Tartanium is a 10 piece rock-band/stage show with Scottish infusions. Tartanium takes a classic rock-and-pop core of drums, guitar, bass, keys and a singer, adds a three-piece horn section of a trombone, trumpet, and saxophone. On top of that, bagpipes and a fiddle provide the authentic Scottish sound and texture. Tartanium plays a set of modern pop covers and Scottish traditional music with a big-band sound. Alongside the band are the Tartanium Dancers, five young ladies in traditional dress to perform jigs, reels, and highland flings with the band.
One of our biggest shows of 2019 was at the Glasgow Science Centre for the British Orthodontics Society. Tartanium kicked off the show with a reel, with the dancers performing in a space on the floor by the audience. The show moves forward with energy, fervour, and plenty of volume. The band play traditional dances like the highland fling, famous Scottish songs like Wild Mountain Thyme, and modern pop covers like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”
After the show, Tartanium led the guests in a ceilidh taster in preparation for the following night. Roddy called the dances from the stage while playing pipes. The Tartanium dancers mingle with the audience to help them learn the moves. For first timers, it can seem quite daunting. But with the right effort and guidance from the Tartanium dancers, it always comes together.
After the ceilidh taster, the band continued with a forty-five minute set of pop and disco tunes for the audience to end the night with. The band cranked out recent pop hits like Happy, Uptown Funk, and Can’t Stop the Feeling, plus classic oldies like Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff, and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive.
Enjoy some of the highlights below.