The music and dancing are the backbone of the festival. This year there will be five pipes and drums band: Atholl Highlanders Pipe & Drums, our hometown Appalachian St. Andrew’s Pipe & Drums, Alhambra Highlanders Pipe & Drums, North Georgia Pipe & Drums, and John Mohr MacKintosh Pipe & Drums. Atholl Highlanders has been our annual Host Band with our Drum Major Don Bogue leading on Parade. The bands come together both days on the Main Field for Massed Bands and all bands perform individually twice a day in walkabouts throughout Meeks Park, rain or shine.
The Scottish dancing will be performed by the Royal Scottish Country Dancers-Atlanta Branch. These Scottish country dancers will perform and lead dancing workshops for those who want to learn both Saturday and Sunday at the Dance Pavilion. Also performing and demonstrating traditional Scottish Highland Dancing are the Glencoe Highland Dancers from Atlanta. They will perform on Saturday only at the Dance Pavilion.
At the Entertainment Tent we will host traditional and upbeat groups such as Colin Grant-Adams, The Blarney Girls, Raven and Red, and 7 Nations. Groups perform twice each day.
The Saturday Evening Concert will feature the Blarney Girls followed by 7 Nations at the Entertainment Tent. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for 13 years and older. 12 and under are FREE, rain or shine.
The duo “Kitchen Racket” (formerly the Oatcakes) will perform traditional Scottish fiddling and keyboard at the Dance Pavilion 3 times on Sunday only.
The annual Scottish Fiddle Workshop will be Saturday only at 2:00 p.m. at the Fiddle Tent, now located on the creek side diagonally across from the Dance Pavilion. Fiddler Emily Blair will instruct. Bring your fiddles and join in, or just come to watch. The annual Bagpipe Workshop will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday only at the Dance Pavilion. Watch, learn and participate. No instruments necessary.
New this year will be a combined performance of Paul McCartney’s “Mull of Kintyre” Scottish song. Performers are Colin Grant-Adams, the Blarney Girls, Raven and Red, and all 5 bands. This will be performed at the Entertainment Tent both days at 3:15 p.m.
Don’t forget to register online at www. blairsvillescottishfestival.com for the Gaelic Gallop, a 5K race/1 mile Fun Run/Walk. Registration begins at 7 am at the North Georgia Tech campus across from Meeks Park on Highway 515. The Gaelic Gallop begins at 8 am, rain or shine.
Be sure to place the Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games on June 9 and 10 in your calendars. Come on down and join in the fun!