Red Hot Chilli Piper tunes up for homecoming concert

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THE Red Hot Chilli Pipers are to bring their own unique brand of “bagrock” to an East Lothian festival next month – a homecoming gig for one of the group.

Since winning top prize on UK talent show When Will I Be Famous? five years ago, the Chilli Pipers – including Haddington-based Kevin Macdonald – have become worldwide stars performing at far-flung shores from Melbourne to Milwaukee.

The band are set to play Trad on the Tyne Festival at Haddington Corn Exchange on July 14, an event organised by the town’s own pipe band.

David Leckie, pipe major of Haddington Pipe Band, said: “It’s amazing to have the Red Hot Chilli Pipers come to Haddington. They have taken the playing of bagpipes on to a whole new level and for sheer entertainment value, there’s nobody better anywhere.”

Tickets (which cost £18) for the concert are on sale at a number of Haddington outlets and online at www.tradonthetyne.com.