Celtic Music


For a detailed schedule of Celtic Music during the festival, please look at the Schedule Table for Celtic Music Tent.

Here is the line-up for the Celtic Music Tent for this year’s games:

Black Angus

Black Angus is an innovative band specializing in music from Ireland, Canada and the US. Lead singer Gareth Hurwood lead the popular band Kitangus and his new unit regularly perform at Irish Times Pub and Butchart Gardens. The band is devoted to crafting great songs and arrangements which make for some rousing and entertaining performances.


BLACKTHORN features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery of a colourful variety of instruments. Blackthorn’s extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. From lively jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

Celtic Reflections

Celtic Reflections is Patrick and Patricia De Gabrielle; a multi-instrumental and vocal duo, based in Victoria B.C. They perform in a wide variety of styles, from traditional Celtic folk to gypsy jazz. It is this versatility that makes Celtic Reflections unique. Their instrumentation includes Vocals, Celtic harp, classical/acoustic guitars, mandolin, octave mandolin, Irish whistles, fiddle, and bodhran, zilla, castanetts, other percussion instruments, and bass pedals.


Coastline Coastline is a string ensemble comprised of 17 of BC’s top young musicians ranging from ages 13-21, coached and mentored by internationally acclaimed fiddler, Ivonne Hernandez. With intricate arrangements of traditional, original and contemporary fiddle tunes from around the world, Coastline is pushing boundaries and always having a great time whenever they play. From the farthest island on the West Coast of Canada comes a new tradition that is Coastline!


Cookeilidh – If it’s a kitchen party yer after…you’ve come to the right place. Cookeilidh are a four piece Celtic band from Victoria comprised of a twelve string guitar, fiddle, wooden Irish flute, bodhran and vocals. Noted for their high energy performances, fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be the craic!

Crikey Mor

Hailing from Victoria, BC, Crikey Mor delivers a tightly arranged whirlwind of traditional Irish reels, jigs, polkas, and so…ngs that will keep your spirit moving. The group consists of Nancy Grossert on fiddle, Tasia MacKay on flute, Eric Reiswig on uilleann pipes, Jeremy Walsh on guitar, Andrew Morris on bodhran, and all on vocals—and hopefully a bunch of wild dancers in the audience. Crikey Mor have performed in Victoria and all around Vancouver Island, including the Victoria Highland Games Festival, Folkwest, Read Island Beach Fest, neighbouring Gulf Islands, and have even brought their foot-stomping music to the small Malcolm Island town of Sointula, BC. Crikey Mor also performed in Harrison Hot Springs, BC with the Harrison Festival Society, as well as CelticFest Vancouver 2014 and 2015.

Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne Hernandez has been wowing audiences and capturing the hearts of fiddle fans across the world. With her technically brilliant fiddling, added with her singing and step dancing and of course her charisma, Ivonne’s captivating show leaves the audiences wanting more.

Joe Higgins

Joe Higgins is a solo Scottish singer/songwriter,who immigrated to Canada in the mid 90’s and has performed locally ever since. Prior to coming to Canada, Joe performed in Glasgow, London, Germany and Austria. Joe has performed at past Highland Games and his Celtic songs have been played on CFUV and CBC radio stations.

King Tide

KING TIDE comprised of Paul Ruzsel and the husband and wife team of Andy and Kim Cooper. King Tide delivers a happy union of Celtic, folk and old-time renderings of both classic and new compositions. Paul is an accomplished singer-songwriter with hundreds of songs: acoustic blues, sea shanties, folk, bluegrass and gospel. Kim Cooper has a soul based in music, performing with skill on fiddle, bodrhan and as a vocalist of great depth. Andy Cooper is a widely travelled musician with roots in old time square dance music.

Knacker’s Yard

Knacker’s Yard is a six-piece Celtic traditional folk band with members from Victoria, Saanich, Metchosin and Sooke, British Columbia. Formed in Victoria in the spring of 2012, the original intent was, and still is, to perform traditional Celtic and English folk songs, instrumentals and ballads dating from the 1600’s up to the 1960’s. Their repertoire includes songs made popular by voices such as Ewan MacColl, Shirley Collins, Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Enoch Kent, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and well-known musical groups such as the Dubliners, The Pogues, Corries, The Wolfe Tones, Planxty, De Danaan, and the Bothy Band to name a few. The band plays a selection of ballads and instrumentals. Join Knackers Yard and friends at other venues they have arranged to celebrate Celtic Heritage through song and dance, and to ‘prolong the magic’; visit www.knackersyard.net

Sarah Tradewell

Sarah Tradewell is an award winning 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.

The Clanns

The Clanns come from central Vancouver Island and are influenced by The Pogues, Flogging Molly and The Dubliners. Their music has been featured on CBC Radio and several international podcasts. Their first CD release was in May 2015, featuring original songs.

The O’Briens

The O’Brien Family has been wowing Victoria audiences for the past few years with their contemporary folk sounds and dynamic vocal arrangements. They have performed at folk festivals, Butchart Gardens and you may have even seen them busking around town. They have an Irish pedigree and a youthful exuberance for family folk traditions.

The Sweet Lowdown Duo

THE SWEET LOWDOWN DUO features Shanti Bremer (banjo) & Amanda Blied (guitar). Their original acoustic roots music is influenced by Celtic jigs, Appalachian old time, contemporary pop and that particularly Canadian blend of driving tradition and ground- breaking originality with songwriting and innovative instrumental arrangements.

Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey hails from Mt. Pearl Newfoundland and blends East Coast music with West Coast rock. The three piece band consists of guitar, bass and drums and the occasional ugly stick for good measure.

Women of Celtic Fiddle

Women of Celtic Fiddle – Vancouver Island is known for producing some of the best fiddlers anywhere. We are lucky enough to have brought together on one stage Ivonne Hernandez, Sarah Tradewell and invited guest to the trio Nellie Quinn. Fiddling artistry at its finest!

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016