Bagpiping brothers a hit with fans who just wanna rock'n'roll

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am

It's a long way to the top...of the stadium to the corporate boxes, and a long way from Toronto to the Sevens for bagpiping identical twins John and Aragorn Simpson.

'We get asked to play this AC/DC track all the time. People love the bagpipes in It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n'Roll) and associate it with bagpipes. And we also get asked to play traditional songs like Scotland the Brave and Flower of Scotland as well,' said older twin, Aragorn.

'I used to be a doughnut maker, but there was no way I was staying in that job. I worked 80 hours a week for no pay rise and no thanks. Being a piper was a good career move. People are always pleased to hear the bagpipes. It's about spreading joy and rousing emotion wherever we play. This is our first time at the Sevens, and it's been a riot.'

When we caught up with the matching pair, Aragorn was in full Scottish character post-performance, dressed in kilt and sipping a wee dram of Scotch in the ABN-AMRO box where the pair are booked for the Sevens.

'The traditions of the bagpipes is one thing we really like about the instrument. Bagpipes historically were used to motivate and send a message,' said John.

'Our message to the Sevens crowd is to have a great time and be thankful for friends and family,' said the two in unison, as identical twins are wont to do.