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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From the extended Family of Celtic Spring, Hidden Fifth brings energy and youthful exuberance to a new generation of folk music tradition reaching back through family roots. Celtic Spring fiddler / dancer Deirdre Wood and husband Max Becher lead the group through innovative renditions of Irish and North American folk music with contemporary rhythm and drive.
The band was born out of Deirdre and Max's love for folk music and dance, beginning in their teenage friendship and evolving into the current band today which included Max's brother tom Beecher on keys and vocals and guitarist Margaret Ryland. Deirdre incorporates the fiddling and dancing of her Celtic Spring family heritage, while Max and the band add new instruments and their own musical twist. At its roots, Hidden Fifth is a family endeavor. Deirdre and Max take the tradition one generation further, bringing their own young children with them on this exciting musical adventure. With dynamic flute-fiddle duos, rhythmic step dancing, and rich piano/guitar accompaniment, Hidden Fifth's music stirs the soul, and puts the call to dance in your feet.
Hidden Fifth email: hiddenFifth@bowstoes.com
The darlings of Disneyland's "Paradise Garden Bandstand," this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk (and so much more) with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Named among the top acoustic bands in LA by Folkworks Magazine and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, Sligo Rags* is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says "These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos." Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After" was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their second effort, "The Whiskey Never Lies," (called "the best from the West Coast Celts in many years" by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 by Folkworks. Don't be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns, fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, and world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud'homme, and percussionist whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well. Please welcome Sligo Rags back to Seaside!
*Their name is a tribute to the Celtic anthem "The Irish Rover" whose third verse begins "We had one million bags of the best Sligo Rags."
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/
Three for Joy
Three for Joy
Three for Joy members are siblings Dominic (age 14), Joseph (12), and Angela Rose (10) 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 email@example.com.
Their website is http://threeforjoy.com/