Grier Coppins and Pat O’Gorman don’t just play bagpipes as a vocation, they play it as a lifestyle, and if you’re one of those who have always turned your nose up at this most maligned of sounds, good news! These guys have never sounded better.... more
Celtic folk-rock band, Rare Air (formerly named Na Cabarfeidh) was founded by in the late 70s by Canadian bagpipers Pat O’Gorman and Grier Coppins.
When still called Na Cabarfeidh, the band’s music incorporated a funk bass and Polynesian percussion with the traditional Celtic music of Brittany, North America, and Ireland. Utilizing traditional Celtic instrumentation of flutes and whistles, alongside bombardes, keyboards, and a funk bass guitar, the pipe-heavy band created a unique sound that took them around the world. Rare Air released six albums total, including Green Linnet titles Hard to Beat(1987), Primeval (1989), and Space Piper (1991).