2019 Featured Performers
Our 2019 Featured Performers include — the traditional Scottish balladeers, Colin Grant-Adams and Carl Peterson, the upbeat and lively Men of Worth, the heartfelt and blazing music of The Fire, the powerhouse Celtic trio Brother, and the dynamic and electrifying Tempest. We invite you to visit the encampment of the Northwest’s premier combat troupe, the Seattle Knights too!
Featured Performers Schedule
|Schedule applies to both Saturday and Sunday
|TIME||NORTH STAGE||CENTER STAGE||SOUTH STAGE||GLEN OF THE CLANS|
|10:30AM||Carl Peterson||Men of Worth||Brother||The Seattle Knights|
|11:30AM||Colin Grant-Adams||The Fire||Tempest||The Seattle Knights|
|12:30PM||All Stages Closed For Opening Ceremonies|
|1:30PM||Carl Peterson||Men of Worth||Brother||The Seattle Knights|
|2:30PM||Colin Grant-Adams||The Fire||Tempest||The Seattle Knights|
|3:30PM||Carl Peterson||Men of Worth||Brother||The Seattle Knights|
|4:30PM||Colin Grant-Adams||The Fire||Tempest||The Seattle Knights|
Saturday Evening Ceilidh Schedule with our Featured Performers
|Saturday Evening Ceilidh Schedule|
|5:30 TO 5:45PM||Carl Peterson|
|5:45 to 6:00PM||Colin Grant-Adams|
|6:00 to 6:15PM||Men of Worth|
|6:15 to 6:30PM||The Fire|
|6:30 to 6:45PM||Brother|
|6:45 to 7:00PM||Tempest|
COLIN GRANT ADAMS
Colin Grant-Adams is a recording artist, Scottish/Celtic folksinger and guitarist, originally from Oban, Scotland. Colin presents a program of traditional, contemporary, and nationally-acclaimed original folksongs about Scotland’s rugged landscape (“These are My Mountains”), its turbulent history, (“Ye Jacobites By Name”), and the Scottish immigrants’ influence on American folk and Bluegrass music, with “Scottish American” and “Kentucky in the Spring Time”.
Audiences have enjoyed Colin’s performances in the famous folk clubs of Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Europe, and across the United States. Grant-Adams brings new life to the traditional tunes that are delivered with a touch of humor, the telling of mystical stories, and even a few sing-along songs that leave crowds asking for more.
Weaving tales of Scotland’s turbulent history and haunting beauty with his remarkable ballads, Grant-Adams takes you on a journey across the seas to Scotland and the Islands. Colin captivates the audience’s heart, mind, and soul.
His repertoire ranges from well-known classics, “Skye Boat Song”, “Will You Go Lassie Go”, and “Loch Lomond”, to contemporary and traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, to the Bluegrass music of Kentucky, in addition to his acclaimed original compositions, “Where the Rhododendrons Grow”, “Blood in the Ground”, “Scottish American”, and “The Lone Piper”.
Grant-Adams has recorded nine CDs, “Scotland–Land of my Father”, “Scottish American”, “Traditional and Original Songs of Scotland”, “This Land Called Scotland”, “Colin Grant-Adams and His Guitar”, “A Toast To Scotland”, “Rubies and Diamonds”, “Songs for the Roads”, and “Making Memories.”
Grant-Adams has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, and concerts all over the United States, plus at the acclaimed Carnegie Hall in New York City.
For more information, please visit: Colin’s web site!
Chances are you’ve seen BROTHER on NBC’s ‘ER’, maybe heard their music on the classic ‘Baraka’ soundtrack or UPN’s ‘ Twilight Zone.’ The band has shared stages with Joe Walsh, John Entwhistle, Linkin Park, and Alicia Keys and are the only independent band to have played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, BROTHER is wholly original. The band’s powerhouse live performances are an energetic celebration, captivating and engaging the audience from the first song to the last.
Angus, founding member of BROTHER, arrived in Los Angeles from Australia with his brothers a decade ago as little more than fresh-faced farm boys. In LA, they found themselves busking at Venice Beach, the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Studios to survive. Since those days, BROTHER evolved its trademark sound while touring extensively in the United States and in Canada, Japan, France, Egypt and Australia.
They did it all free from standard industry trends and pigeon-holes. BROTHER has self-released 12 albums, sold more CDs in the USA than any other independent Australian act and has regularly been cited as a role model within the independent scene.
BROTHER live today is a powerhouse celtic tribal trio. The band’s legendary live shows have reached a whole new level, with soul brothers Angus, Dalbo and Drew filling the stage with their energy and sound.
For more information, please visit: https://brothermusic.com
MEN OF WORTH
The folk-music duo, Men of Worth, was formed by James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland) in 1986. Both exiles, it was through the Celtic music scene in Southern California that James and Donnie first met, and within a couple of years a partnership developed that was simultaneously serious and fun.
Geographical changes now find James and Donnie living in Southern Oregon and Northern California respectively. Whilst remaining true to their Gaelic roots, Men of Worth have successfully evolved as entertainers. Success breeds success, and a natural progression toward education and travel has sealed the next decade as an exciting and pioneering era for the versatile duo.
Together Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.
Men of Worth are an international act, and have earned much respect and success in two decades of touring. Cultural presentations in Schools have received rave reviews by students and teachers alike. Performing concerts, festivals, and having recorded ten albums, Men of Worth continue the very tradition from which they evolved.
Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland. Writing tunes and original songs in both his first language Gaelic and in English, Donnie presents the music from his native Scotland with passion and humor. Donnie performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran.
James Keigher comes from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. He is a singer, writer and collector of traditional and contemporary folk music. James was raised in Charlestown, a small rural community setting, steeped in traditional music and stories. He performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran.
For more information, please visit: www.menofworth.com
Carl Peterson was born and raised in Greenock, Scotland, on the banks of the River Clyde, where a great shipbuilding industry flourished for hundreds of years. In the 1800’s seafaring men from other nations as well, joined the ranks in the Clyde Valley shipyards. One of these adventurers, a Swedish sailor, married a highland lass in Port Glasgow—they were Carl’s great-grandparents. Thus, Carl was born four generations hence, a Nordic Scot, with Swedes on one side and Highlanders on the other…an ancestry sprinkled with surnames such as McLean, McBryde, Caithness, Duke, and somewhere an Irish McGuire.
Radio and recordings introduced Carl to the likes of Burl Ives, The Kingston Trio, The Weavers, Robin Hall & Jimmy McGregor, The Corries, and Tommy Makem & The Clancy Brothers, to name but a few. Later, Peterson would meet and eventually perform with some of these entertainers.
In Canada, Carl Peterson performed from Newfoundland on the East Coast to British Columbia in the West. He played in Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium, as well as in Montreal’s Place Des Art, where the Montreal Gazette described him as “a folksinger with a most pleasing voice.” Carl also did Canadian television shows: Edmonton’s “Tommy Banks Show” and St John’s “All Around the Circle”. Peterson moved on to the United States, performing at Scottish and Irish festivals and concerts throughout the country. After a sold-out 1994 debut, Carl was remained a popular addition to Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts touring roster for 6 years. He performed an average of 60 a concerts a year, traveling to and performing in 48 states (the exceptions being Alaska and Rhode Island although he has visited these two states to complete his bucket list of seeing all 50).
Carl has over two dozen published recordings to his credit. He has recorded with Capitol Records of Canada, London Records, Nesak International and Music Minus One. He currently records for his own company, Darach Recordings. Carl has also written his own material, some of which has been performed and recorded by other artists.
Carl has cut back his performing schedule to focus more on writing. His first book “Now’s The Day And Now’s Hour” was the companion to his highly acclaimed double CD, “Scotland Remembers The Alamo”. Carl recently released his 2nd book, a fantasy book titled “Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae”. He is curretly working on the sequel.
For more information, please visit: http://www.carl-peterson.com/
THE SEATTLE KNIGHTS
The Cutting Edge of Entertainment!
The Seattle Knights, the Northwest’s premier sword fighting and jousting organization, is a theatrical troupe whose specialty is Medieval Fantasy. Their dedication to the principal of “Education through Entertainment” has made the Seattle Knights the top stage combat troupe in the country. The actor-combatants perform choreographed combat using real armor and weapons. Men and women perform on equal footing, taking up spears, pole weapons, war hammers, axes, daggers, and, of course, swords of almost every variety. For all the ferocity and excitement, it’s all good, clean fun. The Seattle Knights proudly maintain the best safety record in the industry, and have performed for schools, businesses, private functions, parades, charities, festivals, and renaissance fairs around the United States.
For the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering, the Seattle Knights swap armor and horses for kilts and comedy, displaying their skills with rapier and repartee throughout the day. Join us for music, mirth, and merry mayhem.
For more information, please visit: www.seattleknights.com
Celebrating 30 years of Celtic Rock!
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area-based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It has also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. Driving in from the North Bay area is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional musical talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. And Northern California’s own young Indian-American progressive guitarist, Ab Menon, skids to a flaming stop on the Tempest stage, replete with flying dreadlocks, dazzling string stylings and a sense of ticklish fun. Cuban-born drummer
Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.
Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. This year, the group celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the latest studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material–with a cheeky surprise or two.
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well.
For more information, please visit: http://www.tempestmusic.com
The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. David is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the Highland pipes in the world today. Adam spent the last year studying guitar performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and brings an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music. Summer 2018 marks the release of their long awaited new full-length album, which is bursting with traditional and original music. The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, KVMR Celtic Festival, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California.
For more information, please visit: www.firescottishband.com