The Picts are primarily a Scottish Celtic rock band.
The Picts have played extensively throughout the UK and Europe headlining Scotland’s Hogmany celebrations in both Glasgow and Stirling. They have played at festivals such as The World Pipe Band Championships, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and T in the Park; Scotland biggest music festival. Likewise in Europe The Picts have played at events such as The Interceltique Festival of Lorient, France (The world’s biggest Celtic festival).
The Picts are in a unique position, in that they can adapt to various events. They can play contemporary Country Rock sets, Americana, Scottish and Irish music for the Scottish, Irish and Pan-Celtic festivals and they can also do ‘Tribal’ drum and pipes music sets off and on stage. In contrast they can also provide acoustic sets with Scottish traditional music or Burns songs and poems for the likes of renaissance festivals, Scottish / Caledonian societies and Burns Clubs. As Full time working musicians at home, the band can also play a huge selection of cover songs and ceilidh rock sets for all types of private functions.
Our set at Celtic/ Folk concerts, festivals and Highland Games is generally a crafted combination of
all these styles and sounds, focusing mainly on the Celtic Rock music and songs. In a number of sets we use the raw energy of the tribal drums and pipes to give variation to the sound; the band members swap their instruments for drums and percussion to create a thunderous, powerful, blood stirring backdrop for the solo piper or accordionist to play the jigs and reels to.
When the band are on tour or playing at Festivals music is a combination of the traditional and the original; well known Scottish and Irish tunes are mixed with compositions from various band members. Likewise the songs are both original and traditional; the original (folk, rock, celtic and Americana) are from the pen of The Picts’ front man and singer, Douglas McQueen Hunter. The traditional songs are from Scottish and Irish roots, and folk music. The band also play many well known crowd pleasers.
As full time professional musicians the band also play many types of gigs throughout the year from huge corporate functions to private weddings and at charity gigs. For all these events they draw on their huge list of contemporary cover songs and ceilidh-rock sets.
The Picts Biography
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