Enter the Haggis To Release CD & Show On PBS

Published: 2004-04-12
One of Canada's greatest treasures and exports is the Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis. The Toronto band takes the traditional sounds of Celtic music to the next level. Armed with a classically trained fiddle player who never stops moving and can set the world on fire with his playing; and a highland piper who hails from Glasgow, members of Enter the Haggis attract a large following everywhere they go.

Fiddle player Brian Buchanan and piper Craig Downie also write original material for the band. Downie's tunes tend to be light and on the comical side like a pipe playing kilt wearing Mexican or playing the pipes on Mars; while Buchanan writes haunting melodies that stay with you and go far beyond his young years. Brian may be the youngest member in the band, but he is a master of performance on stage. Electric guitar duties are handled by Trevor Lewington. At times Trevor also brings an interesting fashion statement to the band with a spider web design kilt and sandels. Nova Scotia native Mark Abraham handles bass duties for the band. A quiet one off stage, Mark knows how to lay down a rhythm once he hits the stage. And then there's Seamus Campbell who holds it all together while hiding behind his drum set. The kilt wearing boys of Enter the Haggis have shared the stage with the likes of Nickelback, Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, Seven Nations, and Bruce Cockburn to name just a few.

The members of Enter the Haggis spend a lot of time on the road touring Canada and the eastern half of the US. The band is currently on tour promoting their newest CD "Casualties of Retail" which will be available later this month. Haggis heads can purchase CDs from Enter the Haggis at the live shows, or via the band's website at www.enterthehaggis.com. Last December the band recorded a live show for PBS. Fans should be seeing the show on the next fundraising campaign for PBS in June. Fans may contact their local PBS stations now to request the show for the June line up.

Fans who can't wait to see Enter the Haggis on TV can catch them on the following dates:

April 29 Toronto – Lee's Place (CD release party)
May 19 Ottawa – Canadian Tulip Festival
May 30 St. Catherines – Niagara Falls Folk Arts Festival
July 9 Courtnay – Vancouver Island Music Festival
August 7 Quebec City – Fetes de la Nouvelle – France
August 22 – Owen Sound – Summerfolk Music Festival

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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