2018 Entertainment & Activities

Highland Way

Awesome, Awesome, and … did I say Awesome? That’s the only way to describe Highland Way, the quality of their music, the excitement they bring to their performances, and the professionalism which they bring to their concerts. Young and old and everyone in between can enjoy their music and the environment they create. They can improvise when needed, play with young musicians and dancers and crowds love them. I’m sure you will too. Playing everything from High Energy Festivals to Performing Arts Theaters, from Scotland to Nova Scotia, Ireland to California, Highland Way are simply the best at what they do. A native Scot with his Glasgow accent, Brian Caldwell is well known for his wonderful ability to charm any crowd while his
energetic and driving rhythm guitar blends flawlessly with the rest of the band. Joining Brian are Paul Graham Castellanos – on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, Sharon Whyte – on accordion and keyboards, Bob Sale – on percussion and drums, Glen Fisher – on bass, and master of guitars Jim Soldi.

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Wicked Tinkers

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS. Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible, tribal drums as a professional band since 1995 and for many years before that at parties, renaissance fairs and on various street corners. With the addition several years back of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and bronze-age Irish horn the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds. Don’t think that this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves- the boys in the band merge the best of modern, almost rock and roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection with long-forgotten, primal emotions and half- memories of ages past and experiences unknown and yet somehow familiar. This is music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.

The Ploughboys

Instrumental wizards Liam Lewis (mandolin, violin,) and Vito Gutilla (fiddle) blazing melodic lines soar above the driving rhythms of Mark Romano (guitar and accordion) Chris Rolontz (Double bass) and Taylor Murphy, (drums), with intricate vocal harmonies underpinning songs and stories from the Gaelic and Americana tradition.

The Ploughboys provide fresh, dynamic, energetic entertainment that goes far beyond just the tunes we play and the songs we sing. Deep roots and dedicated musicianship transcend our Celtic roots, with a sprinking of bluegrass, shape our occasional forays into what we like to call, “Greengrass” music. Whether performing in the Celtic tradition, favorites from the British Isles, or their own, wickedly clever compositions, the Ploughboys are sure to provide a hard-driving, table-top dancing, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time!

Golden Bough

Celtic folk group, Golden Bough, join the San Diego Scottish Highland Games with their newest show of lively tunes from Ireland and Scotland. Set sail for the land of freedom and opportunity in this spirited concert that pays homage to beloved Celtic roots.

The band will bring a little slice of the home country in rousing jigs and reels, haunting ballads and humorous melodies. Performing lively songs with three-part harmony and an array of instruments like the fiddle, accordion, mandolin and penny whistle, Golden Bough has toured internationally since 1980 with a whopping repertoire of 22 albums.