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
For more information, please go to www.macgilliossa.com
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
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.
For more information, please go to www.steelcityrovers.com.
Sean Heely Celtic
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.
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.
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.