OK, so it’s time again for high winds, evil leprechauns, disgusting green beer and arming yourself with a stout shillelagh. Lighten up dude, it’s also time for the good things ... remember parades and bagpipes?
We usually only think of bagpipes once a year, around St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe the occasional funeral (or even a wedding, in my case). But to the members, family, and friends of Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes and Drums, every day is like St. Patrick’s Day.
Mac-Tire of Skye (or MTS) rehearses each Thursday night in a big beautiful church on the Westside of Albuquerque. I showed up looking for bursting stained glass; instead, I found the group in the sturdier Sunday School room.
MTS first shuffled onto the local bagpipe scene—yes, we do have a local bagpipe scene—at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2008. "Mac-Tire” is an ancient Gaelic word meaning "wolf." And in the immortal words of Duran Duran they are indeed hungry like one. MTS even staged a photo shoot with real wolves. They were reminded to remove all meat products from their pockets, as a safety precaution. (But did they?)
MTS says the road ahead includes becoming a competitive band in addition to its performance band status. Its future is well tuned and the group continues to grow in size and popularity. MTS says you can be certain that it's here to stay. Best wishes, or as they say in the old brogue tongue, Beir bua agus beannacht!