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Musical Guests

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!

Dram and Go

Dram & Go is very pleased to participate in the Portland Highland Games - Portland's signature Scottish cultural event - for their third year!

Founded in 2014 by professional Portland piper and composer Micah Babinski, Dram & Go combines Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes with traditional American fiddle tunes and even blues progressions to create a musical experience which audiences won't soon forget. With fiddler Rachel Bowen (also of folk fusion band Kendalin, and formerly Castletown) and acclaimed Celtic rhythm and finger-style guitarist Anton Emery, Dram & Go is eager to build on the success of their debut self-titled album, released in January of this year.

Playing at pubs, festivals, breweries, and numerous other events, Dram & Go possesses a unique ability to bring together hardcore piping fans, Irish trad aficionados, and casual listeners under one roof to enjoy the infectious combination of lowland pipes, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and Irish flute.

Please follow Dram & Go on Facebook to keep track of where they will be next!

The Fire

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together. The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Oregon Scottish Festival, The Yachats Celtic Music Festival, The Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California, and has recorded two albums together.

Golden Bough

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.

Whiskey and Stitches

Whiskey and Stitches are excited to return to the Portland Highland Games for their fourth time - they love Portland!

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!

Bill Mullen

Bill, from Dundee in Scotland plays a range of music from old to modern Scots and Irish songs. He brings a lively, inclusive, foot stomping presence that the audience loves. He is on his second year of touring the USA and Canada. Bill recently was the headline at the New Orleans Celtic Festival after playing Irish shows in San Diego and Honolulu. He plays at the Galway Bay Irish festival, WA and many Irish and Scottish venues wherever he travels.

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