Virginia Scottish Games - September 4 & 5, 2021

2019 Entertainment

Many thanks to

for their many years of support and making our Entertainment Stage possible.

Special thanks to Jerry Vandenberg, "Just a Simple Pedler," for all of his extremely hard work over the weekend with our sound systems.  To quote Jerry, "We'll sell anything, even the 2nd D in our name."

Check out our Fiddling Tent for additional bands!


MacGilliossa is easy to say. Just say Macgill...then yossa and you have just spoken Scottish Gaelic! It means 'Son of the Servant.'

MacGilliossa is a high energy Celtic 'Fusion,' band. Their music style is a fusion between Celtic Contemporary, Traditional and Rock. MacGilliossa's instrumentation includes bagpipes, guitar, drums, fiddle, and whistles. They play original music  as well as Celtic favorites. MacGilliossa performs at Scottish Highland Games, Celtic Festivals, Music Fairs and Theaters, throughout the USA, Canada and Internationally. They perform in full Scottish Highland Dress.... Oh, and their lead singer is from the Scottish Border, so the accent is real! They have four CDs available on iTunes and Spotify.

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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 promote their individual solo projects, playing a variety of venues from small house concerts to major Celtic festivals. Since then they have released two CDs as a duo,
The Laverock Sang (2011) and Passing Tales & Glories (2014).

Steel City Rovers

The Steel City Rovers perform dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots. Their original works touch on issues of love, loss, celebration and heritage and they also breathe life into newly-discovered instrumental melodies from as far back as centuries ago. Their sophisticated arrangements are inviting for the most casual listener but are rewarding for those who are well versed in the nuances of musical complexity. The Rovers stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They perform on meticulously crafted replicas of historical instruments that rarely appear on today’s musical landscape. This highly active touring band headlines large festival stages, gives intimate concert performances, educates in a variety of workshop and master-class settings and performs internationally with symphonies. They create, collaborate and work hard to further the love and awareness of music. 

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Sean Heely Celtic Trio

Sean Heely Celtic Trio

Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio. Featuring U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and Scottish border piper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland. Original compositions abound and they have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scottish folk tradition. Seán plays fiddle, mandocello, shruti box, and sings in English, Irish, and Scots Gaelic. Kevin plays guitar, whistle, banjo, and has competed in the All-Ireland competition for singing. Tracy plays highland pipes, border pipes, and whistle. They have performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music center, CCE Irish Folk Festival Fairfax VA, Virginia Scottish games, and the Niel Gow Festival in Scotland.

Celtic Machinations

Jim Lawrence has performed diverse types of music for over four decades. He recorded a solo effort of rock n' roll and folk ballads in in the mid 80s and has recorded three CDs with his talented daughter Holly. The third CD, Caledonian Shadows, a collection of original and traditional Scottish ballads, was nominated for the prestigious Wammie award by the
Washington Area Music Association for best folk/traditional CD of 2011.

Lovely Lauren Smith is equally adept at bluegrass and Celtic music and is seen on a regular basis in the violin section
of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Not only does she possess a quick ear and nimble fingers but she also
lends her lovely voice to background and lead vocals.

Their CD Spare Parts, which includes a guest vocal by Holly Breivik, is available for purchase,
and selections are available for listening at



Entertainment - Alex Beaton

Alex continues his recovery at home with his wife Linda.  Please join with us in keeping them in your prayers as they continue this journey.  Thanks to Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse, we will be selling his CDs at the Entertainment Tent.  Please come by and send him some well wishes.  Please visit his website at for updates and to purchase his music.

 Alex Beaton Alex Beaton VSGA 2010

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