Bagpipes, whistles, 6-string violin, soprano sax, piccolo, clarinet, acoustic guitar, mandolin, an array of drums and percussion… all join the fray in an inspired musical dust-up. Based in Toronto, the URBAN HIGHLANDERS draw on a broad collection of influences to create original instrumentals, homemade and traditional tunes, story-based songs and tales.
In 2015, Grier Coppins began a monthly residency at the Cameron House, one of Toronto’s most storied musical venues. Starting as a duo playing mostly original songs, then as a trio adding tunes and instrumentals, the monthly performance spontaneously grew into a five-piece roots, cross-border organic musical adventure.
Thus, URBAN HIGHLANDERS were born.
The band is currently recording their first full-length release and are appearing live in concert at a variety of venues across Ontario. Recent performances include: The Heritage Festival at Ontario Place for Canada’s 150, Catalina’s in Peterborough and a sold-out show at The Old Church Theatre in Trenton, ON.
The band maintains their original residency at the Cameron House in Toronto on the 3rd Saturday of every month.