Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dickens on the Strand

December 7th and 8th The Rogues will once again be appearing at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, TX. Come on out and kick off the holiday season at this very fun Victorian Christmas themed street festival.

The Rogues have stage shows on both Saturday and Sunday as follows:

SATURDAY

11:30-12:00 Crystal Palace Stage - on Mechanic between 21st and 22nd
 3:00-3:30    London Wharf at the Texas Seaport Museum (Elissa)
5:30-6:00    Crystal Palace Stage

SUNDAY

11:30-12:00 Leister Square - 24th and Strand
1:00-1:30    Marble Arch Stage - the steps on Mechanic between 22nd and 23rd
4:00-4:30    Westminster Abbey Stage - 23rd and Strand

Plus, we'll be doing lots of street shows! Home base is Murphy's Irish Pub where we'll probably play a set or two. Drop by and see us!

This will also be the first gig since our Christmas CD, Hellbound Sleigh, has come out and we will have plenty of copies for everyone to purchase and take home. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hellbound Sleigh Shipping Soon

If you have pre-ordered our 10th album, Hellbound Sleigh, you will be delighted to know that we are expecting the discs from the manufacturer a week earlier than expected. This means orders will begin shipping out late next week!

If you haven't ordered yet and would like to ensure you receive the CD before Christmas please place your orders now by clicking here.

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Rogues Album - Hellbound Sleigh - Available in December

Hellbound Sleigh, the 10th and newest album by The Rogues, will be available in CD format in a few days beginning the first week of December.  The downloadable format is available NOW.  
 
After a much-anticipated wait, the final product delivers the quality expected from a Rogues album, as well as being the most creative CD to date.  To quote Randy Wothke, the founder of the group, "I didn't want an album like some other bagpipe Christmas CDs I've heard that were just a bagpipe playing Christmas tunes - and some of the tunes didn't really even work on the bagpipe.  I always wanted something more sophisticated with interesting arrangements."  If you liked the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums then you will want to listen to this.

First expected to be out in August and then in October, there were delays involving recording in different states, and while people were on tour, which makes logistics harder to iron out.  After that is the mixing process, and then mastering, which takes a while as well.  And during the recording/mixing process, the artwork and graphics for the album are being created.  Todd Shearer did a fantastic job with the cover art and graphics layout for the CD.  

The band talked for years about recording a Christmas album, and now it is finally here.  If you'd like to order yours in time for Christmas just go to http://www.therogues.com/p/hellbound-sleigh.html

For track samples and digital downloads please visit our page at CDBaby.

The Rogues in Sunny Sarasota

The Rogues just finished up our first-ever weekend at the Sarasota Medieval Fair in sunny Sarasota, FL.
Ewan, Jamie, Bryan, Randy - Photo courtesty Sarasota Medieval Fair
What a great festival.  Everyone was extremely friendly, especially the management when they scrambled to find us a hotel room instead of an RV space at the last minute when the RV broke down 30 miles north of Sarasota the day before the show.
Jamie Everett - Photo courtesy Sarasota Medieval Fair
The site was beautiful and we had a great stage near the front gate that we shared with Bones Medieval Mysteries.  He has a great magic show you should see if you ever get the chance.

The weather was beautiful and the stage was right next to a kumquat tree so the smell of citrus was always in the air.  Couldn't have asked for more.  Ewan, Bryan and Randy were joined by first-timer Jamie Everett, who stepped in at the last minute to fill in the 2nd piper spot.  He did a great job learning our material quickly and fit right in.  All in all it was a fantastic weekend and we hope to be back next year - without the breakdown.