Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dickens on the Strand 2014

The Rogues will once again be performing at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, TX on December 6 and 7. Come on out for a great weekend of music and shopping.

Here's our schedule of shows:


12:00 Westminster Abbey (23rd/Strand)
3:30    London Wharf  (Elissa)
6:00    Trafalgar  (Strand between 21st/22nd)


12:00  Crystal Palace (Mechanic between 21st/22nd )
2:30    Trafalgar (Strand between 21st/22nd)

A Great Time at The Rogues 20th Anniversary Show

On November 22nd The Rogues had the honor of performing our 20th Anniversary show in Houston at McGonigel's Mucky Duck.  What a night!  Lots of friends came out, some driving 4-5 hours to get there.  It was 20 years ago that the "Scottish Rogues" had our first performance at the Texas Renaissance Festival.  We had just finished our first cassette tape, self-titled, and had figured out that if we could sell one tape per show then we'd break even, or if we could sell two then we'd make a profit.  You can imagine our surprise at the end of the first day when we had sold 140!  It was amazing to see Virginia Lamp, our salesperson from that first show, at the Duck and looking like she hasn't changed a bit.  Thanks to all of our friends through the years that came out to see the show, and special thanks for everyone who traveled in from the DFW area.  Hopefully we'll be scheduling some shows in your neck of the woods soon.  The band set a new personal record for the most sets played in one show - 27!  It takes a lot of lung power to play that much music on a bagpipe.  Kudos to Jimmy MItchell and Doug Frobese.  Bryan Blaylock and Randy Wothke rounded out the drum section, and we were joined by Brian Thomas, 2nd Horn in the Houston Symphony for a redo of Bonny Portmore from the 5.0 and Made in Texas CDs.  Thanks to the Mucky Duck for providing a great venue for the show as always.  Look for us at Dickens on the Strand next weekend, December 6-7 in Galveston, TX.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Celtic Music Magazine Reviews Hellbound Sleigh

(Celtic Music Magazine - November 18, 2014)

When The Rogues' “Hellbound Sleigh” came up for review I jumped at it - even though I'm generally a stickler for not listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. This, I thought, would be a fun addition to my Christmas music collection.  I figured it would be weirdly irreverent with the title. I was surprised.

Apart from the title track, Hellbound Sleigh is mostly a lovely  and lively collection of familiar Christmas and Holiday songs - some stand alone, others as part of medleys. Most are instrumental with pipes and bagpipes, violins and drums - along with other instruments that do give these time-honored classics unique elements. For the traditional Celts, and because there aren't that many New Year's songs, The Rogues appeal to all with "Ros' Hogmanay".

I have friends who are bellydancers. I can totally see this album as the base of a holiday-themed dance routine for them. There's a tribal sense to the instrumentals that make you want to move to the rhythm. That's not so hard to imagine since there are tracks like "March, Pat-a-Pan and Reel" and "Christmas Eve Reel/The Maple Leaf/Joy to the World" medley.

There are amazing - and different - combinations of songs on this album, too. I wouldn't ever have considered melding "Jingle Bells" with "Good King Wenceslas", but this works. It really works - to the point that I'm really looking forward to having this in my Christmas playlist just for the fact that it's “different” and very intricate and cool. My church has a symphonic violin player.  I'm very tempted to make him listen to "O Holy Night/Ave Maria" because it's beautifully performed and haunting at the same time. The skill and musicianship is intricate and skilled.

If you're like me and buy a new Christmas album each year, this is the one to get this year.

Rhonda Eudaly - Celtic Music Magazine

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She's ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience.  She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on www.RhondaEudaly.com.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Free Shipping on Hellbound Sleigh for the Holidays!

With the holidays approaching fast, don't forget to get your copy of Hellbound Sleigh, the amazing bagpipe Christmas CD by The Rogues.   With free shipping from now until the end of the year this is the best time to order.  That's a savings of $2.99, and we guarantee you'll love it.  It features not only Highland bagpipes but also small pipes, whistle, violin, guitar, keyboard and tons of percussion in unique original arrangements.  Now everyone can have what's missing from their Christmas music collections - Bagpipes!

Here's what some of our fans have to say about the album:
"A new sound on some nice classics. The family loves it!! Well done gents."
Jason - MD.

"Just listened to it again yesterday.  Great musicians rendering classic Christmas tunes in a manner that will make you feel a celtic celebration. We will be listening to it many times this holiday season! Wonderful job!"
Thomas and Vicki Bailey - Odenton, MD

"It's not just another bagpipe Christmas CD. Each selection was given it's own unique instrumental identity, masterfully arranged and played as only The Rogues could."
Pam H. - Pennsboro, WV

"A one of a kind Christmas CD for the holiday season filled with drumming and piping."  
JS - Baltimore, MD

Sunday, November 2, 2014

20th Anniversary Concert

20 years is a long time for anything, but especially for a band.  Come out on November 22nd and help The Rogues celebrate their 20th anniversary in Houston where it all started.  McGonigel's Mucky Duck, our Houston home for many years, is hosting the show.  Look for appearances by former band members, plus the expertise of Brian Thomas, French hornist with the Houston Symphony.  We're presenting a chronological review of Rogues music through the years with a little help from our friends.  Come out and join the fun and help us make history!

For more information and to purchase tickets click here!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Accolades for The Rogues at John Strongbow's Tavern

Kashira, Ewan and Randy
On October 11th The Rogues played a new venue in Alexandria, VA.  John Strongbow's is a new tavern featuring a medieval dinner show in the great hall upstairs as well as a modern pub downstairs,  and the staff is dressed in medieval garb.  Thanks to all who came out to support The Rogues.  It was a full house and you helped us make a great impression.  So much so that we have a standing invitation to play there anytime we want.  Thanks also to Kashira (Stacy) for the belly dancing and anyone who was up and moving to the music.  For our future shows we recommend their medieval dinner (which is usually sold out) and then staying for the show.  Randy, Ewan and Kyle were assisted by Ed Fuller of Whiskey Wagon on hand drums and he did a great job, as well as Cherry helping out with the sales table.  We're looking forward to the next show there in the future.  Watch the website for future dates.

Monday, October 6, 2014

John Strongbow's Tavern October 11 Alexandria, VA

The Rogues will be appearing for the first time at John Strongbow's Tavern in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, October 11th. They are a brand new tavern so help us show them how great Rogues fans are. The show is 9:30-12:30 and tickets are $20. Right now this is the ONLY show The Rogues are doing in the MDRF area this year, so don't miss this one. Hope to see you there!

 Check in on our Facebook event and let us know you're attending!
John Strongbow's Tavern
710 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 836-4000
Click for reservations

*There has been some confusion regarding the ticket pricing. Use the code "Knights Templar" when ordering online or by phone to purchase tickets for $20. Otherwise you will pay $29 + tax and also receive either two servings of a specific beer (Octoberfest?) or one serving of mead. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sherwood Celtic Festival

On September 27-28 The Rogues will be performing at the Sherwood Celtic Festival in MacDade, Tx near Austin.  This is on the site of the Sherwood Forest Faire, which is a medieval/renaissance festival that takes place in February and March.  This will be the band's first time to perform at the Celtic festival.  The folks who run the Celtic Festival and Sherwood Forest Faire have done a great job creating a unique festival and grounds.  There are over 30 bands performing and vendors as well

10:00 am to dusk, and they have camping available.  Come out and help The Rogues rock the house!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Recap

With a beautiful blue sky, cool temperatures and the amazing Mt. Rainier as a backdrop, The Rogues performed for only the 2nd time in 7 years at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival in Bonney Lake, WA.

The Rogues performed all three weekends of the festival as well as the evening concert Saturday night after close. The band had a blast at the festival and the concert and hope to be able to return to Washington regularly in the future. The staff is wonderful here and feel more like friends than employers. The friendliness of the staff and performers and the patrons is what we remembered most from our first visit 7 years ago. That and the beautiful area.

 The Rogues' line-up for this show is Randy Wothke on drums and keyboard, Jesse Bills on pipes, Kay Campbell (Kristen Jensen) on fiddle, and guest drummer Rich Teachout on bodhran. who also helped out at the Northwest Pacific Scottish Games the week before.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us! For more info on the Washington Midsummer Renaissance festival go to http://www.washingtonfaire.com/

The Rogues next performance will be at the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival in McDade, TX (on the grounds of the Sherwood Forest Faire) Hope to see all of you there!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Rogues at the Odessa Celtic Concert and Northwest Pacific Scottish Games

 On July 19th the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX was home to the first Rogues show ever in west Texas.  The theater was beautiful, a very new facility located between Midland and Odessa, and a theater that the band hopes to return to again in the future.  The crowd was very appreciative, with dancing in the aisles from young and old alike.  

Thanks to Roy Raney for bringing us in to perform, and also his wife Shelley and the other volunteers for their hospitality with the awesome pre-show refreshments and accommodations.  We are looking forward to performing in west Texas again at the Midland Scottish-Irish Faire in March of 2015, and so hope to see more of our Texas/Oklahoma friends there.  

The performers were Jimmy Mitchell, Bryan Blaylock, Randy Wothke and newcomer Jesse Bills on bagpipes as well.  Jesse is doing all of the Washington weekends with the band and will also be appearing with us at the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival September 26-27, at the site of the Sherwood Forest Faire, in McDade, TX. We invite you to come out and help support Texas Celtic music and festivals.  And if you haven't been to the Sherwood Forest Faire do yourself a favor and visit next year.  The owners and staff have put together quite a nice medieval festival just outside of Austin. 

The morning after the Odessa Celtic Concert Randy and Jesse hit the road in the RV up to Washington state for the Northwest Pacific Scottish Games and the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival.  This was our first time to appear at the Scottish Games in Enumclaw, with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier to boot.  Kay Campbell (Kristen Jensen) flew in Friday night to do all the Washington gigs with us on fiddle.  The Scottish games were her first official gig with The Rogues and Kay and the band were well-received.  We shared the stage with the Wicked Tinkers both days and jammed with them a little on Sunday.  They have a great show and hanging with them in the pub was a blast.  Thanks to Kate Freeburg and the Pacific Northwest Scottish Games for bringing us up for the first time, and we hope to make this a regular event in the future.  If you've never been to Washington state you don't know what you're missing.  The scenery is outstanding and with these two great events in late July and August there's no better time.  
The Rogues are currently playing at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival from August 2nd - 17th.    Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

 We hope to see all of our Northwest fans over he next three weeks at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. We'll be appearing all three weekends from August 2 - 17 as well as the first Saturday night after hours concert which is open to the public.

Daily shows are scheduled as follows:

11:00-12:00  The Hammered Troll Stage
3:30-4:30  The Hammered Troll Stage
4:30-5:30  Queen's Stage
The August 2 night concert starts at 8:00 pm at the Hammered Troll Pub at the front gate.  Bowi Band at 8:00,  The Rogues at 9:00.  Admission is $10.00, unless you are a participant or a red pass holder, in which case it is free.  Concert wristbands can be purchased from the pub wenches. The concert will be over about 10:00 pm but the pub will stay open until at least midnight.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games - July 26-27

The Rogues will be returning to Washington state for the first time since 2007 to perform at the 68th annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering on July 26-27.  We believe this is the longest-running continuous Scottish games in the country.  Joined for the first time officially by Kristen Jensen on fiddle they are looking forward to the opportunity to make new friends and fans.  That's right folks, a female Rogue... Kristen is multi-talented playing violin, piano, percussion, and is an expert hula-hooper and fire-hooper.  We hope to be able to work hooping into the show soon, so everyone ask her very politely. ;)  The band will have 3 shows on Saturday and Sunday on the South Stage alternating with the Wicked Tinkers, as well as a performance for the Evening Ceilidh starting at 6:30, also on the South Stage.  For more information about the games here's the link:  http://www.sshga.org/home.htm

If you can't attend the Scottish games then catch the band at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire the following three weekends, from August 2-17.  The Rogues performed at this show the first time in 2007 and have been trying to get back ever since.  We can attest that if you choose to make a road trip to Washington you won't regret it.  The scenery is absolutely incredible.  For more information on the renaissance festival go to:  http://www.washingtonfaire.com/  We hope to see you in Washington! We'll have our stages and show times for this festival posted shortly.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEW Bumper Stickers Now Available

We just received our shipment of new bumper stickers. Pick yours up today! Stickers are made of durable vinyl and are 10" x 2" in size with red lettering on a white background for only $2.50 each ($1.00 S&H) order multiple stickers from the drop down menu and receive discounts, the more you buy, the more you save and shipping remains just $1.00 for up to 10 stickers. What better way to show your support for your favorite drum and pipe band? Visit http://www.therogues.com/p/bumper-stickers.html to order yours!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Odessa Celtic Concert Official Commercial

Ohio Scottish Festival Recap

The Rogues received a great reception at the Ohio Scottish Festival in Wellington, Ohio on June 28th. It's been 9 or 10 years since the band last performed there, so it was great seeing familiar faces again.

The Rogues performed 3 official shows, and then again at the after party.  The weather was beautiful, the sound man, Paul, was excellent and we had am awesome time performing.  The pipers were Jimmy MItchell and Jesse Bills, with drummers Mark Sullivan and Randy Wothke.

Thanks to Theresa Mihalic Mosher for bringing the band back, and Chrissy Mihalic for the dancing contributions.   Special thanks to Pam and Gene Hoskins, who drove from West Virginia and assisted with the sales table, as well as Janice Sullivan for helping with the sales.  The after party was the most fun performance of the day, and the best part is that it's open to anyone.  And the available Twisted Kilt ale didn't hurt either.

The Games also has a week-long Scottish arts camp that is based in nearby Oberlin, the home of Oberlin College.  What a beautiful campus that is, and also boasts the Carnegie Library, donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1908.  It would definitely be worth the trip for anyone within driving distance to attend the Ohio Scottish Games next year.

Look for The Rogues next at the Odessa Celtic Concert in Odessa, TX on July 19th, and the next 4 weeks after that the band will be in Washington state for the Pacific Northwest Scottish Festival and the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ohio Scottish Games June 28

Just a reminder, we just days away now until our performance at the Ohio Scottish Games on June 28th. We've done this show before and they are great folks. Looking forward to a great show and hope to see all our Ohio friends there!

We will have t-shirts and CDs available, including the newest release, Hellbound Sleigh!

McGonigel's Mucky Duck Recap

The Rogues once again rocked McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston on May 15.  What a great night!  It's been years since the band has played an evening show at The  Duck.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support the band and have a good time.  The performers were Jimmy, Doug Frobese, Bryan and Randy, and we were joined on a few numbers by violinist Kristen Jensen from Houston, who will be joining the roster beginning in July when we head to Washington state.  She is classically-trained and proficient in Celtic fiddle and gypsy style music which she performs with Gypsy Dance Theater in Houston, as well as being a violin instructor.  We were also joined briefly on stage by Paul Rendon, one of the original drummers from 1994 when we were still called the Scottish Rogues, and a former drumming student of Randy's, Heath Behmer, who happened to be at the show and was asked to join in on djembe for a number or two.
This was also our goodbye party to good friends, Paul and Ros Shepherd, who are moving to Spain soon.  Ros and Paul have been HUGE supporters of Celtic and Scottish music in Houston for years, and their home is affectionately called "the house for wayward musicians."  Every year they throw a  hell of a Hogmanay party for new year's eve that ends with a parade around the neighborhood at midnight.  Good stuff and good memories!  The band hopes to be able to visit them in Spain as part of a tour in the near future and lead the parade there as well.  

We'd like to thank Missy Best for holding down the sales table for us, and of course McGonigel's Mucky Duck for having us back.  A great time was had by all and we look forward to doing it again in the near future.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

McGonigel's Mucky Duck May 15

The Rogues will be rockin' McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston at 9:30 pm on Thursday night May 15. It's been a few years since the band has been at the Duck for an evening concert and it feels great to be coming home to our favorite pub.

The last time the Rogues performed at The Duck was for the band's fundraiser for the Oklahoma tornado victims last June. You'll see familiar faces and we'll also be joined by new piper Jesse Bills from Oklahoma and new fiddle player Kristen Jensen from Houston. This is going to be a show you won't want to miss. Bring your dancing shoes and your friends down to The Duck for great music, food and drinks and help support live music in Houston.  Ticket prices are only $20 in advance or $22 at the door.

See you there!

Purchase tickets in advance online at http://tinyurl.com/The-Rogues. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans in Oklahoma

Join us this Monday March 17  from 7 - 10 pm at the Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee, OK for some piping and drumming that is sure to get your shamrocks shaking this St. Patrick's Day.