Once again we are bringing you a fantastic line up of musicians and bands, entertainment ranging from beautiful traditional tunes with harmonies to progressive Celtic Rock. The Entertainment Stage will have non-stop music all day Saturday. We are bringing back some of your past favorites!
Rebecca Lomnicky and David Brewer
Performers David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge and International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky perform captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into one heartfelt & rousing concert.
David and Rebecca have recently returned from Scotland living and studying in the Highlands, where they delved into the traditions of their respective instruments. They have forged their duo to create a new seamless sound which is both kinetic and full of passion.
In their performance they explore a classic repertoire with ever-changing combinations of fiddle, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, and penny-whistle.
Whiskey and Stitches
Whiskey and Stitches music has been describes as "Non-Traditional Traditional Irish-American Folk Punk." The six-member band's unique blend has brought them four Sammie nominations, as well as, two awards as one of Sacramento's best, and most dependable bands. They have been featured at prime events such as the great KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley, California, the Sonora Celtic Festival and Reno's Eurofest five times.
The band includes Mike McCarrick, vocals and guitar; Pete Barker, guitar and bass; James Wilson, mandolin, tin whistle, tenor banjo, and button accordion; Doug Vincent, bass; Steve Mooreweathers, accordion and keyboards; and Michael Minnick, drums. They bring a vibrant folk tradition into a modern context.
These guys are fun; they get up on stage and rock it out!
New Shilling plays traditional Celtic music with a modern groove - from heart-breaking ballads to classic pub tunes, from tender love songs to jigs and reels that will make you want to get up and dance. New Shilling's soaring fiddle and stirring pipes, laid against an energizing rhythm, make this band a local favorite.
The members of New Shilling are known for their inventive, fun and exceptional musicianship. Peter Yeates, guitar, lead and backing vocals, is a veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist from Dublin, Ireland. Eddie Parente, fiddle and backing vocals, is a master violinist whose classical training and jazz rhythms, country swing, Celtic sensibilities and sense of fun. Rob Barrick, bass, Highland pipes and electronic pipes, is a life-long piper beginning his musical life playing in competitive pipe bands. Ken Larson, bodhrán, lead and backing vocals, has developed an inventive and unique style in his three decades of playing bodhrán. He pulls an amazing range of sounds from the simple Irish drum.
The band easily transforms from traditional Irish and Scottish songs and instrumentals to jazz, country, reggae, old rock and roll, and any combination of the above!
Specializing in the traditional music from the seven Celtic nations, Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza, and Kathy Sierra perform on an array of acoustic instruments, including Celtic harp, accordion, tin-whistle, violin, viola, mandolin, mandola, guitar, and bodhran (Celtic hand drum). Their pristine vocal harmonies have become a Golden Bough trademark.
From the concert hall to the festival stage, Golden Bough has captivated listeners with the magic and beauty of Celtic music since 1980. Annual tours have taken these modern-day minstrels throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Fans and critics alike have expressed their enthusiasm for the performances. In the past 30 years, Golden Bough has recorded over 25 albums, gaining critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
Golden Bough performs not only the more familiar music of Ireland & Scotland, but also the lesser-known Celtic music of Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia. The musicians have carefully researched the authentic music of these Celtic nations, expanding on the styles to create a sound uniquely their own.
Dram & Go
Dram & Go explores the intersection of Scottish piping, old-time fiddle, Irish ceili, bluegrass, and rock. Composed of veteran musicians, piper Micah Babinski on lowland pipes and mandolin, Rachel Bowen on fiddle, and Mike Treadwell on bodhrán, Dram & Go has been busy harnessing the raw foot-stomping energy found at the intersection of Scottish piping, old-time fiddle, Middle Eastern melodies, bluegrass, and rock.
The musicians are looking forward to bringing the infectious combination of pipes, fiddle, and rhythm to venues throughout the region and with a forward-facing repertoire is poised to take audiences on a musical journey that they won’t soon forget. The band’s self-titled EP was released earlier this year.
Dram & Go is pleased for the opportunity to perform at the Portland Highland Games for this second time.
Musicians and bands that have performed at previous Portland Highland Games include:
Murder the Stout
Rose in the Heather
Men of Worth