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Alumni Harry Richards on piping collaborations and the future

Harry Richards (R’ 15) has had a good few weeks performing with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. They had an impromptu busking gig with double Brit nominee Tom Walker, putting a Scottish twist on his single Leave a Light On. They performed on the Streets of Glasgow outside the Royal Concert Hall as well as at Murrayfield for Scotland’s opening Six nations game against Italy. It has sparked a frenzy of people wanting the band to release a single with him, the gig on Buchannan Street went viral with almost 2 million views online.

The BBC quickly caught sight of the busking gig and they were invited down to the BBC Live at the Quay Sessions with Roddy Hart to play with Tom Walker. This aires tonight at 9pm on Radio Scotland.

Harry has been a member of the band for 3 years and has also played with Grade 1 band St Lawrence O’Toole from Dublin and competed at the very highest level.

Craig Muirhead, Strathallans’s Piping Instructor said:

“It has been a really exciting week for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and I am delighted for my friends in the band, particularly our former school Pipe Major Harry Richards.”

Speaking to Harry on the past few weeks he said:

“The last few weeks have been quite surreal to be honest. It all seems a bit of a blur with a lot of cool things going on. A new album and a summer of touring is next in the pipeline so I’m just going to keep riding this wave and see where it takes me next! No doubt you’ll hear me before you see me.”

And on what we can expect in the future he said:

“We also have a 4 week tour of the states starting in March and after this, I’m straight back into the studio to record the Red Hot Chilli Pipers latest album.”

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers single with Tom Walker ‘Leave the light on’ is now available on all major download sites! Let’s get #Bagpipes in the charts…