As we look to our line up for 2021, we have to accept that there are continued pandemic related issues that will affect who is able to perform at VSG.
Thank you for your patience as we work to secure fabulous music for you to enjoy.
Many thanks to
for their many years of support and making our Entertainment Stage possible.
Special thanks to Jerry Vandenberg, "Just a Simple Pedler," for all of his extremely hard work over the weekend with our sound systems. To quote Jerry, "We'll sell anything, even
the 2nd D in our name."
Check out our Fiddling Tent for additional bands!
Two members of the band Henri’s Notions, the longest
performing Celtic band in the Southeastern United States - more than 30 years!
Jil and Scooter have also performed frequently in a trio format with Scottish
singer Ed Miller at many festivals throughout the US and Scotland. For the last
several years Jil and Scooter have been fortunate to work alongside many of the
finest artists in
Celtic Music, resulting in many spontaneous collaborations.
First introduced to Celtic music when she joined Henri’s
Notions in 1989, Jil Chambless has since become one of the finest singers and
flute players on the Celtic circuit. In December 2009, Jil released her first
solo CD, The Ladies Go Dancing, produced by the legendary Brian McNeill. Brian
has stated that Jil is "...truly a great singer!" Jil brings to any
audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads to upbeat songs
with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in each
and every performance!
Although Scooter Muse has his roots in Bluegrass and is
quite an accomplished 5-string banjo player, in the late 1980s he moved into
the world of Celtic guitar and soon after founded the Full Moon Ensemble,
performing for 8 years across the US and in Scotland before joining Henri’s
Notions in 2003. In 2005 Scooter released his first solo recording of original
guitar instrumentals, Saddell Abbey, which he is proud to say was purchased by
the Scottish Tourist Board in Kintyre.
The Saddell Abbey Trust of Scotland
calls the recording, "...a haunting and beautiful piece of music."
In 2010, Jil and Scooter began performing as a
duo to promote their individual solo projects, playing a variety of venues from
small house concerts to major Celtic festivals. Since then they have released
two CDs as a duo,
The Laverock Sang (2011) and Passing Tales & Glories
North of Argyll
With over 200 main stage performances for theaters,festivals, and corporate events, North of Argyll is becoming one of the most
popular Modern Celtic Music bands on the road today. North of Argyll is a high
energy Celtic Fusion band. The music style is a fusion of Contemporary and
Rock. Performances include foot stomping music, stories, legends, and
humor. North of Argyll is a touring band performing in the USA, Canada
and Internationally. The band performs in full Scottish Highland attire.
Prepare to enjoy a unique visual and auditory experience!
Named for towns in
both Ireland and Scotland, ARDMORE (“great height”) burnishes traditional
Celtic melodies with folk, bluegrass & rock influences. ARDMORE is Matthew
Dunne, who has played bass and guitar in bands in New York and DC for more than
twenty years, including jazz, rock, folk, soul, and musical theater. Now he’s
finally taking some lessons • Eric McCleaf, who has played guitarist and
percussion in various bands in the Washington, DC area for 20-plus years. Eric
teaches guitar & drum and is active in the Celtic/traditional music
community, serving as the Entertainment Chair for the Virginia Scottish Games
and Festival • Amy Nazarov, who sang in the award-winning folk/bluegrass band
Dead Men’s Hollow for 14 years. In addition to Ardmore, she sings and writes
original songs as part of the alt-folk duo Tiber Creek • Don Walters, whose
passion is exploring the fusion of rock, folk-rock, bluegrass, Celtic and
Americana music. Don’s driving mandolin —plus his lead & harmony vocals —
round out ARDMORE’s fresh take on Celtic tunes of yore.
Seán Heely Celtic Band
Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the
Seán Heely Celtic Band. U.S National Scottish fiddle champion Seán Heely takes
the helm as the group combines multiple different instruments and percussive
dance to perform a mix of modern and ancient, soaring melodies from the Celtic
tradition that will surely get every toe tapping! Heely is a U.S
National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish Fiddler and
singer specializing in Scottish Gaelic. Joining Seán at the Virginia Games this
year is an all-star lineup: Kevin Elam, All-Ireland singing champion and
multi-instrumentalist. Colin McGlynn, Junior U.S National Scottish fiddle
champion. Alex Kuldell, nationally-acclaimed percussionist. Agi Kovacs,
principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Seán brings a brand
new album to the games this year as well: "Homeport ~ Port na
Dachaigh" recorded as his duo with Colin McGlynn, The Glencoe Lads.
Entertainers you have been able to enjoy in recent years
and will be coming back in the future
Described as bold, unorthodox, vibrant, and evocative, the "GLENGARRY BHOYS" hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining.
Their energy and good humor, as much a part of the show as their musicianship, crosses all cultures and ages. Many things have been written and reported about this world renown Canadian alt-celt group over that last decade, all depicting their musical and entertaining prowess with varied audiences the world over, but their ability to marshal large enthusiastic audiences show after show is legion and recognized.
Their objective is simple yet evocative, as stated by their lead singer Graham Wright in a CBC "Fresh Air" interview: "if our audience can only get 10% of the satisfaction we get entertaining them - then we surpass objective". Accordingly and repeatedly, they do!!
From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers, always pushing the musical envelope but never straying too far from the traditional whence they came, have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances. Go ahead and try!
Steel City Rovers
The Steel City Rovers perform dynamic and expressive music that is a unique
composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including
bluegrass, folk and roots. Their original works touch on issues of love, loss,
celebration and heritage and they also breathe life into newly-discovered
instrumental melodies from as far back as centuries ago. Their sophisticated
arrangements are inviting for the most casual listener but are rewarding for
those who are well versed in the nuances of musical complexity. The Rovers
stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They
perform on meticulously crafted replicas of historical instruments that rarely
appear on today’s musical landscape. This highly active touring band headlines
large festival stages, gives intimate concert performances, educates in a
variety of workshop and master-class settings and performs internationally with
symphonies. They create, collaborate and work hard to further the love and
awareness of music.
For more information, please go to www.steelcityrovers.com.
Jim Lawrence has performed diverse types of music for over
four decades. He recorded a solo effort of rock n' roll and folk ballads in in
the mid 80s and has recorded three CDs with his talented daughter Holly. The
third CD, Caledonian Shadows, a collection of original and traditional Scottish
ballads, was nominated for the prestigious Wammie award by the
Music Association for best folk/traditional CD of 2011.
Lovely Lauren Smith is equally adept at bluegrass and Celtic
music and is seen on a regular basis in the violin section
of the Piedmont
Symphony Orchestra. Not only does she possess a quick ear and nimble fingers
but she also
lends her lovely voice to background and lead vocals.
Their CD Spare Parts, which includes a guest vocal by Holly
Breivik, is available for purchase,
and selections are available for
listening at ReverbNation.com.
Entertainment - Alex Beaton
Alex continues his recovery at home with his wife Linda. Please join with us in keeping them in your prayers as they continue this journey. Thanks to Jil Chambless and
Scooter Muse, we will be selling his CDs at the Entertainment Tent. Please come by and send him some well wishes. Please visit his website at http://www.alexbeaton.com/ for updates and to purchase his music.