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Five superstars of Scottish bagpiping and drumming get their kicks on Route 66.

Get YOUR Kicks on Route 66!

I have launched this Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a documentary film about 5 superstars of the Scottish music scene as they play their way across America.  No matter where you live in the world, you can help this film become a reality.

U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. Running through the nation’s heartland from Chicago to Santa Monica, the legendary road passes through many picturesque places, including my own home town, South Pasadena, California.

In April an all-star cast of bagpipers and drummers is taking to the road on a historic tour down Route 66, performing concerts and teaching workshops in what is being dubbed “Pipes & Sticks on Route 66.”  Pipers Stuart Liddell, Willie McCallum, and Angus MacColl and snare drummer Jim Kilpatrick MBE, all from Scotland, are being joined by bass drummer and percussionist Mike Cole from Chicago.  (click on names to see each player's video)

The five players are considered to be “the best of the best” in the world of piping and drumming. Each member of the group has won every important solo piping  and drumming award several times. The players are well-known for their incredible talent and for their entertaining way on the stage. Concerts will consist of traditional tunes as well as crowd-pleasing numbers frequently requested. Humor will be an integral part of the concerts and audience participation is expected.

The guys approached me and asked if I’d like to make a documentary about the adventure.  I didn’t have to think too hard about it as it seemed like the trip of a lifetime with all the potential of being a really entertaining film.  My previous feature documentary, ON THE DAY:  The Story of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, was totally funded by contributions from the piping and Scottish community from around the world – and that was before I knew about Kickstarter.  Last summer, I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the On The Day 3-Disc Collector’s Box Set, so now I’m reaching out to you again to make this project a reality.

Make sure you watch the video at the TOP OF THE PAGE and check out your rewards to the RIGHT >.

ABOUT THE GOAL AMOUNT

I want you to know that the $66,000 goal is the bare bones minimum amount to get the documentary shot and into the first phase of post-production, but does not cover the full budget of close to $200,000.  Every penny will go into the production with no contingency and no salary to me.  I hope the pledges will take us beyond the minimum goal so that the film will have even more production value, and I can be paid for my many months of work.  And remember, Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition: if the goal is not met, I get nothing and you pay nothing!

TOUR DATES

  • April 5   Chicago  MEET & GREET  Mo Dailey's Pub & Grille
  • April 7   Chicago CONCERT  Irish American Heritage Center*
  • April 8   St. Louis JAM SESSION   The Scottish Arms
  • April 10  Tulsa  CONCERT  Oklahoma State University*
  • April 11  Oklahoma City  MUSIC TRIBUTE  Memorial Park
  • April 12  Lubbock  CONCERT  Cactus Theatre*
  • April 14  Albuquerque  CONCERT  El Rey Theatre*
  • April 15  Albuquerque  WORKSHOP for pipers & drummers
  • April 17  Flagstaff  CONCERT  American Legion Hall
  • April 18  The Grand Canyon
  • April 20  Pasadena  PUB CRAWL on Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena
  • April 21  Pasadena WORKSHOP 12pm-4pm for pipers & drummer
  • April 21  Pasadena  CONCERT   Westminster Presbyterian Church*         

 * Click the link to order your tickets now!  Like us on FACEBOOK.

What if you want more rewards than those offered at your pledge level?  The answer is at the bottom of the page under FAQ's.

More rewards will be added in the weeks ahead.  So keep checking back in.  You can donate again and again to get more rewards!

Thanks!

FAQ

  • Clicking on the "Manage Your Pledge" button, you will have to update your pledge to the total amount of the reward levels you want. For instance, if you have pledged $30 for a t-shirt and also want to pledge $66 for the 8 postcards, that would equal $96 ($66+$30). To do that, you will have to click on "Manage Your Pledge" on your project page, then manually erase the $30 that will appear in the text box and replace it with $96. You will only be able to select one reward with this pledge, but if you've corresponded with me, I can just make a note in your Backer Report that you would like the two rewards.

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  • According to the reward levels, I may mention you on my websites, tweets and such. But if you want to remain anonymous, that's fine, too. Just let me know.

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  • I will be very sad, and probably many other folks will also be disappointed. If my funding goal is not met, your credit card will not be charged. All awards will become null and void. But let's stay positive!

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    A heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your support PLUS all updates about the Pipes & Sticks tour and documentary. Because we’re trying to build a community behind the tour and the documentary, your participation is meaningful!

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    A “Pipes & Sticks” postcard mailed to you from a town along the route to let you know we’re thinking of you. (NOTE: You must email me your name and address at the same time that you make your pledge so that I have the information with me before the trip.)

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    A postcard mailed to you from each of the 8 states along the route, signed by the 5 band members. So that’s 8 postcards in all to let you know the guys are thinking of you! (NOTE: You must email me your name and address at the same time that you make your pledge so that I have the information with me before the trip.)

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    OTD gift package that includes the ON THE DAY 3-Disc Collector’s Box Set, Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band cap badge, official OTD musicians ear plugs, OTD tote bag and OTD T-shirt. PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $8 for postage).

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    Complete set of Ezeedrone Reeds (1 bass & 2 tenors) PLUS a credit in the film.

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    Route 66 full-size road sign replica autographed by the 5 guys PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $20 for postage).

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    A 66-page hardbound photo diary of the trip PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $10 for postage).

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    Drum sticks used on the tour, signed by Jim Kilpatrick PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $10 for postage).

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    Snare drum head with the “Pipes & Sticks” logo signed by the 5 guys PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $20 for postage)

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    Bass drum head with “Pipes & Sticks” logo signed by the 5 guys. PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $40 for postage).

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    Special edition McCallum practice chanter with “Pipes & Sticks” logo PLUS a credit in the film. (NOTE: If you are outside North America, please add an extra $20 for postage).

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    A second tune written for you by Willie McCallum with a name of your choice (maybe your own) in the title. You get the original sheet music signed by Willie. PLUS a credit in the film.

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    A tune written for you by Stuart Liddell with a name of your choice (maybe your own) in the title. You get the original sheet music signed by Stuart. PLUS a credit in the film.

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    A tune written for you by Willie McCallum with a name of your choice (maybe your own) in the title. You get the original sheet music signed by Willie. PLUS a credit in the film.

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    8 Historic Route 66 state-specific road sign replicas from each of the 8 states along the 2,278-mile route. Each is signed by the 5 guys. PLUS a credit in the film.

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    THE ULTIMATE KICK! I’m putting this one out there for the special (and wealthy) person who wants to experience the trip of a lifetime with some of the legends of piping and drumming. You will have the thrill of traveling and hanging out with the band on the entire trip. All your travel expenses are paid for on the trip (but you need to arrange your own airfare to Chicago and back home from LA). PLUS a credit in the film, of course!

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