2018 Entertainers 


ALBANNACH

Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums

Founded in 2005, this Pipes & Drum band has taken the USA by storm. Their unique style, charismatic stage performance, and love for all things Scottish has drawn crowds from coast to coast.

A MUST SEE! Not just another Scottish Pipes & Drums band! Albannach’s primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them- young and old! These folks ARE Highlanders! Scottish Warriors to the Core!

Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman”.

That’s exactly what we are. Albannach is comprised of three Scotsmen and one Scottish lass, all born and bred in Scotland! Our fifth and newest member is an American born Scot, but we won’t hold it against him. Our main purpose in life is to share our intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of our music.

Albannach is not just another Scottish ‘Pipes & Drums’ band, our primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them – young and old! With a champion piper, an award winning lead drummer, the unique sounds and talents of a didgeridoo player, and the tribal style bass drumming – our music isn’t for the faint of heart! It’s aggressive, like a Celtic punch to the face!

With 5 CDs, 1 Documentary (Scotumentary), Multiple Fan Tours to Scotland, Canada and the open sea; the Nach Army is 43k and growing!

These Celtic Rock Stars are as charismatic off stage as they are on. Being charming, intelligent, funny AND Scottish make all the right ingredients for a great interview. Radio, TV, Print they are comfortable with it all!

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Four Leaf Peat

Whether it's lively jigs and reels, slow airs, or songs, the spirit that gave birth to Irish traditional music can be felt in every set.

Four Leaf Peat is Chad Beauchaine on fiddle; Gil Draper on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin; Rick Hall on hammer dulcimer, vocals and bodhrán; and Jason Herrera on vocals, bodhrán, flute and whistle. 

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The GOOD THYMES CEILIDH BAND

2016 Good Thymes Band

 The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band formed in 2008 from members of the Knoxville Scottish Music Club. They play fiery Scottish tunes, including jigs, reels, strathspeys, waltzes, and lovely slow airs. The band is comprised of five musicians playing fiddles, a guitar, and hammered dulcimer - often changing up the sounds with penny whistle, bodhran, mandolin, vocals, and occasional step dancing. This group shares their love of Scottish music and performs repertoire that illustrates the shared influences on the old time traditional music often enjoyed in Appalachia and beyond. Players can be heard at the Scottish session held at Boyd's Jig and Reel in Knoxville on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. 

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COLIN GRANT-ADAMs

As a solo artist, Colin touches every emotion with his enthusiastic, high-energy, professional and artistic performance, tailored to fit any occasion, Scottish, Irish, Folk, Schools or Workshops. His captivating repertoire of Traditional Celtic-American, bluegrass and nationally acclaimed original material is delivered with his powerful tenor voice, and fiery quick guitar together with irrepressible good humor and stories. This, mixed with sing-along songs and even some unbelievable yodeling, appeals to audiences of all ages.

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John Miles

Historical Lecturer

John Miles is a retired US Marine Corps Officer and former college professor that now delivers lectures on Scottish history and other historical topics to groups. I have presented lectures to multiple Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festivals throughout the U.S.

John Miles was previously or is presently a member of Clan Gillean USA, Clan Donnachaidh USA, The Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), Scottish American Society Palm Beach, FL, the St. Andrew's Society of Albany, NY, the Scottish American Society of Tidewater, VA, and the Robert Burns Society of the Midlands, SC.

John Miles volunteers as a guest history lecturer at the Vermont Veterans' Home and has spoken to the Vermont Governor's Veterans' Education Committee (GVEC). In addition to the highland games and veteran's organizations, John also gives historical presentations at multiple Assisted Living Facilities and libraries in South Carolina.

John received a Master’s degree in Military Studies (military history) from American Military University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in History from Texas A&M University.

John Miles is a six-time published author in Marine Corps Gazette, the professional journal of the Marine Corps. His article on Highland Regiments service in North America was published by Scots Heritage Magazine in its Spring 2017 edition. His article on Martial Bagpiping was published by Pipes & Drums in its’ July 2017 edition. Additionally, the magazine History Scotland recently published his article online Iconic Songs of World War One sung by Scottish Singers.

 

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Marci the Entertainer

Singer and Story Teller

“Give me a stage, and I will entertain you,” has been Marci Salyer Nimick’s credo ever since she was old enough to know what that means. Couple that with her belief that all the world is indeed a stage, and you will understand why her friends and fans have dubbed her Marci the Entertainer.
When you see a Marci the Entertainer show, you never know what you will get—stories, music, poetry, dancing. The only thing you can predict is unpredictability. Marci’s lively performances take her audiences on journeys from the soul-searchingly profound to the toe-tappingly upbeat to the humorously irreverent. Marci wears her Appalachian roots, her 1980’s rocker fashion, her quick wit and her sentimental spirit as badges of honor. She knows exactly who she is and exactly how she got that way.
Marci the EntertainerMarci was born to the bluegrass music stage. She grew up on the road with her father, South Salyer, who is a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. She had her first paying gig more than 30 years ago at age 13. In the years since, Marci has been simultaneously living out all of her performance dreams—from the college classroom to the keynote speaker podium to the Opry spotlight to the International Storytelling Center stage.
Marci’s love of words and their power to affect audiences led her to a life of writing and performing. A prolific bluegrass songwriter, Marci also writes blues, country, swing, jazz, and alternative rock. However, her songs and her performances are always under the influence of grass—bluegrass, that is. Bluegrass Unlimited, the premier bluegrass music magazine, hails Marci as a creative singer and songwriter. “Marci’s got the charm and delivery that audiences want,” says Mike Dunbar, Nashville promoter, host, producer, and songwriter. “Her music is bluegrass that’s bluesy and sassy, and her lyrics are entertaining and thoughtful.”
Marci always was a storyteller; she just didn’t know that storytelling was a “thing”. After years of calling herself a singer-songwriter, a musician, a professor and a professional speaker who used stories to enhance her music and to engage students and conventioneers, Marci began calling herself a storyteller who uses everything she must touch people. Marci tells stories with her whole body, her whole soul and her whole heart. In fact, a line from one of her songs says, “I tear my heart out every night and leave it on the stage.”
Marci’s bubbly, upbeat, optimistic and always entertaining personality makes her a standout on any stage. You could call Marci Salyer Nimick a singer, a songwriter, a musician, a storyteller, a speaker, a buck dancer, a humorist, an actor, or you can simply call her Marci the Entertainer.

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The Selkie Girls

Hometown Coppell, Texas

The Selkie Girls PhotoIn a little over four years, The Selkie Girls have made a huge impression on the local and regional music scene. The band (Allison Johnson: guitar/vocals, JaycieSkidmore: penny whistle/flutes/vocals, Dave Ervin: guitar/vocals, Joel Black: upright and fretless acoustic bass, Martin McCall: percussion, and Linda Mudd: harp) has performed at the most sought-after events throughout Texas:

*North Texas Irish Festival
*Austin Celtic Festival
*Texas Scottish Festival
*Kimbell Art Museum
*Grapevine Grapefest
*Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse
*Dallas's Trinity Hall Pub

Whether it’s an intimate private event or a packed performance hall, The Selkie Girls provide an unforgettable music experience. The Selkie Girls recently released their third CD, Pirate Queen, which has received rave reviews and has been selling steadily at live shows and through iTunes and Amazon. Their music has been featured on popular radio shows in the United States, Canada, and the U.K., and their unique take on the Celtic/Folk music tradition, built upon lush vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumental arrangements, never fails to captivate audiences both old and young. With a repertoire including ancient laments, contemporary ballads, traditional Irish tunes, Scottish Gaelic folk, and a few foot-stomping jigs and reels, there's never a dull moment.

 

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Tannahill Weavers

This band is one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

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Trip Rogers

  Trip Rogers has been performing Celtic music throughout the Southeastern US for 15 years. As half of the traditional Celtic duo Thistledown Tinkers and lead guitarist and vocalist for the Celtic rock band Stirling Bridge, he has played at many of the Scottish Highland Games in the region, including Grandfather Mountain, Loch Norman, Charleston, and Sarasota to name a few.

Trip is known for bringing lots of energy and humor to the stage, and gives traditional Celtic music styles a hard-driving southern rock attitude!

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 BOB VALENTINE

 

Bob Valentine will again be our Master of Ceremonies at the 2016 Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games. If you have seen him perform - then you know why we keep asking him back! If you haven't seen him - don't miss him! Whether it’s an intimate Burns Supper or a huge festival, Bob will keep you entertained with his jokes, songs, and unique (and often times warped) view of life.  

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