the many new versatile formations playing Celtic music today, Dermot
Hyde and Tom Hake's PIPELINE occupy a special position. PIPELINE
is an exciting new duo with Dermot Hyde on uilleann pipes, whistles,
vocals, small pipes, and Tom Hake playing bouzouki, guitar and harp.
The two musicians offer a repertoire which comprises both traditional
and brand new music from Ireland, Scotland, Galicia, and Brittany
– not forgetting the tunes and songs of the typical "emigration-lands",
America, Canada and Australia. PIPELINE appears to be the only duo
in the business that is able to combine the real genuine article,
– "frighteningly beautiful music", with what audiences
call their "unrivalled and original sense of entertainment."
And it's this very mixture which makes the two musicians and their
show unique .
The dance music and songs,
as well as the moving airs of all the Celtic lands are represented
here, played innovatively on a vast battery of instruments from
bagpipes to bouzoukis, from flutes to drums. All the while the audience
is treated to a "mesmerising collage of sound", interspersed
with a witty informative stage presence.
Dermot Hyde straps on his Irish Bagpipes and grasps for his flute,
Tom Hake uses the chance and explains the importance of the love
song in the lives of generations of Celts. Hake's fingers glide
over the strings of the Celtic harp to the strains of a soulful
romantic melody, and then the pipes enter. Overwhelming conviction.
The audience closes its eyes and is immediately transposed into
a new and very different world. The moment forces its way into your
soul. This is music. This is what life is about!"
and Hake’s music has its foundations within the sound traditions
of all the Celtic countries including Ireland, Scotland, Brittany
and Galicia. PIPELINE mix the old with the new. Revolving around
an uilleann pipes and guitar-bouzouki base, both men develop the
project widely to achieve new and varied soundscapes. Songs, slow
airs as well as high-speed dance music – it all belongs together."
a musical pedigree that is beyond question, Hyde and Hake understand
how to take music to the people. Both men bring with them an innate
ability to touch an audience, born from years of experience on stage
and in the theatre.
don't need any introductions, – they are their own master of