Ross Miller - Bagpipes
Craig Irivng - Guitar
Charlie Stewart - Fiddle, Double Bass
Rory Matheson - Piano
Callum Edwards - Drums, percussion, marching snare drum
Craig Baxter - Bodhran
Produced by Ross Miller and Craig Irving
Recorded and mixed by Gus Stirrat at Solas Sounds
Mastered by Peter Beckmann
Photography by Martin Venherm
Layout & image manipulation by Louise Bichan
Record Label - Avontoun Records
In this, his debut album, Ross has swapped the competition platform for a contemporary sound featuring full band arrangements, some stripped back performances and everything in between. There’s even a pipe quartet where Ross performs all four parts.
The Roke is the town tune of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow where Ross Miller was brought up and is the official Town Piper.
A finalist in the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and a Danny Kyle Award Winner at Celtic Connections Ross has also won the World Pipe Band Championships and an array of Solo Piping prizes in his career so far. The tunes on this instrumental album are all either Ross’ compositions or his favourite tunes to play. The music ranges from tunes he has played in pipe bands given a new twist to modern Reels and Jigs played with passion and verve.
The album is released on Ross’ 25th Birthday and is a reflection of years of hard work honing his skills as a piper and composer.
Co-Produced with Craig Irving, a BBC Young Folk Award winner and former member of Scottish bands Manran and Talisk, Ross has assembled a great band for his album. The musicians are some of his favourite to make music with and their input on the album has brought the music and ideas to life. They are: Charlie Stewart (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017), Rory Matheson (Fara), Callum Edwards (Red Hot Chilli Pipers) and Craig Baxter (Gnoss).
"Listen to the second set, which sails seamlessly through waltzes and a Breton tune, to slip into exuberant overdrive..." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Scotsman
"However you like your piping, The Roke has something to offer." The Living Tradition
Nominated for Trad Album of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020