If you have never heard or seen a performance by Clann An Drumma, then you may be left wondering just who exactly we are?
It's simple really, Clann An Drumma means "Children of the Drum" - and that's exactly what we are - an exciting, energetic and rhythmic band, from Glasgow in ScotlandOur music has been passed down to us from our ancestors and is dominated by rhythm, enhanced by the skirl of the pipes, flavoured with enchanting vocals and wrapped in the warmth of our country . On first impressions, you might think we are "just another Scottish pipes and drums band" - but when the percussion kicks in, you will soon realise that is not the case.
Clann An Drumma's thunderous approach to percussion gives a brilliant new flair to those traditional pieces - and brings a whole new style of music to your home . Why not explore our; website, meet the band, check out some sample tracks, view our photo albums, browse our community forum, or catch up on the latest with our fans in the LIVE chat Whatever you do, have fun and KEEP IT TRIBAL !!
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Highlander Radio ReviewIf you are into Celtic music, especially Scottish Celtic music, then Clann An Drumma is a must group to highlight your music collection. Never have we heard a more inspiring and earth moving musical experience than from Clann An Drumma. The raw beat of the drums combined with the enchanting mix of bagpipes, vocals and percussion makes their music some of the best blends of Celtic works to find in a long time. You will surely be dancing to their beat of Duncan Johnston, Greenhill Marches and Traditional Jigs from their album 'Tried & True.' We were particularly impressed with the vocals of 'Peaceful...Is The Glen', which shows the group can do more than incredible bagpipes and drums!
One song in particular stands out in their latest album. Featured in Mel Gibson's 2002 motion picture hit, 'We were Soldiers', 'Sgt. MacKenzie' holds a special place for Highlander Radio listeners. For that song was written by Joseph Kilna MacKenzie. It is a song about honor, respect and gratitude to a brave soul - Sgt. MacKenzie - who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live free today. The price of freedom is high, but it is up to us - the living - to never forget the individuals who gave their lives so that freedom will endure.
Don't miss this group if they are playing at a Highland Game near you, they are one of the few authentic and down to earth Scottish/Celtic groups that you will hear and meet in a long time!
Individual BiographyJoe Kilna MacKenzie
Joe Kilna MacKenzie is a founder of Clann An Drumma and his unique style of drumming and percussion has thrilled audiences across the globe. Having spearheaded the band’s invasion of the planet, he has led Clann An Drumma on successful tours of the U.S.A, Europe and the Far East.
No stranger to the world of Film and Tv himself, he has been involved in countless productions as a close combat / stunt performer.
His song “ Sgt. Mackenzie “, a heartfelt tribute to his great grandfather who fell in World War I, has become an anthem for many and was indeed used to great effect in Mel Gibson’s blockbuster movie “ We were Soldiers “ and has topped charts in the US. “ The response to Sgt MacKenzie has been overwhelming”, says Joe taking a break from recording what will be come Clann An Drumma’s 6th album, “ It’s very humbling to hear stories of how the song has moved, touched and inspired people all over the world “ “and I must thank Randall Wallace for his inspiration and help "
So what’s next for Clann An Drumma ?
“ The new lineup has the talent and potential to take up the banner and carry it forward “ “ I’ve also a great technical crew behind the band now – Onwards and Upwards my friends, keep it tribal “
Maggie is the calming influence in the band.She completes the bass section with her steady and vibrant bass patterns.She adds a bit of Glamour to our line up, and her calmiong influence keeps the band sane when were on the road.She always makes sure we are well looked after. Thanks Maggie.
So what can we say aboot Big Al ?? Theres a lot more to him than ye first realise.Not only is he a good "Helmsman" in a drum beat, (His powerfull Bass beats totally drives the band , and his time keeping is impecable). He is one of the only fully trained Harley Davidson engineers in the country,learning his craft at their main HQ in Milwaukee.He is cheif mechanic with "Area 51 Custom Cycles".Theres nothing built that he couldn't fix up. Hes a big freindly Giant of a man,and he keeps the band amused aw the time with his infectious and rapid fire humour.Hes a good man to have around.
Dougie is one of the most talented musicians we have ever met.He plays a variety of instruments, but it is with the Pipes that he truly exells.He plays in the Islay pipe band , and has lifted several awards this season with them. Hes the one who keeps us going when were on tour, with his wit and humour.Hes a tough wee guy, and his endurance when playing pushes the drum section to the limits (Maks us earn our way). He also plays with a 2 piece band called "The Changes".Hes a good singer as well.
Jamie is the "Quiet man " of the band.Although he doesnt say much , ye never forget hes there.His talent with percussion instruments shines out in his sheer enthusiasm for playing.His complex rhythms add variety and texture to the immense sound of the band.He has played with several band over his long musical career, but it with Clann An Drumma that he shines the brightest.
Stevie has been working behind the scenes with the band for a few years now.Hes now come to the front line, and has been touring with us all this year.He has had experiences with several bands and solo musicians,from Traditional to Rock. He is an accomplished artist,and has been exhibited a few times. He also Makes good quality Swords and Daggers. When hes not touring with the band, Stevie spends his free time walking in the woods and Hills of the Highlands , where he lives.His passion is Trees.He has a small tree nursery, and holds a degree in Arboriculture.
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Robert PhoenixDate Posted:
Was that for the caption contest. I wish I did win that but no luck. I did win a very nice Prince Charlie outfit from Frugel Kilt Corner through the Brotherhood of the Kilt last year. I'm going to check out the CAD site and see what's going on. I need new music!
Member Name: Rindy
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2011
Hi Robert..lol May be. You won the last one didn't you? It's going to be a good year for them. Hope you'll come and visit more often. Give suggestions as well. The band is back on the forum and communicating once again.Slainte and Keep It Tribal
Member Name: Robert Phoenix
Date Posted: 01-Mar-2011
Yay!! New contest I hope.
Member Name: Rindy
Date Posted: 01-Mar-2011
The band is back to posting in the community forum. They've updated on what they've been doing and there's something special to come. I'm not saying a word, you'll have to come to the forum and see. I hope you will join up and be part of the forum. Clann An Drumma KEEP IT TRIBAL
Member Name: Rindy
Date Posted: 17-Feb-2011
Just had news. Clann An Drumma aren't out of the picture just yet. They will be back stronger than ever so watch this thread or go to www.clannandrumma.com to learn more.Slainte
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