Bagpiper from BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, Eric Rigler in concert with Dirk Freymuth and Kira Ott this St. Patrick’s Day at Hi-Desert Cultural Center

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — Fresh from their 2017 PBS TV Special Celtic Journeys: Songs & Soundtracks, “World’s Most Recorded Piper” Eric Rigler (soloist on BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, THE SIMPSONS, et al) and multi-talented guitarist Dirk Freymuth create a musical panorama of Celtic spirit and energy.  Drawing from haunting Irish melodies, barn-burning jigs & reels, and themes from Rigler’s film & television work, the two produce a hearing-is-believing sonic experience.  Joining them on fiddle and viola is guest artist, Kira Ott.  Complete with a full cash bar, this special St. Patrick’s Day concert will take place March 17 at 7pm at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.
Featuring Rigler on Irish uilleann pipes, Scottish small-pipes & whistles, and Freymuth on acoustic guitars, the two embarked on their duo project in 2014 with the goal of performing soundtrack music, traditional Celtic & World music, and original compositions using looping pedals, effects processors, and other music technology.  Together they create everything from lush cinematic soundscapes to driving melodic grooves.
Eric Rigler’s legendary 45-year career on the bagpipes is world-famous.  From performing “Amazing Grace” at President Ronald Reagan’s funeral to hundreds of appearances, films and recordings such as BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, MEN IN BLACK 3, CINDERELLA MAN, AUSTIN POWERS to CD’s for PHIL COLLINS, JOSH GROBAN, FAITH HILL, KEITH URBAN, ROD STEWART to TV’s OUTLANDER, BLACK SAILS, THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CROSSING JORDAN, THE SIMPSONS, and SOUTH PARK, Rigler has been called “the most recorded piper in history”.
Dirk Freymuth’s gifted and diverse artistry on the guitar, lute, Baroque mandolin and viola da gamba spans musical genres from being a member of the Minneapolis power-pop trio, HINDU RODEO, to Dublin’s BAROQUE ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND.  As a studio player he has recorded for dozens of artists such as KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, THE PROCLAIMERS, JOHN GORKA and has produced more than fifty albums in a wide variety of styles.
To purchase tickets or for more information patrons may visit, visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, or call the Box Office at 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is located at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.
PHOTO CAPTION:  “World’s Most Recorded Piper” Eric Rigler (BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, THE SIMPSONS) and guitarist Dirk Freymuth team-up with fiddle and violist Kira Ott to create a soundscape of Celtic spirit and energy in a special St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center this March 17, 2018 at 7pm.
CD’s: “Belgrove Road” and the forthcoming “Live on PBS SoCal” available at iTunesCD Baby and all the usual places
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that  has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:

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