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Just managed to get a couple of pics from a wee concert we did November 22nd, 2017 at the Town Hall in Winchester. Many thanks to Eric Duncan for having us. The crowd was great! Will try to get a few more pics!

 

Wonderful show last night (Sept 28th, 2017) at the St James Catholic Church in Maxville as a venue for the Festival of Small Halls in Ontario.  Thank you to Kelly Symes, General Manager for the Festival of Small Halls Ontario, for inviting me to be part of this great line up.  Piper Andrea Boyd, Dance troupe Change of Step, and of course Ashley MacIsaac!  Also, many thanks to Kathy Fraser-Collins and Heather Flipsen for being apart of my show! Everyone did a great job and we had a great audience.  Wouldn’t mind doing that again!!!

 

Well, it has been a busy month, however, many of the dates were for smaller or private events.  All important, but thought best not to necessarily post everything!! September has arrived and we start our fall tour with the ever popular Capital District Scottish Games held in Altamonte New York.  I have been doing this gig since 1982! Many thanks to all the organizers and volunteers for the great weekend.  Certainly looking forward to being back again next year…games willing!!

Here are some pics thanks to Donna Dame MacDonald and a local business, The Spot 518. Some pics from the tartan ball and some from the weekend on the grounds!

 

Wow, a busy but great weekend at the 70th edition of the Glengarry Highland Games 2017 in Maxville this year! Started the weekend before at the St Raphael’s Galarama. Then Thursday at the Tartan Ball playing with Pat Maher and the Torridon Scottish Dance Band.  Onto Friday at the Highland Games Tattoo where I had the pleasure of playing for my granddaughters first official performance with the MacCulloch Dancers at the age of 8. She was the youngest in the group and did a great job!  Into the evening with Stewarts Glen playing with Ashley MacLeod, Pat Maher and Chris Honegger.

Saturday continues playing with the Brigadoons in the afternoon and evening. Ending up with a big Jam with the Brigadoons, Brandy N’Port, Bob Burnie, Bobby Lalonde and Gary Mennie. A blast indeed. I don’t have pictures of everything but perhaps I will be able to scrounge up a few more later!!!

A big thank you to the organization committee’s of the Glengarry Highland Games for another great year under the direction of Anne Stewart. And thank you once again to Neil MacDonell, Mary Wattie and Nancy White for allowing me to perform at the various venues.

 

Great fun at the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts! Look Park was a great place to hold such an event! It was great to see many familiar faces of not only the entertainment groups, but of the patrons as well. I also had fun hosting the bonnie knees competition! Some good laughs.

Many thanks to Peter and Kaylin for hosting us. Made us feel right at home!  Also a big thanks to our sound technician Bill! Great job!

Here are a few pics.

 

On Wednesday, June 21st, I was asked to be apart of a re-dedicaton of the grotto in Alexandria. What a wonderful turn out and what a wonderful selection of entertainers. Was very glad to be apart of this. Will be heading back there during the month of July and August to perform with a couple of their concerts!

 

Thanks to Anna Ludlow for having me along for a lovely afternoon of entertainment at this private event. The crowd was warm and wonderful!

 

In May, we headed to Ireland!  What a wonderful trip with such a fun bunch! Here are a few pics to give you an idea, but there were so many pictures and none of them do it justice! Of course, I had to try a Guiness a day!! Looking forward to heading back again in October!

 

Thank you to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum for having Ashley MacLeod and myself out for their evening dinner gala in Alexandria. Most folks were dressed up in period costume. This not only celebrated the Glengarry Pioneer Museum, but Canada’s 150th year celebrations. I was also great to hear The County Lads come in for a set!

Thank you to Margaret Caldbick for the great pictures of the evening.

 

Managed to make it through another St Paddy’s weekend! Here are a few pics from the weekend. Enjoyed playing with Mr Pat Maher on Thursday in Ottawa and Friday in Buckingham. Thanks to Ken MacMillan for having us back once again. Thanks to our good friends Cleary Morris, Sonny Quinn and Ron for getting up for a few songs. And to the Buckingham Choir!! Fun was had by all!
Oh, and liz Elizabeth Cooley Byrne, a friend of yours popped by to say hello! Was very nice to meet Lynne Orwell and Dan Somers.

Saturday, it was on to the Fredonia Opera house in Fredonia, NY. Played with the Brigadoons along with the MacLeod Fiddlers. What a lovely venue and a wonderful crowd in the auditorium.
A great weekend overall!

 

Pre St Paddy’s weekend done for this year. We had a great night at the John Street Pub in Arnprior. Our first time there and their sound system was top notch! Thanks to Nick for having us and Cat for managing the sound! Also thanks to all those who came out to support.

On to Dacre and Douglas for Saturday! Thanks to Cath and Evelyn for having us. Loads of fun and good to see some old friends! Also great to catch up with Bang on the Ear. Nice to get a chance to chat for a while. Special thanks to the Brooks B&B for hosting Pat and I. Always a lovely stay!

Sharing some great pics from Hogman-eh 2016 in Ottawa thanks to the Scottish Society of Ottawa and Joseph Allain photography. A big thank you to Anna Ludlow for playing along. It was a great set!

 

A lovely Christmas Eve Eve service at the East Hawkesbury United Church. Thanks to Joyce Fraser for the invite to sing!  Also, thanks to Kathy Fraser-Collins and Koryne Fraser for their assistance and lovely music. It was nice to hear an actual old pump organ play once again!

Well the 45th anniversary of The Brigadoons went well! Full house and more at the Metcalfe Centre. Fun was had by all and a great afternoon. Thanks to some of the previous members for coming out to join in the fun.

Some more pics thanks to Nara Anderson with the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame

I really enjoyed playing with Andre Van Shyndel this week for the Russell Association for the Performing Arts presentation of Marion Bridge. The whole cast and crew were wonderful to work with. Congratulations to all for a great job. Further congratulations to Producer, JF Royer and Director, Jane Brownrigg for wonderful job and a shout out to Clare for my cupa!  Even some friends and folks came out from Maxville and Ottawa to see the show.

I have inserted a little outline of the show….

Russell Association for the Performing Arts presents Marion Bridge, a humorous and touching story by Daniel MacIvor.

When three sisters return home to be with their dying mother, they grapple with relationships with past lovers, with their parents, with each other and the lives they have come to lead. The production skilfully combines drama, music, and pointed Cape Breton humour that tugs tenderly at the heartstrings.

Director: Jane Brownrigg
Producer: Jean-Francois Royer

Cast
Agnes – Sandra McNeill
Theresa – Kerrie Whitehurst
Louise – Lindsay Hebert

And live music performed by Paddy Kelly and Andre Van Schyndel.

What a lovely evening with the St Andrews Society of Vermont celebrating their St Andrews dinner and dance.  Good to see many old friends and many new ones!  You may even know a couple of folks here!! This is the Brigadoons 41st consecutive St Andrews Ball in Burlington!

It was another great weekend at the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival. Here are a few pics from over the weekend.  Very good crowd on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Thanks for coming out an supporting us. Hope you all enjoyed the weekend. Thanks also to John Carmichael for sitting in with us at the ceilidh! Great craic! As well, great crowd and a lot of fun in the pipers tent as well! Right Bill?

Wonderful weekend at the 2016 Capital District Scottish Games. Thanks to Tom Weir for his hospitality,  to Bill Munro and all the Munro’s and the rest of the volunteers and committee for such a great games. Have been going to them for years and they feel like home to me!  Thanks also to Donna MacDonald for some of the great pics!

Had a great Friday evening at the Tartan Ball in advance of the Capital District Scottish Games! Here are a few pics from the evening:

Had the pleasure of playing Saturday afternoon with Paddy Maher for the great Osgoode Family Softball Tournament. Thanks to Tracey Blanchfield-D’Aviero for having us once again. It has been a long running tournament to aid local charity’s. Here are a few pics I managed to get.

Well Sunday was a nice easy day to entertain and be entertained at the Montreal Highland Games. Here are a couple of pics I managed to get before my phone gave out! One selfie of me and Mr. Graham Lindsey and one from a previous work mate, Lynn Lockey of us playing with Salty Dog!  Was great to see you again Lynn!

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What a great weekend at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario. A big congratulations to all of the organizing committee for a job well done! Here are a few pics from the weekend with the thanks of Barbara MacDonell for most of the pics! I managed one or two before my iPhone ran out of space! Also thank you to Padraig Allen from the MacLean Avenue Band for sharing in a wee song with 580 CFRA Ottawa. Was loads of fun. May take a year to recover, but was well worth it. Check out my Facebook page for a couple of video posts that you really must check out from the weekend!

Lots of fun and entertainment on Sunday at the St Raphaels Galarama! Here are a few pics of the action thanks to Margaret Caldbick. Fun was had by all!

It was a pleasure to act as MC for the 13th annual Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame induction dinner. Congratulations to all the inductees. Thanks to Nara Anderson for the great photo’s!

Just thought I would insert a couple of pics from our last scotch whiskey tasting with Frank MacDonald and the Companions of the Quaich!

A lovely weekend playing with the Brigadoons in Poughkeepsie NY for the Dutchess County Scottish Society. Thank you to Dave and Margo for the hospitality. Loads of fun and hope to see you all again soon.

A few more pics from the Maxville Music Fest thanks to Margaret Caldbick of the Glengarry News. EH Gospel Sound, the Brigadoons along with Rachel and Noel Campbell.

Some random shots from the 2016 Maxville Music Fest. Enjoyed playing Saturday evening with the Brigadoons as well as Sunday afternoon with EH Gospel Sound. Great crowds, great music and lots of fun!!

Well, we made it through another St. Patrick Day for 2016! I would like to thank Rosemary O’Brien for having me and Mr Pat Maher at the Brigid’s Irish Cultural Centre and Ken MacMillan for the great gang and patrons in Buckingham, QC! We even had a few Glengarrians come out and join in the fun!! Thanks Cleary for singing a few..always fun!

Well the pre-St Paddy’s Day weekend has come and gone! A great time playing with Pat Maher this past weekend and looking forward to the 17th! Here are a few pics from our weekend. Thanks to Nick at Coco Jarry’s, Cathy Hunt at the DACA Centre and of course, Evelyn and all the McHales up at the Douglas tavern! Ran across some friends of ours too!  Special thanks to Cathy and Rob Brooks for their hospitality and shuttle service! Looking forward to the big day on the 17th! More to come!

Well imagine that! Four men in a van!! Yes, the lads of the Brigadoons took a road trip down to the 33rd Annual Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Sunrise Florida! Was a great trip!  The ride was long, but worth it! Enjoyed sharing the stage with Off Kilter, a great celtic rock band from Florida. Missed having Ashley MacLeod with us on this trip while she waits for baby number 4!!