The San Antonio Highland Games will feature a wide variety of Celtic music this year playing on three stages throughout the weekend. Musicians booked for our event are listed below and a schedule can be printed here. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
- With their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes by storm all audiences from Highland Games and town festivals, to bankers and punk rockers. In addition to their high-energy music and fire juggling, flamethrowers on their instruments guarantee an exciting show: an event that‘s sure to please all the senses!
Beth Patterson -·· Known for her razor wit and musical versatility, Beth Patterson's performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs “SWAP” (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive).
Michael William Harrison - Michael makes a triumphant return to the stage this year at·our·San Antonio festival·following a two-year absence and a successful battle against throat cancer.· Michael·performs a fine selection of traditional and modern songs from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America -·all with a connection to the old country.· Over the years, having performed at Celtic festivals across Texas and·the south, Michael has, and will continue to perform shows for adults and children in Texas and around the country. Tom Knapp of Rambles Magazine wrote, “Michael William Harrison is the sort of authentic folk artist who keeps the genre alive and kicking.· This is the core of folk music, just a singer and his music. If we don't keep musicians like Michael William Harrison sitting on their stools and strumming their guitars, all the big band projects around won't keep folk music alive.”
- Flashpoint is a new Irish music band comprised of three of the finest young musicians in the north Texas area: Joseph Carmichael and brothers David and Daniel Mehalko.· Flashpoint is quickly establishing themselves as one of the most talented up-and-coming performers of Irish folk music. With a variety of instrumentation (including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and flute), and a tasteful mix of various styles, they present an exciting performance that is appealing to general audiences yet still true to the tradition of Irish music.
- Ed Miller has been hailed as "one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival" and as "one of Scotland's best singing exports." Originally from Edinburgh, he has for many years been based in Austin, TX where he gained graduate degrees in Folklore and Geography at the University of Texas.O'Malarkey
Take one large portion of traditional Irish tunes.
Add a pinch of contemporary Celtic.
Season to taste with humor and song.
Blend well at high speed for 90 minutes or so.
Slam it down, chase with Scotch, call it O'Malarkey.
Ravenmoor - Ravenmoor is a trio of John Wiesen (Guitar and Vocals), Sally Wiesen (Fiddle and Vocals) and Ron Wilson(Fiddle, Concertina, and Mandolin) who perform acoustic based Celtic music as well as original compositions in the traditional style. John is a songwriter with over 40 songs and tunes to his credit and is an accomplished singer and guitarist. His Scots-Irish heritage and interest in geneaology has provided inspiration for his original songs and tunes. From haunting airs to rousing pub songs to vocal harmonies, Ravenmoor brings you an exciting and enchanting blend of Celtic musical magic.
- Beautiful harmonies and imaginative arrangements of classic Scottish and Celtic songs are the hallmarks of The DramBeauties. The "old sangs"...the ones that grandmothers taught their granddaughters about The Isle of Skye, Bonnie Prince Charlie and other interesting characters and legendary places are the songs The DramBeauties love to sing. They take these much loved and much sung songs and make them their own. Due in large part to the extensive choral background of each member, their voices blend together beautifully.
San Antonio Pipes and Drums
- The San Antonio Pipes and Drums, a non-profit organization formed in 1986, strives to present traditional bagpipe band music for the enjoyment of both musician and audience. Members wear traditional Scottish attire, each kilt in an authentic tartan of the member's choice so that many clans are represented. Instruments played are the Great Highland Bagpipes and specially tuned drums.· Participants range in age from teenagers to "over 70" retirees. They average from 60 to 70 performances each year in special events, festivals, and celebrations over much of Texas. A popular attraction at the Texas Folklife Festival each year since their formation, the band is also proud to have played for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the president of Mexico when they visited San Antonio. They represented the city of San Antonio in a Fiestas Octubre Parade in Guadalajara,Mexico, and were first musical group offically to perform in the Alamodome.
Musicians and Entertainers may contact the Entertainment Director,