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Rhode Island Highland Scottish Festival - Boston Events INSIDER

Rhode Island Highland Scottish Festival at Boston Events INSIDER
Johnny's Summary
A haggis hurl? I hope hurl means 'throw' and not 'vomit'. Going even further back in time, you'd have to be crazy not to go to this Scottish festival. There will be dancing, music, booths for all the clans, the Society for Creative Anachronism, competitions of all sorts and wacky sports. . 401-596-5849. Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond Townhouse Rd., Richmond, RI . See my Johnny Monsarrat prank on Dan.
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June 9, 2012

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rain or Shine

Opening Ceremonies 11:30 am


Amateur and Professional Athletics

Highland Dance

Highland Piping

Pipe Band


Drum Major

Celtic Harp Demonstrations

Children's Games

Clan Village

Scottish Country Dancers

Scottish Food and Merchandise

Scottish Entertainers

Sheep Dog demonstrations

Awards Ceremonies 4:30pm

And Much Much More!

Adults $12

Children 6-12 $5

Children under 6 FREE

No Pets Allowed on Fairgrounds


Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for ""Scottish"" or ""Scotsman"". That's exactly what we are. Albannach are all born and bred in Scotland and our purpose in life is to share our intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of our music. Albannach are not just another Scottish 'Pipes & Drums' band. We bring a new and exciting form of music to your living room. A championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bring you a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music. Our style of music is exciting, energetic and enchanting and we promise to leave you begging for more. Band members include: Jamesie Johnson - bass drummer and responsible for some of the bandís vocal works; Jacquie Holland - bass rhythm drummer and known for her haunting vocal skills; Donnie MacNeill - a world-renowned bag piper; Aya Thorne - on the bodhran; and Colin Walker on the snare drum. Colin is now Albannachís lead drummer.

Celtic Harp Circle

Throughout much of history, the harp has been closely associated with traditional music in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. This beautiful instrument quickly stirs the emotions in all who hear it. A haunting Scottish air can bring tears to the eyes while a lively dance tune will get the feet tapping and the body moving! Several harpers from all over New England will play a wide variety of different music types from the Celtic world including slow airs, reels, jigs, hornpipes and strathspeys.

Scottish Country Dancers



Think of Scottish Country Dancing as a cross between square or contra dance and ballet. It's a modern form of the country dancing popular in England and Scotland in the 18th century. The dances developed over many centuries as itinerant dance masters traveled from clan to clan teaching dances. Dances are of three types, distinguished by their tempos: lively reels, moderately fast jigs, and slow strathspeys.

Charlie Zahm

Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Scottish Games and maritime music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as ""coming along once in a generation,"" Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of a family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings and with dashes of humor and light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!

MacTalla Moír

In 2009 MacTalla Morís haunting rendition of The Mist Covered Mountains was named Celtic Radio Song of the year in the roots traditional category. The band formed when members of the Devlin-Ofgang family decided to combine their musical talents into one never-before-heard style. Brothers Jesse and Levon Ofgang play bagpipes, drums and guitar, their mother Patty Devlin plays the bodhran (a traditional Irish drum), their brother Erik Ofgang plays the bass and is a professional magician who does magic during the shows. Added to the mix is riveting organ, piano playing and haunting vocals. Potential fans need look no further that the bandís slogan, ďThe Pipes are Calling Resistance is Futile.Ē

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