In 'n' About
Helping to make your experience here at the Games an enchanting one are many people who perform in places other than the main stages. No less impressive than the featured entertainers, these dedicated people are certain to entertain, enlighten and instruct you. You'll find them "In 'n' About" various venues of the Games. Most of these folks have regaled us since 2008, and we expect to see them again in 2017. And, there may be a few new folks too!
Bows and Toes
Bows and Toes - School of Traditional Music and Dance
"Bows and Toes" School of Traditional Music and Dance is an exciting new school operated by Deirdre (Wood) Becher and teaches young students the arts of Irish Fiddle, Classical Violin, Irish Step and Other Traditional Dances. Deirdre has taught violin and dance for over 12 years and performs with her family's professional troupe, Celtic Spring. Celtic Spring has performed at every Seaside Highland Games and this year will make fourteen straight appearances.
This October, in addition to performing as part of Celtic Spring, Deirdre will be bringing her "Bows and Toes" students to showcase some of the Irish Step Dances they have learned in her classes. We are very pleased to welcome this second generation of performers to Seaside!
Visit them on the web at: http://www.bowstoes.com/
Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles
The Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles is a group of lads and lassies who have come together to create and preserve the traditional jigs, reels, strathspeys and other musical styles of Scotland. Many of the early Scottish tunes have found their way into the American folk fiddle repertoire. Listening to their music, you'll find it easy to trace American tunes to their scottish origins. See them on the Celtic Spring Stage at 3:15 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday and at 1:00 pm on the Pavilion Stage on Sunday.
Their website is: http://www.scottishfiddlers.org/
Named for a pair of stars in the Orion constellation, Rigel offers a heavenly blend of humorous banter and serious music. He from a folk background and she from a classical background they give us lively renditions of old and new listening and (scottish country) dance music. He provides a solid guitar and fun repartee and she keeps him in line with her impish, lively fiddle.
The Peatheads are an Irish/Celtic band that also plays Scottish, Welsh, Breton, Pirate songs and tunes. They perform a variety of traditional and newer music, up-tempo. Their upbeat blend of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Breton tunes provides for a wide range of listening. They'll also take a turn at traditional pub songs, jigs, polkas, reels, pirate songs and even throw in some off the wall stuff, too. You can see/hear them on the Pavilion stage at times soon to be determined. Pick up a Program or see the schedule, here on line, for specifics.
Their website is: http://www.thepeatheads.com
Three for Joy
Three for Joy
Three for Joy members are siblings Dominic (age 13), Joseph (11), and Angela Rose (9) Padula. Repertoire ranges from traditional tunes—Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton—to contemporary compositions in the Celtic style, presented with compelling arrangements and unique textures of melody, harmony and rhythm. Weaving traditional Irish dancing into the music, these accomplished, young musicians enthrall audiences of all ages. They can be reached through their mother, Anne McCauley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their website is http://threeforjoy.com/
The Wylde Rovers, Orange Countiy California's own, are evidence 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.
Visit them on the web at: http://wylderovers.com/
LA Fife and Drums
LA Fife and Drums
During the early Colonial era, America's fife and drum music grew out of necessity to communicate across distances of up to five miles. Before foundries were established that could cast church bells, town drummers notified citizens of public events. Throughout the Revolutionary and Civil wars, percussion instruments were used to tell troops when to wake, eat, work, sleep or be on alert. By the Civil War, young boys were recruited for the task of playing music for foot soldiers to break up the monotony of long marches and to inform troops when to assemble, charge, retreat or cease-fire. During the same period, cavalries introduced a brass horn to the music of war. We invite you to experience the unique and stirring sound of these musicians as they perform music reminiscent of their storied pst. They will be performing on Celtic Spring Stage Saturday at 10:30 am and also on Pavilion Stage at 1pm. They will appear on Sunday also, although the details are not yet available.
For more information, visit them on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lafifesanddrums
SoCal Herding dogs
Visit us in the Seaside Arena to watch Ted Ondrak's (Mr. Ted Thompson-Ondrak) herding dogs use their training to chase and corral sheep. These dogs have won many herding dog awards for their skill and competence. There may be a puppy or two also just doing what they instinctively do - attempt to put sheep "in order."
His website is : http://www.socalherding.com/
Eva Gordon Learn Scots Gaelic!
Eva Gordon has been studying Scottish Gaelic for the past 22 years. She has attended many song workshops and Gaelic immersions sponsored by ACGA (An Comunn Gaidhealach America/Gaelic Society of America) at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia, and at the Gaelic College, St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A member of ACGA, she was winner of ACGA's Distance Mòd Prose Competition (advanced) in 2002 and 2007, ACGA's Advanced Gaelic Scholarship in 2005, winner of the Great Lakes Gaelic Mòd (singing competition) in 2005, and winner of the silver medal at the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Mòd in 2007. An active member of The Celtic Arts Center, she has been leading the Center's Scottish Gaelic Study Group since 2005, where beginning and intermediate learners practice their reading, writing and conversation in Gaidhlig on a regular basis. We are pleased to have Eva lead the Gaelic language efforts here at the Seaside Highland Games.
So. . . what is so great about Scotch Whisky (spelled without the "e")? Our famed whiskymeister, Ray Pearson, is just the lad to tell you. Attend one of his Whisky tasting/seminars to find out just what makes it taste so GOOD. You'll learn a bit of scotch history; where it is produced; how it is produced, and how the processing differences used by distillers infuse differences in taste. Oh, and you'll get to taste a few of them to exercise your new-found knowledge of this "Water of Life." Ray will be offering his seminars throughout the weekend. So be sure to check the Program for specific days and times.
Are ye hot? Are ye tired? How's about trying a Macbrew or twa? We are pleased to offer this year the opportunity for our visitors to sample some of the finest micro-brews available and produced right here in Ventura County! Our brewers are taking up residence in the Santa Cruz building (just west of the Food Court) and will be serving up a variety of local beers and ales throughout the weekend.
Lighthouses of Scotland
Ah . . . Lighthouses. Those iconic, romantic, remote beacons of life. Travel with Ray Pearson as he shows us lighthouses of Scotland that have weathered the storms, standing steadfastly against the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. While Ray, our whiskymeister, will not be serving whisky at this seminar he most certainly will help us to understand and appreciate the efforts taken to provide far journeying sailors a safe passage to port. Ray will be presenting this talk at 2:00 pm on Sunday in the Whisky and Genealogy building across from the Anacapa Vendor Building.
Scottish Clan Plants
Did you know that plants were worn on the Scotsmen's bonnets as a means of identity? Yup, that's true. If you love plants and especially if you love Scottish plants, you'll love this little seminar on the history of Clan plant usage as well as how you can use your clan's plant to decorate your home, car, or whatever. We're still working out the details, but be sure to look at the schedule to find the day(s), time and location of the talk(s).
McBride Hall - Music and Dancing
Please join us "under the flags" at McBride Hall to watch or participate in all manner of dance and music. There'll be performances, dance and instrumental classes, and even a "jam" session. There's lots going on all weekend so you'll want to check back frequently for the exact times of activities. "Just for fun" classes will be presented in Scottish Country Dance and Irish Dancing. And, if you just want to rest your weary dogs and enjoy some good music, Rigel will be performing a variety of traditional celtic tunes interspersed with lively musical banter. And finally, join us on Sunday in the late afternoon for an informal jam session. Musicians of all skill levels are heartily invited to sit in and play along.