The 96th Highlanders thank all of our Sponsors
for their generous support of the
Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival
Schedule of Events
6 PIPE BANDS
Pipe Band Schedule 2015
Morning Pipe Band Schedule: Tentative Schedule
9:00 AM – Gates to Festival Open
9:30 AM – 96th Highlanders Pipes & Drums
9:50 AM – MacKenzie Highlander Pipes & Drums
10:10 AM – Gordon Highlanders Pipes & Drums
10:30 AM – Caledonian Pipe Band
10:50 AM – Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band
11:10 AM – City of Thorold Pipe Bandf
11:30 AM – Lochaber Pipe Band
11:50 AM – Intermission
12:00 PM - Massed Bands Opening Ceremony
Afternoon Pipe Band Schedule: Tentative Schedule
1:30 PM – 96th Highlanders Pipes & Drums
2:00 PM – MacKenzie Highlander Pipes & Drums
2:25 PM –Gordon Highlanders Pipes & Drums
2:50 PM – Caledonian Pipe Band
3:15 PM – Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band
3:40 PM – City of Thorold Pipe Band
4:05 PM – Lochaber Pipe Band
4:30 PM – Intermission Bands get ready for Massed Bands
5:00 PM - Massed Bands
Massed Bands Will Be:12:00 PM & 5:00 PM
The list of the 7 Pipe Bands attending this years festival is listed below. It is a great list of pipe bands so you will not want to miss their performances. Each Pipe Band will be playing two 20 minute concerts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon plus two Massed Bands .
NO OTHER, NON COMPETITION FESTIVAL, IN TRI-STATE AREA
MANY PIPE BANDS IN ONE DAY!!
Ticket sellers - Security - Band Ushers - Beer Tent
Shirt Tent - Scottish Auction Tent
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
People to help set up tents, get the tables & Chairs from various places around the county.
Basically set up various aspects of the festival.
Lunch will be provided.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
We will need volunteers to work various areas of the festival, ticket tents, beer tent, kids' area, parking cars in parking lot just to name a few jobs available. Keeping the area free of trash during the festival.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
We will need volunteers to take down tents, collect all tables and chairs and help return them to their rightful owners. Police area for trash.
This only takes 3 to 4 hours if enough people show up to help.
all Three days is provided by the festival.
Our special thanks to all who volunteered in 2014.
If you would like to be a festival volunteer contact:
The Celtic Circle Ceilidh Band's rich sound comes from seven accomplished
musicians performing over 15 diverse Celtic based instruments. Add to that
layered vocal harmonies and you have a band that presents Celtic music
with energy and passion. Collectively, CCC Band members perform with six
other music groups including a bagpipe band, flute ensemble, and
rock/blues band which adds to the diverse approach to Celtic music that is
the Celtic Circle Ceilidh Band.
They have performed at:
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Scottish Festival
Amherst, New York
Niagara Celtic Festival
Olcott, New York
Buffalo Irish Festival
Buffalo, New York
So plan on Spending Friday Evening with us at our annual "Kick-Off" Party in the
Beer & Wine Garden at
Mayville Lakeside Park Mayville New York !!!
Big Leg Emma was born in 2001 in Jamestown, NY, and has been on many roads before leading to their current band.
Long time friends & musical partners Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse started the band, and have been a constant.
Kev Rowe joined the band as lead guitar bringing an eclectic-tasteful sound to Emma. After their rebirth in 2012,
they added Corey Kertzie (Drums) who drove the band to an even higher level with his energy and groove.
Mix that with the band’s newest member, Miguel (bass guitar), and you have yourself a rhythm section
driving the music like a freight train. It’s this process of finding the perfect members aligned with their quest
for this to be their time.
Big Leg Emma in 11 years has performed in many major music festivals including:
Finger Lakes Grassroots Music Festival, Great Blue Heron Music Festival, Bliss Festival,
Silver Maple Music Fest and many others.
The band has shared the stage with Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, ,Little Feat ,Del McCoury 10,000 Maniacs,
Max Creek, and Hot Tuna to name a few. BLE has performed in over 25 states from NY to Colorado.
And all the way down to the Florida Keys and Punta Cana.
Big Leg Emma is: Charity Nuse - Mandolin, Vocals Steve Johnson - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Kev Rowe - Electric Guitar, Vocals Miguel Morales - Bass Guitar Corey Kertzie - Drums
Big Leg Emma will be performing 7 P.M. till 10 P.M.
So stay after the Festival's 5:00 Massed Bands come
to the Beer & Wine Garden for our CEILIDH!!
NO COVER CHARGE JUST COME IN AND HAVE A GOOD TIME!
Items Donated by Local Business, Festival Vendors and Individuals to be auctioned off to raise money for our scholarship fund. Last year we raised $2,000. We would like to beat this amount with your help this year. It is well worth the time and money spent.
If you are a business or individual who would like to donate an item or cash to the Scottish Auction you can fill out a form by clicking the Scottish Auction Form button or call Doug Clark at 814-323-7360
Remember all the proceeds from the Scottish Auction goes straight into the Festival Scholarship Fund.
McCarthyism pulls together Celtic, folk and rock influences for an infectious sound that has won over crowds throughout the Northeast, Southern Ontario and even California.
They have shared the stage with many international acts including Spirit of the West, the Proclaimers, Glenngarry Bhoys and Great Big Sea.
The Buffalo News called McCarthyizm “Tough, relentless and propulsive, but always melodic and catchy as hell” and described their latest CD “Victors & Vices” as “Rowdy, smart and memorable”. McCarthyizm’s set at the Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival is sure to deliver the same.
McCarthyizm is: Joe McCarthy (vocals, acoustic guitar), Paul Ceppaglia (lead guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Helen Butler (fiddle), Dave Mucha (bass, vocals) and Jeff Schaller (drums).
Steel Clover is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now we invite you to listen as Sue Borowski comes to our festival for the first time this year.
Sue will be accompanied by Jim Borowski on Sound.
Sue Borowski (other known as Steel Clover) is a singer, songwriter and recording artist from the historic steel town of Homestead, Pittsburgh, PA. Sue made her debut as a Celtic solo artist in November, 2012 at Riley’s Pour House in Carnegie, PA. Her music touches the hearts of listeners all over. A local Celtic music reviewer from Pittsburgh City Paper has been quoted saying that “her arrangements are full of passion, spirit and sensitivity that will leave you wanting to hear more.” You can check out her new CD’s “In the Celtic Spirit” and “In the Christmas Spirit” on CD Baby, I-Tunes and Amazon.com Email: Sue Borowski
Celtic ballads and spirited songs that will move your spirit. Sue's unique arrangements are laced with musical dialogue and lilting expressions that will touch your heart.
Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham
Sue is a classically trained violinist and has been an avid student and performer of Scottish Fiddle music for the last 15 years. She was fiddler for the band Ischabaha for 10 years and is founder and director of the Bonnie Loch Fiddlers and the Bonnie Loch Fiddle Club. She plays fiddle part time with the Ohio based band Father, Son, and Friends.
Jim has a varied musical background playing in many bands in the Western New York area since the 70's. He has focused on Celtic music for many years, inspired by such wordsmith's as Tommy Makem and Archie Fisher and instrumental influences such as The Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers.
Sue and Jim have played music together for many years bringing a love of Celtic music and exciting instrumentation to their audiences. You will hear Sue on fiddle, whistle, and vocals and Jim on guitar, bouzouki, cittern, Celtic harp and vocals.
Penny Whiskeyis a group of fun loving folks who truly have a good time doing what they love most…entertaining. The brain child of Kirk McWhorter (from the critically acclaimed Celtic band 'Kilbrannan') 'Penny Whiskey' promises to offer the best in music from both Ireland and Scotland along with home grown bluegrass and folk influences.
The foundation of 'Penny Whiskey' is the melodic vocals of Kirk, who also plays guitar, banjo, bodhran and whistles, backed up by the solid playing of Jon Carlson on acoustic guitar and mandolin. The quintet is rounded out by Dan Lelito on bass with Paul Kneis supplying his talents on mandolin, guitar and flute,and newest member Paul Runfola (who took 2nd place in the North American Rock Guitar Competition) on electric guitar - and of course, everybody sings... including the audience!
With audience participation songs, rousing pub sings, comedy tunes and tearful ballads, 'Penny Whiskey' offers something for everyone!
Returning Irish Band this Year!!
"Emerald Isle "
From: Buffalo, NY
The Emerald Isle Band from Buffalo, NY play a mix of traditional Irish, Scottish and sea chanties on fiddle, accordion, bass, penny whistle, bodhran, harmonicas and banjo.
The Audrey Watkins Highland Dance
Audrey Watkins Highland Dance Academy
From: NiagaraFalls, Ontario, Canada
The staff have over 30 years experience total in the field and have produced Highland Dancing Champions, as well as dancers who have performed all over the world. Some of the Dancers have been selected to dance at The Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland, Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, Military Tattoo’s in Belgium, France, Holland, and Various Tattoo’s throughout North America. The studio has funded dancers to dance at the World Championship at Cowal, Scotland and will once again travel to Scotland with a group of 15 dancers in 2015 They have a performance team, Celtic Odyssey, who have members here today, who will proudly perform for the audience at the Jamestown Celtic Festival.
Olean Area Irish Dancers
Olean Area Irish Dancers have been a favorite at our festival for the past 8 years.
Katie M. Duggan is the instructor for the Dance School in Olean, New York. Katie has produced some very high quality dancers who have danced their way into the hearts of our spectators. The school has performed at Irish Festivals throughout the Southern Tier from Belmont, NY to Mayville, NY entertaining audiences with their spectacular dancing skills.
We are very happy to have them returning again this year!
This Year 2015 We have 25 Clans and Societys Registered to Attend
Clan Barclay - Clan Blair - Clan Campbell - Clan Claus - Clan Donnachaidh Society of N. E.
Clan Douglas - Clan Graham - Clan House of Gordon - Clan Grant - Clan Gunn
Clan Hall Society - Clan Hamilton - Clan Hunter - Clan Kerr
Clan Kennedy Society of North America - Clan Mac Alister
Clan Maclean - Clan MacFarlane - Clan MacKenzie - Clan Macleod Society USA
Clan MacNachtan - Clan Mac Neil - Clan Mac Pherson - Clan Menzies Society - Clan Moffat
Clan Montgomery -
Clan Sinclair - Clan Stewart Society in America
Clan Turnbull - Scottish Heritage U.S.A.
- Scottish American Society of the Finger Lakes
Most of the Clans will be here Friday evening enjoying the atmosphere
around the campfire by the lake shore.
Great group of people to have at our festival.
New Clans are sending in there registration forms every day. Don't miss out send yours in today!
If your Clan has not registered yet please do we welcome any Clan who wishes to attend.
2010 Clan Row along Chautauqua Lake
Clans & Athletes at Opening Ceremonies 2010
Opening Ceremonies 2010
2010 We had Seven Pipe Bands - 13 Clans - Heavy Athletes
Clans Marching off Opening Ceremonies
Be sure to stop in and talk with the Clans,
who knows maybe you will find out how you could be a part of one of these great Clans.
Open Stone Throw – According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the modern sport of shot put
"derives from the ancient sport of putting the stone." The smooth river stones used weigh 16 pounds.
Weight Throw for distance –Weights, attached to a ring and chain, are thrown three times-the longest counts.
56 pound weight throws for distance
28 pound weight throws for distance
Scottish Hammer Throw – The Scottish hammer derives from the village blacksmith's hammer.
The metal ball (16-22 pounds) is attached to a wooden handle. The competitor is not allowed to move his feet while throwing
Caber Toss (the log) –This signature Highland event may have begun as a military exercise.
There is no standard size for these tapered pine trunks, but they are generally 16-20 feet long and weigh up to 120 pounds.
The object is to lift then toss the caber end-over-end so that it lands in the 12 o'clock position.
Sheaf Toss (pitchfork event) –A pitchfork is used to toss the16 pound bag of hay over a cross bar, which is raised 6 inches at a time.
The winning toss is the highest one over the bar without knocking it
Weight Toss (for height)- The 56-pound weight is swung between the knees and tossed over the bar using only one hand.
Each competitor has three attempts to achieve his personal best. There will be a winner of each event and an overall winner.
As for athlete line up: we will have a field of 10-15 athletes (that’s a full line up) 2 of which are females.
A combination of amateurs and masters will be competing. As for the lineup, 2 of the athletes are highly ranked,
We also picked up local athletes from Jamestown who will be throwing in this year's competition.
List of Competing Athletes for the:
2013 Highland Games
Take I-90 East to Exit 60 Westfield Exit. Turn left onto Route 394 into Mayville, New York. Continue to follow Route 394 for 7 miles through Mayville towards Chautauqua Lake. Once you get to the bottom of the hill you will see the lake, follow the curve and the park will be on the left side of the road. Parking will be on the right side of the road.
Alternate Route from Erie and points east of Erie. Take I-90 East to I-86 East towards Jamestown. Get off at the Sherman Exit. Turn left and follow into Sherman to Stop sign. Turn right onto Route 430 and follow into Mayville. Where you will come to the traffic light in Mayville, turn right onto Route 394 and follow Route 394 till you see the lake, continue around bend and the festival will be on the left. Festival Parking will be on the right.
Take I-90 to Exit 60 Westfield Exit. Follow Route 394 as directed in the directions above.
Follow I-86 West to the Sherman Exit. Turn right and go to stop sign. Turn right onto Rt-430 and follow this into Mayville. In Mayville you will come to a traffic light at the fire hall. Turn right onto Rt-394 and follow it through Mayville down the hill towards the lake. The park will be on the right side of the lake.
FROM WARREN PA
Take Rt-62 to Jamestown to I-86 West. Follow it to the Mayville/Lakewood exit. turn right onto Route 394 and follow Route 394 to Mayville. The festival will be on the right just before the bend leading to Mayville. Festival parking will be on the left side of the road.