While doing close to 275 performances in 1997 and more in successive years, Red Mc
Williams has become one of the most recognized names in Celtic music in the South and southwest USA. With places like Inverness, Scotland, Tokyo, Japan, Vancouver, BC, Canada, and about 100 other different cities, twenty-eight states, five countries on three continents requesting performances, Red keeps a full schedule. We are pleased Red is able to perform close to his present “home” in Puyallup, WA. www.redmcwilliams.com
A lively fun loving group, who do not take themselves too seriously, playing traditional and contemporary Irish music in the auld tradition. Folk ballads, drinking songs, Irish rebellion and fighting music, sea faring ditties and the occasional love songs are their fare. Having first gotten together in the year 2000, they have changed and morphed into what they are today, while maintaining the same rollicking salty flavor with which they started. Comprised of Al the mandolin/guitar player, Gary the guitar/mandolin player, lovely Paula the percussionist from Donegal town, County Donegal, Ireland and Leroy on guitar, penny whistle, recorder and percussion, as the need arises. All are singers and music makers, for the pure joy of it, and hope to pass some of that joy on to their audiences.
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Attending the Tacoma Highland Games for the first time, Program Director Ryan Kallenberger of First Tee of South Puget Sound will present the outreach program SNAG (Starting New at Golf) for attendees. SNAG’s mission is to impact the lives of young people in the South Puget Sound area by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote health choices through the game of golf. Currently in fourteen schools in Tacoma, this national program reaches over 6,000 children in our area. As a 501(c)(3) organization, First Tee depends upon a large volunteer pool. Volunteer opportunities are endless and time commitments are flexible. First Tee will be located near the Children’s Corral. Visit their website www.thefirstteesouthpugetsound.org
Veritas Swordplay Academy director Eric Slyter will present an Armoured Dueling class from 10:30 AM – Noon in the Main Stage area near the Food Court. The class is intended for participants ages 12-20. All fencing masks and weapon simulators necessary for participating in this hands-on workshop will be free to use. This presentation will be tailored to Scottish medieval history and exposure to the combat arts and travels of Scottish knights and soldiers during the wars of the late middle ages. For the past three years, Veritas Swordplay Academy has participated in a very popular demonstration of the Scottish broadsword (from the 1700s) for the Spokane Highland Games. Veritas Swordplay Academy and its sister program Knights of Veritas offer a variety of educational programs through the year for schools, libraries, museums and cultural events such as ours. Find them on the web at www.germanlongsword.com