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 the following talented entertainers. For 2017 we are looking forward to equally entertaining groups and will list all entertainers as they are confirmed.
The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh
The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh
The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh have been performing together since they were children and have developed a rapport that is hard to beat. The silvery harmonies and beautiful arrangements of Diane, Pamela and Laura are only enriched by the addition of cousin George Cavanaugh's mellow baritone vocals. They bring an enthusiastic following from loyal fellow Americans to homegrown Scots and Irish.
With five albums available from SILVER DARLINGS to BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, you will see the broad spectrum of talent The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh possess. One of the most popular and in demand Celtic groups to perform in the Western United States; we are pleased to welcome them back to Seaside.
The Browne Sisters Web Site http://www.brownesisters.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/
Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth
Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth
"World's Most Recorded Piper" Eric Rigler (BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, AUSTIN POWERS, OUTLANDER, THE SIMPSONS, PHIL COLLINS, JOSH GROBAN, FAITH HILL, etc.) and multi-talented string player/producer Dirk Freymuth team-up to create a soundscape of Celtic spirit and energy. Drawing from haunting Irish melodies, barn-burning jigs & reels, and themes from Eric's film & television work, the duo produce a hearing-is-believing sonic experience.
The duo perform not only traditional Irish music but also select themes and surprises from Eric's recording career such as the current STARZ Channel hit series, OUTLANDER, Tom Hanks & Paul Newman's THE ROAD TO PERDITION, Mike Oldfield's TUBULAR BELLS 2, and a special BRAVEHEART and TITANIC tribute to close friend and film composer, the late James Horner.
Eric Rigler's legendary 40-year career on the bagpipes is world-famous. From performing "Amazing Grace" at PRESIDENT 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, ONCE UPON A TIME, BLACK SAILS, THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CROSSING JORDAN, THE SIMPSONS, and SOUTH PARK, Eric has been called "the most recorded piper in history".
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
The Angry Brians on-line:
The Wylde Rovers
Orange County, California's Wylde Rovers are proof that Celtic rock is thriving in California. Artfully blending traditional music with a signature vocal driven sound and just a bit of edge from multiple guitars, the band delivers a truly unique rock/folk sound. The current lineup includes: singer/guitarist Austin Cameron, singer/guitarist Bud Gawthrop, singer/mandolin player Scott Leukens, singer/accordion player Andreas Heberstroh, bassist Ed Lee, and drummer Jimmy Daehnert.
See them on the Pavilion Stage a various times throughout the weekend.
The Wylde Rovers' Website: http://wylderovers.com/
The Ploughboys - Celtic Music Connection
The Ploughboys are the house band at the Tam O'Shanter Inn in Los Angeles, a Scottish pub that is part of the oldest continuously operating venue in Southern California - closing in on ONE HUNDRED years! The Ploughboys were formed in 1994. There have been a few personnel changes since then, but the current line-up is blazing hot, and plans to be around for a few decades.
The Ploughboys' Website: http://www.celticmusicus.com/the-ploughboys.html