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‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ Blowing The Roof Off Concord, N.H. ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’, Feb. 6, 2014: Picture Gallery I.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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For the concert ‘review’ post — click here.


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Even more later!

Promise —
didn’t I put these up despite being crazy busy trying to finish another book?


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Public Participation, ~60 People, At “Alton Central School” Deliberative Session, On Saturday Highlights Flaccidity Of ACS So Called ‘Strategic Plan’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.halfbaked

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Anura Guruge


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#1 objective is
supposedly
to increase parent and community participation
in school related activities to 85%.

But, as I pointed out, there is NO PLAN, whatsoever, as to how they will go about doing it
OR
how the achievement of this objective would be measured.

They don’t even specify the caveats for the 85%
— like whether it is the entire Alton population or just the adults.

Yep.

60 people at the Deliberative Session.

Yes, I didn’t attend. They have made it very clear, at the last meeting that I attended, that they didn’t want to see my brown face again.
So I am obliging. I have better things to do.

Since they say a picture is worth 1,000 word (even mine) let me just share with you what I think of this ACS Strategic Pipe Dream
— yes, I am tempted to call it another type of dream but I don’t think they could manage that.

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‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ Blew The Roof Off The ‘Capitol Center for the Arts’ In Concord, N.H. On Thursday Night, February 6.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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They truly rocked in every sense of the word.
They had the , average age 40+, crowd on their feet bopping
— Deanna in the lead.

Yes, as is expected, and taken for granted by the kids,
we had center, front-row seats

— which made the experience even grander.

It was a throbbing, internal organ shaking, but never disconcordant,
non-stop, pounding barrage of Bag-Rock.

A solid wall of sound: pipes, snare, heavy 6-string bass, rhythm guitar, keyboard and percussion.

For the second time in a week, at a concert,
I felt very proud to be British

— not that I ever need any excuses to feel proud about being British.


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Whatever you might say about me you can’t honestly deny that I do not know my pipe bands. I have been following pipe and drum bands, avidly, for two decades. So, I know when I see a good one — and these lads definitely qualify. The piping is definitely up there. Top tier (or at least pretty damn close to it). The young (and per the girls, the very cute) snare drummer, supposedly an eight-time world champion, with the fastest hands in Scotland, was amazing. Very, very good. Having actually played in a marching drum band I know a good snare when it starts to rap. He was good. The drummer was excellent. Very talented as was the 6-string bass player — who gave the impression that he was so competent that he could do this in his sleep (or even more inebriated that the one bottle of Scotch that he is supposed to consume before the show). Actually IF I may be bold enough to add a suggestion: these lads would be EVEN BETTER if they let their hair down a bit more! Wow. Yes, for a band from Glasgow (with an ex-Pat, from all places, Minnesota), this group is very professional. A tad too clinical. SORRY. That is good. They will NEVER do a bad or even a sub-par concert. They will always put on a good show — according to their script. Enough said. not really a criticism.

Here is MY ultimate accolade to them. As a well-know, “Seven Nations” devotee (who has seen them in action since 1998), I tend to grade all the bag-rock groups relative to them. Well, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers were so good in Concord that I will forgo that comparison and just say that they deserve to stand on their own. Bravo.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers are on tour in the U.S. — playing New York tonight and tomorrow etc. Check out the dates and make sure to catch them. You will thank me for that recommendation.





Thank YOU “William Gile” Trust for this free concert.

The three “William Gile” trust committee members that introduced the show. Thank you. Great job.

I could NOT believe that there were empty seats. Yes, I know it was cold.
But, these lads deserved a packed house — and so did the trust.
But, c’est la vie.

Those of us who were there were in for a TREAT.

Thank YOU, ALL.



More pictures soon. Promise.


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