Prydein (pronounced pry’den) is a celtic rock band born in the green mountains of Northern Vermont. Started in 1996 as a part of the University of Vermont’s Experimental Music Program, the unique sounds coming from the group propelled them to the national stage. Thanks to the impeccable piping of Iain MacHarg, the boys have become staples of the Highland Games circuit as well as headliners at Celtic music festivals across the nation. “But it’s the non-Celtic events that are the most interesting,” says guitarist and lead singer Aron Garceau, “because most often at these events no-one has ever seen a highland bagpipe…much less seen one played in what is essentially a rock band”. Traditional highland bagpiping mixed with modern rock flavor, Prydein is an experience to see live. One never knows what will happen next.
Prydein bridges the generation gap with enough cutting edge rock and angst mixed with traditional and original tunes on the highland bagpipes that they are accepted by young and old alike. Sure the boys could stray from the tradition and use the pipes just as color, but there are plenty of groups already doing that. What makes Prydein different is that each of the boys are professional and well respected musicians with more than 2 dozen recordings among them and performances all over the world. They bring to the celtic tradition influences of jazz, rock, blues, classical and modern music. While this may not be your great-grandfather’s celtic band, it certainly appeals to young and old alike. And, as the boys say, loud pipes save lives!