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Playing Bagpipes with Bob Weir and RatDog

On February 17, 2007, we made a little bit of bagpipe and rock n' roll history at Seattle's Moore Theater. I took to the stage with legendary rocker Bob Weir and RatDog. Bob is most recognized as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. His current band Rat Dog has performed over 700 shows and plays a variety of rock and blues-based songs. Current band members are Bob Weir (guitar), Jay Lane (drums), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Mark Karan (guitar), Kenny Brooks (sax), and Robin Sylvester (bass). Also guesting in the concert was great friend Ed Littlefield, Jr. on pedal steel.

I played two sets with the band. The first was called Stuff and was an extended instrumental improvisation-based jam. I joined about half way through the piece and took the lead with some fast tunes. The second set is the famous Grateful Dead song Wharf Rat, with Bobby leading with vocals. My bagpipe part alternated between unison with the main melody and harmony parts. I also joined in the extended jam session toward the end of the song. It was the world premiere performance of bagpipes with this or any Grateful Dead song.

Rat-dog.com is the band's official site and has information on the band, tour schedules, etc.

Ratdog.org is a comprehensive fansite and song list from the Seattle concert along with reviews and tons of other information.

The concert was recorded in its entirety and is the 3 CD set is available to purchase or download.

Scroll down for some videos from the concert.

Enjoy!

For more videos and recordings by Champion Bagpiper Jori Chisholm, please visit his website BagpipeLessons.com.


A little piece of bagpipe and rock n' roll history. Jori Chisholm takes to the stage for the first-ever performance with Bob Weir and RatDog at Seattle's Moore Theater. February 17, 2007. Bob Weir (lead), Jay Lane (drums), Robin Sylvester (bass), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Kenny Brooks (sax), Mark Karran (guitar), Ed Littlefield, Jr. (pedal steel).

Tune: Stuff (instrumental improv jam) Part 1.

Jori Chisholm rocks the house with Bob Weir and RatDog at Seattle's Moore Theater. February 17, 2007. Bob Weir (lead), Jay Lane (drums), Robin Sylvester (bass), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Kenny Brooks (sax), Mark Karran (guitar), Ed Littlefield, Jr. (pedal steel).

Tune: Stuff (instrumental improv jam) Part 2.
   

Performing "Wharf Rat" with Bob Weir and RatDog at Seattle's Moore Theater. February 17, 2007. Bob Weir (lead), Jay Lane (drums), Robin Sylvester (bass), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Kenny Brooks (sax), Mark Karran (guitar), Ed Littlefield, Jr. (pedal steel).

Tune: Wharf Rat (part 1)

Performing "Wharf Rat" with Bob Weir and RatDog at Seattle's Moore Theater. February 17, 2007. Bob Weir (lead), Jay Lane (drums), Robin Sylvester (bass), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Kenny Brooks (sax), Mark Karran (guitar), Ed Littlefield, Jr. (pedal steel).

Tune: Wharf Rat (part 2)

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