Straightaway, I must say that I am one of those people who find the sound of Bagpipes exciting, invigorating and inspiring. So when the CD starts there is an emotion, energy. This recurs time after time with memories of the early Who, believe it or not. The pipes are like the open string Rickenbacker of Pete Townshend. Not much between them. There's also the lovely more traditional ballads where Stuart's pipes and his friends just make it a lovely noise to listen to. It certainly makes me want to pick up my pipes and play... Well done Stuart and long may you reign.” .....Phil Collins