For a detailed schedule of Celtic Entertainment during the festival, please look at the Schedule Table for Entertainment Stage.
Here is Saturday’s line-up for the Entertainment Stage for this year’s games:
O’Connor – O’Brien School of Irish Dancing
O’Connor – O’Brien School of Irish Dancing brings the tradition of Irish dance to the modern day by combining a strong sense of tradition and discipline while promoting fun and friendship. The foundations are instilled by thorough and careful teaching of the basic elements, while nurturing each dancer through the various levels of Irish dance. Some students enjoy recreational dancing, while others work to compete one day in the world championships. Irish dancing classes are located in North Vancouver, Victoria, West Vancouver, Nanaimo and Ladner.
Victoria Highland Games Dancers.
This local group made up of dancers ages 16+ performs traditional highland and national dances and use traditional highland movements in choreographed numbers. Some members compete in addition to the group’s show performances. Many of the dancers are certified highland dance teachers who help teach the next generation of dancers. Come and enjoy.
78th Fraser Highlander Pipes and Drums
78th Fraser Highlander Pipes and Drums are sponsored by the 78th Fraser Highlanders Society, which promoted the history, drill, music and uniforms of an 18th century British regiment formed for service in Canada. The pipe band provides lessons to local youth who wish to learn the art of piping or drumming. Interested adults who are trained pipers and drummers are also welcome to join. Please contact pipe major SS Kelly at: www.78fraservictoria.ca or call 250-721-5208.
Victoria Irish Dancers
Victoria Irish Dancers have classes in both Victoria and Cedar BC for ages 4 years to adults, including recreational and competitive classes. Victoria Irish Dancers participate in many community events throughout the year pleasing audiences with their fantastic skills and abilities. A can’t miss.
The Mount Baker High School Mountaineer Marching Band
The Mount Baker High School Mountaineer Marching Band from Deming Washington, the band regularly travels to Victoria, but also has performed at the University of Washington in Leavenworth Washington, and Disneyland California on at least 14 occasions in the past 45 years. The band has been wearing kilts as their uniform since the 1930s. The community is very proud of the uniforms and this Scottish heritage.
Patrick and Patricia De Gabrielle have lived in East Sooke for fifteen years, and performed together as Celtic Reflections for concerts, weddings, house parties, and special community events, from Victoria to all over the Island and the mainland, to their recent stage debut in Jalisco, Mexico. They are both trained musicians and seasoned performers with a theatre background. In addition to performing full time, they also teach in their home studio, sharing their love of music with adults and children.
Award winning fiddler Sarah Tradewell is a Victoria-based musician whose middle name should be versatility. Not only a fine fiddler, you may have seen her performing with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, with singer Ken Lavigne, in shows with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, or at the Irish Times Pub with Black Angus. Sarah is well known to fiddlers and folkies as a fixture in the fiddle community: equally comfortable playing old time, country and Celtic music. Sarah is a two-time BC Fiddle Champion and has competed at the invitational Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships. Sarah has performed at the first Victory Ceremony at BC Place for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, in professional theatre productions (Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, My Fair Lady, Pride and Prejudice, Animal Crackers), and at the Sydney Opera House with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. Visit www.sarahtradewell.com
Coastline is a Victoria based string ensemble comprised of BC’s top young musicians coached and mentored by renowned fiddle phenomenon, Ivonne Hernandez. This award-winning band has already been making a name for themselves since their inception in January 2013. With fiddles, cellos and guitar, the group of talented teens plays a diverse and exciting repertoire of fiddle tunes from around the world. Their debut album was a 2 time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and they just released their highly anticipated new album called ‘The High Drive’. www.coastlinefiddle.com