Virginia Scottish Games - August 31 & September 1, 2013


Entertainment - Alex Beaton

Alex continues his recovery.  Please join with us in keeping him and his wife in your prayers.  His CDs will be available for sale at the Pub Tent.  Please come by and send him some well wishes.

 Alex Beaton Alex Beaton VSGA 2010

 

2012 Entertainment - Glengarry Bhoys

Glengarry Bhoys

From a small Scots / French Canadian enclave in eastern Ontario, Glengarry County has produced many world-class Celtic acts over the decades.

In 1998 two local members of the Cornwall Police Service, Graham Wright and G. S. (Zig) Leroux, started the Glengarry Bhoys.

Their humble beginnings has led them to 250,000 record sales; appearances on BBC, PBS, Canada AM (4 times); the Mike Bullard Show (5 times); Toronto Breakfast TV; good morning Dallas; Louisville Roots TV; Lexington Ky's world renown "Woodsongs Radio"; regular record play on major AAA music stations the world over; successful tours of Ireland (4 times) and Scotland (3 times); concert tours from Newfoundland to Alberta and from New Mexico to Oregon, from Florida to Maine.

These Universal Records "alternative-Celt-roots-artists": a marquis act at most major festivals and concert halls throughout North America; have now won the much coveted 2009 "Celtic Instrumental Songwriters Award" for their recent "Mill Sessions" album.

This award from the U.S. based - "Music Organization for Folk Artists" - received more than 3000 submissions for this much acclaimed award. It is billed as the "World's Largest Grassroots Music Organization / Home of the World's Largest Music Awards". www.jpfolks.com

With 51,000 members: songwriters, recording artists, and music business professionals, the Glengarry Bhoys were the winners, but unfortunately, due to a tour in Virginia that week, they were unable to attend.

Present Members are: Graham Wright, Zig Leroux, D'Arcy Furniss (all from SD&G) and  just joining the band, Steve McIntosh.

"After all these years we still get a kick of playing our Glengarry style of Celtic music wherever we go. Getting well paid for it is an added bonus, and to receive such a prestigious award is extremely gratifying" says Graham Wright.

 

2012 Entertainment - Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse

Scooter Muse and Jil Chambless

Two members of the band Henri’s Notions, the longest performing Celtic band in the Southeastern United States (more than 30 years!), Jil and Scooter have also performed frequently in a trio format with Scottish singer Ed Miller at many festivals throughout the US and Scotland. For the last several years Jil and Scooter have been fortunate to work alongside many of the finest artists in Celtic Music, resulting in many spontaneous collaborations.

First introduced to Celtic music when she joined Henri’s Notions in 1989, Jil Chambless has since become one of the finest singers and flute players on the Celtic circuit. In December 2009, Jil released her first solo CD, The Ladies Go Dancing, produced by the legendary Brian McNeill. Brian has stated that Jil is "...truly a great singer!" Jil brings to any audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads to upbeat songs with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in each and every performance!

Although Scooter Muse has his roots in Bluegrass and is quite an accomplished 5-string banjo player, in the late 1980s he moved into the world of Celtic guitar and soon after founded the Full Moon Ensemble, performing for 8 years across the US and in Scotland before joining Henri’s Notions in 2003. In 2005 Scooter released his first solo recording of original guitar instrumentals, Saddell Abbey, which he is proud to say was purchased by the Scottish Tourist Board in Kintyre. The Saddell Abbey Trust of Scotland calls the recording, "...a haunting and beautiful piece of music."

In 2010, Jil and Scooter began performing as a duo to pro-mote their individual solo projects, playing a variety of venues from small house concerts to major Celtic festivals and Highland Games.

 Emish

Emish

For over a decade, members of Emish have been performing in various professional groups including anything and everything from Traditional Irish, Irish Rock and Punk to Symphony Orchestras.  Individually, they have toured as far as Europe and Japan honing their performing skills- all preparing themselves for the day that they would collectively form Emish.  With the versatility and well-seasoned skills, combined with on-stage foot stomping energy and off-stage charisma, Emish has been making fans from one coast to the other.  Their music includes "emishified" traditional songs and tunes with their own original compositions that creates a sound described as "Celtic Rock with an edge". 

Although Emish tours regularly throughout the country, they still hold tight to their roots back home and have been honored with being voted the "Best Band of the Hudson Valley for two years.  In only five years since the conception of the group, they have already recorded three albums with their debut CD "This Light" selling over 8,000 copies.  Their other two albums include "One More Round", 2008 and "Sinners Make the Best Saints", 2011. 

Whether they are playing on the main stage at a festival, theatre halls or pubs, Emish brings an energy packed show with witty banter on stage, leaving their fans asking for more.

 

  2013 Dates will be August 31 - September 1, 2013 

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