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Red McWilliams and Kelly Kingston
Moving from the Puget Sound area wasn’t all bad for Celtic musician Red McWilliams. Relocating to Ft. Worth, Texas, he has teamed up with one of the most noted bassists in Texas. With Celtic music as their mainstay, Red and Kelly move through musical stylings from American/Canadian folk, rock and roll, country western and beyond, combining their instruments and blending their voices into a unique musical feast.
Red McWilliams has been a seated board member, entertainment/ceilidh director and sound technician of the Tacoma Highland Games for the past 11 years while traveling the country as a professional Celtic musician, songwriter and entertainer with 5 CD’s to his credit. Red, along with Kelly, are now in the planning stages of a Scotland tour in September, 2014, to culminate with the Inverness Highland Games, where Red is the only person to have performed there from outside of Scotland. (Check with Red as tour packages will be available in 2014.)
Kelly Kingston, commonly referred to as “Texas Music’s Bottom Line,’ is a remarkable musician and bassist, performing on a custom 5 string upright bass. Being from Sonora and San Angelo, Texas, she was trained on and competed in fiddle contests when young and then the bass bug bit her. There was no one to teach her bass, so she taught herself from the bassist’s bible by Franz Simandl. At the age of 14 (and ever since) she has been playing first chair bass with the San Angelo Symphony. Kelly has performed with Michael Martin Murphy, Vince Gill’s band the “Time Jumpers” and has received standing ovations at the Cowboy Church of Nashville. She is also the vice president of the San Angelo Blues Society since 2007. When not playing music (yes, it DOES happen, but not often) she spends her time studying quail populations in west Texas. Kelly has a master’s degree
in Animal Science and a degree in psychology from Texas A&M University.
Although from uncommon backgrounds and varying musical styles, Red and Kelly have been working together as a duo since late 2012. Their latest tour took them through east Texas, Nashville, TN, Pensacola, FL, Mobile, AL, Gulfport, MS, Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Louis, MO.
Please welcome Red back and make Kelly feel welcome on her very first visit to our Evergreen State.
British Isles’ Car Show New This Year
Be sure to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” as you enjoy the craftsmanship, history and beauty of the British Isles’ cars on display in the paved parking lot near the dance stage and Frontier Lodge. Organized by Key Volunteer Dave Cornwall, this educational event will allow you to learn more about each car including manufacturer, model and year. This is an exciting and wonderful addition to our Highland Games this year!
Hole Sponsored at Golf Tourney
Thanks to Cyndie and Bill Carr, Tacoma Highland Games will sponsor one hole at the 22nd annual Graham Business Association’s (GBA) Golf Tournament to be held on Thursday, June 20th at Lipoma Firs Golf Course near Frontier Park. Golf check-in begins at 9 AM with tee-off times beginning at 10 AM. Please check www.tacomagames.org for further information. Don your kilt, round up your clubs and enjoy a day of fun. As members of the GBA, we have developed a close working relationship with local businesses.