Top gong for Alan's band
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Alan Brown playing at The Doghouse.
Full line-up of Bags of Rock.
CLACKMANNANSHIRE'S school drum instructor scooped two top accolades at the Scottish New Music Awards with his band Bags of Rock.
Alan Brown and his fellow band members were left "buzzing" after being named Rock Group of the Year, and netting Rock Recording of the Year, at the event which was held in the Classic Grand, Glasgow.
Guitarist James was also bestowed with Music Teacher of the Year.
The Scottish New Music Awards aim to honour the music made in Scotland and celebrates emerging artists.
The 37-year-old drummer, who tutors at Lornshill, Alloa and Alva Academies, said securing the awards was "out of
He told the Advertiser, "It's a great step. It's a great step in the right direction - it's like an industry nod to say we are doing something right."
Bags of Rock have been delighting crowds with their fusion of cutting-edge heavy rock and the Great Highland bagpipe since their first gig in April
Alan said, "Bags of Rock are seven kilted, rocking Scotsmen who are more than ready to show the world how bagpipes were supposed to sound."
He is joined by guitarist Alan "Deathface" Blair, guitarist Gregor
"G-Man" James, piper James
Henderson, piper Jonathan Graham, bassist Marcus Cordock and drummer Stevie Shedden.
The band has already played most of Scotland's top venues and festivals, and have featured internationally from Kiev to Kuala Lumpur.
The single 'Rain Stain' from their 2011 original debut album 'The Next Level' achieved number one status on Germany's 'Schotten Radio' charts in June 2012, receiving over 250,000 votes.
Alan said, "We are aiming for world domination if we can get it. Since the Scottish New Music Awards we have been inundated with business requests. We're destined for festivals for sure."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 19 Sep 12
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