Starting in late 2001, Tartanic began touring the United States branching out from Texas and in their current season in 2009, have been gracing stages in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Dallas, San Antonio, and other cities in Southern California, Northern California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Georgia.
Mixing bagpipe classics like "Amazing Grace" with "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and "Smoke on the Water" the act acquired quite a following. The show delivers comedy within a Celtic/World/Rock show. Even original and contemporary tunes screaming out on bagpipes are nearly overcome with the complicated thunder of all the drums. As Becca Bacon Martin of the Morning News in Northwest Arkansas wrote in article from a January performance in Eureka Springs, "It's like a rock ‘n’ roll unplugged bagpipe theater show without a plot,[Tartanic] is a fully audience-integrated show that goes against the usual band formula.” On Chicago’s WGN, Tartanic rolled out the rock for the WGN Morning News as a featured musical act in 2006. Now in talks for a film soundtrack on a major theatrical release, it appears as if the world will be “exposed” to these men—if not the other way around.
Dressed in kilts and sunglasses, Tartanic gives its audiences a barrage of sound from not one but TWO Highland Bagpipes, and three percussionists. Imagine one dancer, six drums, six drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high-volume, all brought to you by five men without pants.
The sound is driven by the melodies brought by bagpipers Mike McNutt and Andrew Beck. McNutt is a sound engineer from Tennessee. Mike has mixed everything from country western music to bagpipes, and has since relocated to Boston. Having released his second of two solo albums, Mike carries the torch for taking the ancient skirl of bagpipes to the modern age. Andrew Beck, the band's youngest member is a trained Emergency Medical Technician, and award-winning piper from upper Michigan. Andrew also cultivates the next level of “master pipers” in an exclusive bagpipe conservatory he teaches every summer in Milwaukee.
Together, the sound is undeniable—even miles away. With the skills of not one, but two, award-winning bagpipers, Tartanic is a force to be reckoned with.
The future looks very bright for Tartanic, with two new albums just released in 2008. Unleashed is by far the most professional live recording of “rock ‘n’ roll bagpipes” the band has ever released, giving amazing sonic quality to the raucous show. The new studio release, Uncivilized, captures the true range of all Tartanic’s musicians and then some.
In 2009, Tartanic LLC released Unavoidable, a compilation of the last seven years of music. The scope covers Tartanic from its inception with tracks currently out-of-print. In addition to the unavailable tracks found on this CD, a BRAND NEW live recording of “Amazing Grace D-Town Slugga Mix” is featured as the album’s closer. It is a fresh arrangement of the most requested tune ever… in the history of ever.
New expressions in dance, tribal, swing and even hip-hop fusions of Great Highland bagpipes and world percussion flow through solid engineering to bring an audio landscape full of uncharted terrain. Tartanic sails strongly with the wind at their back, and the music always at high tide.
Adrian Walter: vocals, bodhran, doumbek, tuppan, guitar and mixed percussion
Mike McNutt: Great Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Guitar
Andrew Beck: Vocals, Great Highland Bagpipes, Guitar
David Duncan: Great Highland Bagpipes, dudelsac, bass guitar
Max McDougall: percussion, drum kit
Unstoppable, 2007 (purchase)
Uncensored, 2007 (purchase)
Unmistakeable, 2005 (purchase)
Unthinkable, 2004 (purchase)