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!
Described as bold, unorthodox, vibrant, and evocative, the "GLENGARRY BHOYS" hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining.
Their energy and good humor, as much a part of the show as their musicianship, crosses all cultures and ages. Many things have been written and reported about this world renown Canadian alt-celt group over that last decade, all depicting their musical and entertaining prowess with varied audiences the world over,
but their ability to marshal large enthusiasticaudiences show after show is legion and recognized.
Their objective is simple yet evocative, as stated by their lead singer Graham Wright in a CBC "Fresh Air" interview: "if our audience can only get 10% of the satisfaction we get entertaining them - then we surpass objective". Accordingly and repeatedly, they do!!
From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers,
always pushing the musical envelope but never straying too far from the traditional whence they came,
have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances.
Go ahead and try!
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
Tinsmith is a high-energy folk band playing traditional music
of Ireland, Scotland and Appalachia. Citing influences from blues to bluegrass,
from funk to jazz to mountain music, they bring traditional songs and tunes
into the new century. Known for their fun and energetic performances and for
the taste and delicacy of their arrangements, Tinsmith has been making audiences
dance since 1997. They are three-time invitees at the North Texas Irish
Festival in Dallas, TX, and have played such prestigious gigs as The Barns at
Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts, Potomac Celtic Festival, The Institute
of Musical Traditions and Blackrock Center for the Performing Arts. Tinsmith
has also been invited to perform at the National Folk Alliance Convention and
WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) awards to its credit.
Tinsmith features the multi-talented Rowan Corbett (guitar,
bouzouki, bones, djembe) and
WAMMIE-winning vocalist Brooke Parkhurst (banjo,
Irish flue, tinwhistles).
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
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 ReverbNation.com.
DUCK! DODGE! PARRY! SPIN! THRUST!
HAVE AT THEE VARLET!
Is this how you have imagined yourself lo these many years, or as you watch Lord of the Rings, Pirates of The Caribbean,
or Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck? Then the Sterling Swordplayers offers the perfect entertainment for you!
From the Washington, DC suburbs, the Sterling Swordplayers bring their own brand of unique comedy
and entertainment to festivals up and down the Mid-Atlantic.
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 http://www.alexbeaton.com/ for updates and to purchase his music.