Oregon Piper ON ICE!
Over the years I've found myself piping in some pretty bizarre locations, but this one really was the "icing" on the cake. *cymbal crashes to the floor* I'm sorry, I couldn't help it with Christmas (Halloween?) right around the corner!
As part of a Hendricks Gin event, myself and famous accidental comedian Ted McKnight piped/drummed a horde of day drinking employees out onto the ice, where they were immediately warned by one of the curling coaches: "DO YOUR BEST NOT TO HIT YOUR HEADS ON THE ICE!"
I r sMarTs now after this event! The Hendricks Gin distillery located in Scotland (and owned by Glenfiddich) is apparently less than one mile away from a little island that supposedly provides 99% of the worlds curling stones, and traditionally competitors were indeed marched out onto the ice by a bagpiper. Who knew!? Definitely not me. Think of all the curling gigs I could have played in the last 14 years...
Anyways, the acoustics were great out there on the ice. If it wasn't a 32 degree environment it would actually be a great practice location! THIS JUST IN! Ancient bagpiper found frozen in ice - suspected to be at least 28 years old. Experts say this may provide answers to how bored ancient society must have been.
Special thanks to Mark from Hendricks Gin, who agrees that day drinking, a hazardous environment, and the sound of the bagpipe is a match made in heaven.