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.
The Cowichan Pipes and Drums
The Cowichan Pipes and Drums is a community based band serving the Cowichan Valley since 1999. Performance is the main focus with the band participating in many local parades and festivals. The band has had the opportunity to travel internationally. In 2013, they were the guest band at the Highland Games in Monterey, California. In 2015, they toured and performed in Shanghai and Beijing China. Most recently the group participated in the Kimberley Tattoo as one of the featured bands. The Cowichan band presents a unique blend of traditional music along with a more unusual rock ensemble where the band is joined by members on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and kit drum. The repertoire extends into a diverse, internationally inspired collection of music.
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.
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
Scottish Country Dancers
Scottish Country Dancing is the social dancing of Scotland and is danced throughout the world. The Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society dancers are a lively group of over 130 dancers who love to introduce newcomers to the joys of Scottish Country Dancing. The group offers six classes a week ranging from the basic to advanced levels and monthly socials both in Victoria and the Western Communities. It’s a great way to keep fit and to meet new people in a very social setting. The Demonstration Team of the Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society performs choreographed routines designed to best share our Scottish heritage with our audiences. The group dances reels, jigs and slow graceful strathspeys as well as step dancing. www.viscds.ca