Discography & Press

Discography

Scottish Rogues 1995
Hollerin' for Haggis! 1996
Live in Canada, Eh? 1997
Off Kilter 1999
The Rogues 5.0 2001
Made in Texas Double CD 2003
Made in Texas DVD 2003
Roguetrip 2005
American Highlander 2008
3 LBS of Rage 2010
Hellbound Sleigh 2013

Recent Shows

 Annapolis Irish Festival Annapolis, MD
Guest Artist with Air Force Symphony Washington, DC
Maryland Renaissance Festival Annapolis, MD
Columbus Scottish Festival Columbus, IN
WV Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering Bridgeport, WV
Firelake Grand Casino Oklahoma City, OK
Monte Carlo Casino Las Vegas, NV
North Texas Irish Festival Dallas, TX
Celtic Fling Manheim, PA
Celtic Fest Chicago Chicago, IL
US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Alma Highland Games Alma MI
Mykonos, Greece
Detroit Highland Games Detroit, MI
Almonte Celtic Festival Almonte, Ottawa, CANADA
Fergus Scottish Festival Fergus, Otario, CANADA
Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival Manheim, PA
Floydfest Floyd, VA
Frog and Onion Pub Bermuda
Scarborough Faire Waxahachie, TX
Dickens On The Strand Galveston, TX


Reviews
 (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


Marc Gunn Of CelticMusicPodcast.com, "They shook the world with revolutionary bagpipe and drum music and led to a dozen imitators."



Piper and Drummer Magazine
OFF KILTER CD review by Andrew Berthoff

The Rogues Create a Celtic Joyride

Only a decade ago, most North American Celtic groups were just loose imitations of bands like Battlefield, Tannahill Weavers, and Osian. Today, the United States, in particular, appears to be not just riding the wave of interest in Celtic music, but creating its own tidal force.

The Rogues - the Houston, Texas, quartet of two pipers and two percussionists – have just released "Off Kilter," their fourth recording, which presents a quite unique and distinctly modern take on the Celtic idiom.

It would be a mistake for competing pipers and drummers to take one look at the group and dismiss them as a bunch of Rob Roy revivalists, like those seen around many North American Highland games. The Rogues’ puffy shirted look is part of the overall spectacle.

"Off Kilter" is a distinctly modern approach to piping and drumming. But, unlike many of today’s Celtic music groups, The Rogues don’t seem to have much time for synthesizers or anything electronic, for that matter. With only one exception, their stuff is done using traditional instruments.

Their music, though, is anything but traditional. "Off Kilter" is a ceilidh of musical surprises, the most intriguing of which seem to be from piper Lars Sloan. Three tracks in particular – "Miss. P.," "’Scuse Me?" and "Guinness Dog" – are wonderfully creative. From the dog barking samples in "Guinness Dog" to the bizarre vocal interjections in "’Scuse Me?," Sloan’s compositions put an accent on fun, and usually come up with a percussion groove that makes the pipe music surge.

And it is the percussion that is perhaps the best overall part of "Off Kilter." Bodhran, congas, bongos, claves, and God knows what else drive the whole thing along at a crazy pace. The only parts of the recording that get a bit ponderous are the points where the groups goes only with Highland pipes and pipe band snare, as in the start of the last track of hornpipes and reels. It’s relatively unexciting, but then the group gets grooving again with drum set and a more driving tempo.

"Off Kilter" is a difficult thing to summarize musically. The piping is very good, the instruments are well tuned, and the spirit is intensely positive. One thing’s for sure: the piping puritans will hate it.

Maryland Renaissance Festival 
Artistic Director Carolyn Spedden

Sixteen seasons ago, I introduced a new band to The Maryland Renaissance Festival, an outdoor entertainment venue which draws over 300,000 patrons in nineteen days.  This band had a unique style, presenting bagpipes and drums in a way most people had never heard.  I was very impressed with their CD, and was curious to what the response would be from our patrons.

On the Rogues' first performance day I stood at the back of the crowd to observe.  By the end of the first song the crowd went wild.  The atmosphere was charged with energy.  The response was terrific and has stayed that way over many seasons.  

Their sound and style has changed a bit over the years, but the excitement and devotion of their fans has not.  They have always been an extremely popular band at The Maryland Renaissance Festival.

In addition to being fine musicians, they are very professional as well.  And those two things don't always go together!  They are exceptionally dependable, prepared, and are always flexible with any changes that sometimes happen during the event.  Working in an outdoor environment can be incredibly difficult.  Our season is late August through October and the weather can start out near 100 degrees and be 50 degrees and cloudy by the end of the run.  Yet the band has always fulfilled their commitment to the venue and their fans and played with enthusiasm no matter what the weather conditions.

Whether it is with a festival, special event, or in a concert setting, your patrons will enthusiastically respond to The Rogues.