Piping hot for rugby debut

Cameron Barnes (centre)
Cameron Barnes (centre)

He was a piper prodigy turned stage star but there’s every chance a rugby match could become the highlight of his career, at least, so far...

Cameron Barnes from Methil, who plays in the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, has been asked to sing the lead vocals of Loch Lomond at Saturday’s Scotland v England match in front of a capacity 70,000 crowd.

Although the 23 year-old admits he’s not exactly the sporty type, the chance to perform at the illustrious event is a rare opportunity.

“The atmosphere at Murrayfield should be amazing,” he said “my family is pretty chuffed!”

The gig represents just the latest twist in a career that has seen Cameron enjoy success at just about everything he has turned his attention to.

Thanks to dad Robert Barnes, who was Pipe Major of Methil and District Pipe Band, Cameron and his siblings became award winning pipers from an early age.

After attending Kirkland High School for a year, the 14-year-old took up a place at the Aberdeen School of Music.

“I was the only one there who had a Methil accent,” he commented.

After winning piping competitions around the world as a member of Fife Constabulary Pipe Band, Cameron could barely believe his luck when he landed the role of Macca through an open audition for the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Black Watch.

The extraordinarily successful show about the trials of war would see him tour internationally for three years and even won him a place on the Scotsman’s ‘25 Most Eligible Bachelors’ list in 2011.

Last week, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers launched BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and their version of Avicii’s Wake Me Up’ has attracted over 200,000 hits on Youtube.

“We were soundchecked at five in the morning, so we were pretty much fast asleep at the time!” he said.

He vowed last year to concentrate on his new band Break the Butterfly, but London’s West End is set to draw him back to the stage again, with Cameron booked to perform in a Games of Thrones-like production.

And what will he play?

“A crazy Scottish guy - which should come as second nature for a boy from Methil!”

Watch this space... and see Cameron on www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5DVhoel7AA