Highland Reign, an international touring Scots American Folk Rock Band from Indianapolis, takes the tunes of the old country and breathes a rocking new life into them!
With traditionals such as "American Stranger", originals like "Carry On" and "The Streets of Edinburgh ", and many many more, Highland Reign has become one of America's favorite Scottish Folk Rock Bands!
With over 20,000 CDs sold, "The Celtic Christmas" is the most recent release by Highland Reign! This CD has the trademark upbeat vocals, lilting Scots Irish fiddle , catchy lyrics, and bagpipes/guitars!! Many of the songs were written while on their tour of Scotland/Ireland! Highland reign appears at venues and festivals all across America , Scotland and Ireland!
With wailing bagpipes/guitar tunes, lilting fiddles, and upbeat vocals, Highland reign will rock you back to the old country!!!
A Scotsman living in Texas and two Alabamans - sounds like an unlikely combination for a Celtic group; but wait until you hear them together!
Originally from Edinburgh, Ed Miller has made his home in Austin since finishing a PhD in Folklore at the University of Texas. With his rich voice and droll humor, he has established himself over the past two decades as one of the most popular performers at dozens of Celtic Festivals, coffeehouses and Highland Games throughout N.America. A product of the 1960's Scottish folk music revival, he has been described as "one of Scotland's finest singing exports." In addition, he hosts a folk music show on KUT-FM in Austin, teaches workshops at folk music camps and leads music-based tours to his homeland each summer and in 2003, he represented Scotland as part of the American Folklife Festival in Washington DC. He has 9 CD's to his credit. His repertoire covers the full gamut of Scots song, from old ballads and Burns songs to contemporary songs from a changing Scotland…and he'll expect you to join in the chorus.
Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse are both members of the popular Alabama-based Celtic band, Henri's Notions. They crossed paths with Ed at various festivals over the years and became firm friends both on and off stage. Gradually, they have developed into an excellent trio and have played together everywhere from Grandfather Mountain NC to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Jil is both a flutist and a singer, with a voice perfect for Celtic songs and a great ear for harmonies with Ed.
Scooter does his talking on the neck of a guitar. Despite being a multiple winner of banjo championships, his explorations into the use of open tunings for Celtic song accompaniment and tune playing has been his main focus of late. He has a wonderful solo guitar CD, "Saddell Abbey," and he and Jil have recorded 3 CD’s as a duo
The members of "Singing Pilgrims" have been making music together for close to 20 years--beginning when Bria and Natasha were small children in “The Apple Mountain Harp Kids” ensemble directed by Jeanne. Their musical journey morphed through their growing up years and most recently, Jeanne and Natasha played with the band The Next Chapter, (with performance credits such as the World Bodhran Festival near Killarney, Ireland, the North Texas Irish Festival, the Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, to name a few).
When The Next Chapter retired from performance after 10 years together, Natasha and Jeanne invited Bria, (Natasha’s sister) to join them in continuing their musical journey. They recently traveled to Ireland, sharing tunes in concert venues and pubs all along the way. Aggressive and passionate fiddle tunes are the centerpiece of the “Singing Pilgrims” signature sound and all three ladies take a turn on the Celtic harp—the instrument that brought them together and solidified their life-long friendship. Soulful ballads in three-part harmony give musical expression to the Celtic Journey that the three have been traveling together for two decades.
Carolina Ceili brings a Southern Appalachian flavor to traditional Irish music, creating a lively stage show that is equal parts danceable, enlightening, and transcendent. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, the acoustic quartet combines rollicking traditional jigs and reels with gorgeous vocal harmonies and story-songs, and are equally at home in a pub, a concert hall or a festival stage.
The Celtic Martins, a family band from southeastern Pennsylvania, is an exciting, energetic group that features traditional Celtic music and Irish step dancing. A performance by the Celtic Martins features the musical ability of the Martin children, accompanied by their parents on guitar and bass. The Celtic Martins play fiddle driven Celtic music, and their shows include several other instruments such as the Irish whistle, concertina, mandolin, bagpipes, and percussion. The exhilarating Irish step dancing by the Martin sisters is always a crowd favorite. Previously known as the Martin Family Band, the family has been performing music since 2004 and has quickly become a musical sensation, performing at venues throughout the United States.
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.
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.
Raven and Red is an award-winning American folk music group based in Nashville, TN. The band consists of Brittany Jones (vocals/violin) and Mitchell Lane (vocals/guitar), both graduates of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Together, they strive to reach audiences through their recordings and live performances, highlighted by eloquent vocals and expressive instrumental arrangements. Their innovative songwriting style is influenced by a combination of genres, including Celtic, country, classical, and American folk music. The group has performed hundreds of concerts at various festivals, venues, and events throughout the U.S., including opening shows for headliners such as eleven-time Grammy Award-nominee, Connie Smith, two-time Grammy Award-nominated bluegrass group, Dailey & Vincent, multi award-winning bluegrass band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Irish pop/Celtic rock band, Screaming Orphans. Raven and Red has headlined several top Celtic festivals around the U.S. including the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival, Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games, East Tennessee Celtic Festival, and Taste of Scotland Festival in Franklin, NC. Visit www.ravenandred.com to learn more about their latest album releases.
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.