“The album is extremely brilliant!!!”
Fiona Elcoat, Generate Radio, UK, 2012
“Sail away with Celtica – Pipes Rock! on their new CD Oceans of Fire! Right away, you are invited on a special voyage, via a poem delivered with Scots panache. If you listen to the words, the adventure will be read more described to you- a cross between a pirate in search of plunder, and an explorer discovering exotic destinations. Then the first musical selection begins, and it’s a lot like the beginning of the Pirates of the Carribbean ride, when your boat suddenly speeds up and sails down a steep, narrow tunnel-it’s dark, and smokey, and loud, and you just know you are going to have a fantastic time!
The seventeen cuts on the CD mostly continue the voyage you have embarked on. “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor,” a rowdy rendition of an old time favorite, and later, with “Have Some Whiskey,” you’ll find yourself getting into the spirit as you metaphorically sit on deck with your grog, singing along. The theme carries through with the traditional sound of “Champion of the Seas” and titles like “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”, “Aye, Aye, Captain” and “White Whale” and ending, appropriately with “Coming Home.” My favorite of these is “The Last Voyage of the Great Micheal,” a driving instrumental with pipes and guitar blazing in tandem.
Oh-and one departure from the “ship” that is sure to please is called “Celtica Goes To Hollywood” and is five minutes or so of the Celtica take on themes from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, and of course, Pirates of the Carribbean.
The music is rock, and the lead instrument is bagpipe. Specifically Great Highland Bagpipe, a powerful and exciting sound combined with guitar and bass and the brilliant Lukas Rausch on drums. The members of this group come from all around the globe-from California and Arizona to Scotland and Austria. […] It’s an eclectic group, and I wish I could see their live show, which includes flame throwing and fire juggling! […]“
Ann Peck McBride, 2013; http://67music.net/reviews/celtica-pipes-rock
1. The Voyage
2. Cape Horn
3. What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor
4. Sailing the Seven Seas
5. Have Some Whisky!
6. The Pipes and the Mermaid
7. Champion of the Seas / Crossing the Minch
8. Jolly Roger
9. Cork Hill / the Goat Herd
10. Loch Lomond / Paddy's Leather Breeches
11. The Last Voyage of the Great Michael
12. Celtica Goes to Hollywood
13. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
14. Aye, Aye, Capt'n
15. White Whale
16. Amazing Grace
17. Coming Home