The Red Hot Chilli Pipers tribute to the 343 Fallen Firefighters


The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have launched a new charity single to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and to commemorate the 343 fallen firefighters. The tune was written by Willie Armstrong, a piper in the band and a former firefighter himself. “You all know we love to help others but this time it is our BIGGEST attempt to do just that and it is for a group of people that are extremely important to all the band.”

The band appreciate the real feeling of family amongst firefighters around the world but what stuck with them the most is that these men and women would do anything they could to help those who need them the most. With this – they wanted to give something back. So together with friends of the band released a fitting tribute to firefighters and especially to the 343 Heroes from the Fire Department of New York who made the ultimate sacrifice and saved thousands of lives 15 years ago on September 11, 2001.

You can buy the CHARITY SINGLE here:

The single is called ‘343 The Fallen’ and is a very powerful track that Willie has frequently played as a tribute to firefighters. All the proceeds from this track will be donated to two important fire service charities.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – “It is important to the band that we raise as much money as we possibly can for these selfless heroes and we really need all of you to help us. Together we can make an enormous difference and show our firefighters what they really mean to us”.

Alongside the charity single the band have also released a video:

Willie and the band thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support with this project…our fans are the best!!

12 Facts About The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

1. The band was formed in Scotland in 2002.

2. They entered and won the BBC talent show – “When Will I Be Famous”, hosted by Graham Norton.

3. Notable cover versions performed have included “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Clocks” by Coldplay and “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple.

4. The band gained a Gold Disk for over 100,000 UK sales of their first album – ‘Bagrock to the Masses’. Albums have included: Bagrock to the Masses, Music for the Kilted Generation, Blast Live and Breathe.

5. Triple platinum album status for the third album and DVD – ‘Blast Live’.

6. The band has over 230,000 Facebook followers!

7. Gained 2.8 million views on YouTube of their viral cover of the Avicci track ‘Wake Me Up’.

8. Chilli Dancers include former World Champion, Rachel McLagan and former Scottish Champion, Emma Lowson.

9. Founder and Music Director Stuart Cassells received ‘BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ in 2005 and became the first person ever to attain a degree in bagpipes from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

10. Stuart has since left the band – to take up another great job, as General Manager for The Famous Grouse Experience.

11. Appearances at major national events include: BBC Proms in the Park, T in the Park, The Commonwealth Games, The Bahrain Grand Prix, The Rugby World Cup, US TV Documentary during NBC coverage of The Olympic Games.

12. Sell out tours, gigs and festivals in UK, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, Barbados, Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and India.

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