MEET WIGHT HOT PIPES
Kieron(Piping Hot Doc) - A champion piper with medals for solo piping contests in Scotland and a member of the Portsmouth based Rose and Thistle Pipe band. Piping is in his blood being brought up in pipe bands and having a lifelong experience of solo and band performances. With solo gigs ranging from University of Cambridge May Balls to wedding celebrations up the Spinnaker Tower and from Cross Solent party ferries to the turret of Carisbrooke Castle. No job too big or small he says. He is the Honorary piper for the Isle of Wight British Legion and Caledonian Society and with close links to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice Kieron can be seen and heard all over the Isle of Wight on and off all year long at various functions and charity events. And with a 7ft 6 stature in his highland bonnet he sure can be seen and heard from a long way away! But when he plays with WHP look out for the fingers, they not only move pretty quick they can often be seen to glisten in the lights, fingers on fire or what! He recently decided push the boundaries of bagpipe music into a new era and his determination led to the birth of Wight Hot Pipes.
Tori (Vox) Blain - The voice of WHP’s and second percussionist, Tori views herself as a happy accident for the band and has been on a steep learning curve since joining them in 2010. She admits to feeling excited but a little nervous still before a gig, smiling but with knocking knees! Not that you would know this once the kilt and boots are on and the music starts. Although a keen traveller Tori is happiest on her Island home. She has an interesting array of past times; motorcycles, kayaking, caving, mountain biking and abseiling to name a few! Our action girl has done several charity parachute jumps and has participated in the London Bikeathon. Tori counts herself lucky to have a diverse ancestry of some note and enjoys exploring her ancient European family tree, blaming this for her cosmopolitan tastes and love of shoes, (which is almost on par with her love of cake and flying saucer sweets!) Big hearted, quick witted and fun loving you can’t help but catch her infectious smile.
Andrea (McFingers) - Having rekindled her interest in keyboards after a number of years, Andrea has brought her own ideas and style to the band. A complete task master at rehearsal, full of enthusiasm and ideas, she’ll often sit behind the drum kit or pick up Stu’s bass to have a little play, she is also the proud owner of a full size piano accordion – as yet she still hasn’t gone near the pipes though! She is a keen sportswoman and a competent sailor, taking part in several sporting events each year. Funny, creative and the voice of reason are only a few of the qualities she has brought to the band, it goes without saying that her quirky sense of humour makes her feel right at home with the rest of us.
A fabulous guitarist of 25years experience. Started playing at school to get out of science lessons! and been playing in bands ever since. Biggest love is The Beetles, and drives his wfe Sam nuts with all his guitars cluttering up the home pad. Influences from Bon Jovi and Richie Samora.
Our talented singer, songwriter, bass player and drummer. Wight Hot Pipes is lucky to find such a talent. Meet the man writing and mixing music for Wight Hot Pipes ..
Smiling Sonny, our newest member, and how happy are we to introduce this fabulous bass player to our unique genre of bag rock.