The BorderCollies are a contemporary Celtic band, featuring a unique blend of traditional Celtic and folk influences in their music. Their latest CD, "Sticks and Stones", showcases the band's original compositions and their ability to interpret and arrange traditional material. Based out of Duluth, Georgia, the band performs regionally around the southeast at concerts, festivals, pubs and clubs.
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.
In their first appearance at our Festival, we are excited to present Feckless Fear Dearg. They are a Pub Band specializing in traditional and folk music from all over the Gaelic Isles. They can enchant listeners as they play acoustically, and they can plug in and excite both young and old with their lively pub party tunes. Don’t miss them - from all reports, they leave everyone begging for more!
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 acoustic music duo formed by lead singer/guitarist Mitchell Lane and fiddler/singer Brittany Jones. Both graduates of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Mitchell and Brittany are well versed in classical repertoire and enjoy combining these techniques in their recordings and live performances. The Nashville, TN duo has performed concerts at various festivals, venues, and events throughout the U.S. Raven and Red has expanded into the Celtic music genre with recordings and live performances at several top festivals showcasing Scottish and Irish music.
Shamrock Road is a band specializing in Irish Pub Ballads, and was formed in response to a request from a friend to “put together a little Irish music". The group consists of six friends from the Oak Ridge/Clinton/Knoxville area with varied backgrounds, but a common love of the music. The band plays a variety of songs including many of the old pub standards, and some more contemporary ballads by artists such as Mary Black, Christy Moore, and even U2. The focus for Shamrock Road is, as they say in Ireland, “Ceol agus Craic”, or music and good times.
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.