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 2018. And, there may be a few new folks too!
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.
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. They'll be regaling you with their music and wit on the Pavilion Stage Saturday at 10:00 am and as part of the Mini Highland Ball in McBride Hall on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
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
Mayde in Ireland
Mayde in Ireland
Mayde in Ireland is a local group hailing from the Antelope Valley. While usually playing in pubs and other Irish venues, the group has been working mightily to learn Scottish songs for their upcoming "trip" to Scotland. The group consists of Randy Buckley on lead vocals and guitar, Dave Hammons on bodhran and vocals, Mark McAndrew on bass, Marsha Trochim on fiddle and harp, and Emily Amado on flute. They played at the Highland Games at the Queen Mary and in Bakersfield this year and are looking forward to Ventura! You'll find them on the Pavilion Stage on Saturday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. and on Sunday on the Celtic Spring Stage at 10:00 am and the Pavilion Stage at 1:00 pm.
Their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/MaydeInIrelandOfficial
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/
So. . . what is so great about Scotch Whisky (spelled without the "e")? Our famed whiskymeister, Jude Mackenzie, is just the lad to tell you. Attend The Friday Evening Whisky Tasting or 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." Jude will be offering his seminars at 1 pm and 3 pm both Saturday AND Sunday of the Games! So be sure to set aside time for a wee dram on either or both of the days.
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.
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.
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).