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/
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/