INSIDE THE GAMES

INSIDE THE GAMES

In addition to traditional pipes and drums, dancing, and athletic competitions, the Games is a celebration full of demonstrations, performance and musical entertainment related to many aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture. There’s something bonny for every age!

 

Entertainers

Seamus Kennedy

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for the past 32 years. With a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels from Alaska to Florida, performing for audiences ranging from Popes and presidents to bartenders and bricklayers, college students and kindergartners. www.seamuskennedy.com‎

LA Fife and Drum

In 1905 the Old Soldiers Home in West Los Angeles established a fife and drum corps made up of veterans of the American Civil War. These men and women were members of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) A large veterans group formed following the Civil War. Photos and historic records of that original group can be found on our website in the “History” section.

In 2009, although none of the current members were a part of that original group, the Los Angeles Fifes and Drums was re-organized with the intent of carrying on the rich fife and drum tradition in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Fifes & Drums is an organization made up of professional level musicians located in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. This group is fortunate to have members that have many years of experience on their particular instruments playing this style of music. If you have an interest in this kind of music and in learning to play it, please contact us as we are preparing classes for interested students of all ages.

LAF&D is in the process of building our own rope tensioned field drums, patterned in part after the instruments played by the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Periodically visit our “Drums” link to follow our progress.

The music played is traditional to the Revolutionary War period with some of the pieces taken from manuscripts penned during the time of the American Civil War. LAF&D is aware and respectful of the rich heritage of both of those eras, and endeavors to stay true to the works chosen from those turbulent times. The musicianship of the members allows them to compose and arrange some of their own pieces which add to the varied flavor of their performances.

Cockswain

Formed in 2011 Cockswain made their St. Patrick’s Day debut in 2012 and have been working on developing their own style that can only be described as high energy celtic rock with gypsy rhythms and punk rock attitude. The word “Cockswain” means “one who steers the ship”. To the band, lead singer Neil Ward put it like this: “It is more about being in charge of ones own destiny. Rebels. Stay true to themselves. Probably the most punk rock name ever really.”

Angry Brians

The Angry Brian’s are a combination of musicians who came together from various other bands.  Their original songs and reinvented classics will burrow deep into your subconscious.  Hailing from County Kerne they travel all over the West coast seeking only a moment of your time to reconsider how you interpret the World of Music.  So if you are open minded grit your teeth for by the end of the day you will be an Angry Brian too.

Children’s Glen

The Children’s Glen hosts a number of activities for the little ones. Children of all ages can participate in downsized, mini athletic events (such as caber toss, pillow over the bar and braemar stone putt.) There are also a number of Celtic craft projects and the ever-popular Celtic Quest: hunting for various sites throughout the Festival and returning for a prize.

Living History

A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland. Performers will entertain and educate you though the medium of living history.

Sheep Dogs

Watch as these intelligent and highly skilled dogs gently herd sheep and ducks, under their handlers every command. Introduced to livestock as puppies so they “imprint” on the animals these animals are always able to get their ducks in a row! Don’t miss this demonstration of instinct combined with careful training and guidance.

 

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