To insure that there is something for everyone, we're lining up a stellar group of entertainers presenting music and activity for young and old alike.
For our games in 2016 we enjoyed music by a wide variety of talented entertainers. Presented here are just a few of the equally entertaining groups we have "inked" and will list addtional entertainers as they are confirmed.
The band Blackwaterside was formed in 1995 by flutist Susan Craig Winsberg in celebration of her Scottish heritage. Since then they have played numerous concerts and festivals, receiving great public acclaim. They are known for their varied approach to traditional Scottish and Irish music, alternating lively, upbeat tunes with lyrical and haunting ballads, constantly changing the texture and color of the instrumentation so that their sound is forever fresh.
Blackwaterside Web Site http://Blackwaterside.com/
A burst of energy. Driving music. Riveting dancing. Youthful exuberance. Unparalleled talent all in one family.
Celtic Spring is six siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 27, who play the fiddle and step-dance, backed by their mom on the keyboard and their dad on percussion.
Celtic Spring's music hails from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the siblings have studied under some of the finest fiddlers of these traditions, including Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Martin Hayes, and Liz Carroll.
While immersed in traditional music, the band has developed a unique style and a repertoire that includes numerous original compositions. A depth of expression is evident in their stunning arrangements--from haunting airs to hard-driving dance tunes. In recent years, Celtic Spring has added expressive vocals and the rhythmic octave mandolin.
Celtic Spring's amazing performances have taken the band around the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. They have performed at theaters nation wide, including symphony appearances, and at numerous festivals, including the top Irish festivals in the country, such as the Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Dublin Irish Fest, and the North Texas Irish Festival.
In the summer of 2007, 12 million people watched Celtic Spring on the #1 rated TV show of the season, NBC's America's Got Talent, produced by Simon Cowell. The band was one of the top five finalists. In the summer of 2008, the band brought its enthralling show to yet another continent. They performed at the international festival, World Youth Day 2008, in Sydney, Australia. They have also been featured on The Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, the Steve Harvey Show, P.B.S., E.W.T.N., and Japan's Nippon Television.
The band has released two albums, At the Source and Cornerstone.
The band hails from Ojai, right here in Ventura County, and is pleased to return again to their "hometown" Highland Games!
Celtic Spring Website: http://www.celticspringband.com/
The Angry Brians
1916 (formerly 1916)The Angry Brians
Wait. What? Yup. The band formerly known as 1916 has become The Angry Brians. Same band, same message, same awesome music, new name. Initially established in 2004 as a fun and creative outlet, these Bakersfield natives have evolved and matured from their 2007 CD, Uprising. Since the release of their second CD, Long Road Home in 2010, the band has garnered well-deserved attention. With influences and sounds comparable to Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, the Angry Brians is steadily carving their niche on the American music scene. Touring predominately in California, Nevada, and Washinton they play Scottish Gatherings and Games, Irish Festivals, parties and pubs
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What do you get when you combine a classically trained violinist, a bluegrass banjo picker, a jazz bass player and an Afro/Latin percussionist? Give up? Why Irish reels and jigs, of course. That's right, reels and jigs. From neighborhood pubs to outdoor festivals, house parties to concert halls, Michael Kelly, David Burns, Gordon Rustvold and Eric Hartwell, aka the Sligo Rags, have been performing regularly throughout the Southland for the past two years. While the Rags stay true to the original intent of the traditional tunes they play, they are not afraid to be innovative.
Playing everything from High Energy Festivals to Performing Arts Theaters, from Scotland to Nova Scotia, Ireland to California, Highland Way are uncompromising professionals. These seasoned studio session musicians bring that same polished energy to stages around the world. With their huge repertoire they know how to tailor their performance to the audience. A native Scot with his Glasgow accent, Brian Caldwell is well known for his wonderful ability to charm any crowd while his energetic and driving rhythm guitar blends flawlessly with the rest of the band. Joining Brian are Paul Graham Castellanos - on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, Sharon Whyte - on accordion and keyboards, Bob Sale - on percussion and drums, Glen Fisher - on bass, and master of guitars Jim Soldi. Highlighting Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland, with originals and the occasional popular cover, Highland Way create the ultimate show.
Highland Way Website: http://www.highlandway.us/