Celtica's Duncan Knight talks bagpipe rock, the Dunedin Celtic Festival and more
Duncan Knight loves heavy metal. He also is proud to salute his Scottish heritage. As a bagpiper in the band Celtica, Knight is able to pay tribute to both.
"We definitely keep a focus on bagpipes, which I have played since I was 10,'' Knight said in an interview. "But it's a wild stage show.''
On Saturday, Celtica will be one of three Celtic rock bands performing at the Dunedin Celtic Festival for the first time. The others include the Fighting Jamesons, whose style is reminiscent of well-known Celtic rockers like the Pogues and Flogging Molly, and the Killdares of Dallas, which features world champion fiddler Roberta Rast.
"We are trying to continue bringing in younger people to the festival,'' explained Alan McHale, president of Dunedin Highland Games and Festival Committee. "And I think these bands will do it. They will bring in people who will see Celtic music who otherwise would not be exposed to it.''