September 29, 2018 4 pm - 9 pm
Johnny McLaughlin - Our MC for the Night
Is a true Scotsman, we has born in Glasgow Scotland and first came to the States in 1989. He was MC at our first three Celtic Festivals. He has dedicated his entire career to ensuring youth from all walks of life have an opportunity to experience the great outdoors. He worked in Plumas County for just over 3 years as the Executive Director of Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus, just outside of Portola, before returning back down to Southern California with his wife Sandra and step son. He is the Founder & CEO of Outdoor Journeys, a non profit offering opportunities for individuals to reconnect with nature. He is a passionate outdoors man, he hikes, camps whenever he has an opportunity. He describes his time living in Plumas County, as just a "breath of fresh air, the environment is beautiful as is the welcome provided by everyone in the area”.
Sean Cummings - Bag Pipes
In the 17th century the Cummings were hereditary pipers to the Grant clan chieftains in Strathspey, Scotland. Twenty five years after picking up the bagpipes, Seán Cummings learned he'd unwittingly followed Clan tradition. He is now engaged full time performing and promoting piping and can be found playing weddings, memorial services, sporting events, busking on street corners and giving educational presentations in schools. Seán is an award winning solo competitor, a Sergeant Piper with the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band, the first band from Nevada to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and is a member of "ShinKickersUSA", a San Francisco based 'Celtic-Punk' band including editor in chief of "Guitar Player" magazine, Michael Molenda, on lead guitar.
The darlings of Disneyland’s “Paradise Garden Bandstand,” this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk (and so much more) with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not- so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says, “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while
their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish- American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-
renowned bassist Olivier Prud‟homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."
"…A „money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled‟ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
--Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage
The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band
The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band, Nevada's oldest band has served Nevada, northern California and the surrounding areas for over 50 years.
They are the first to represent Nevada in Scotland at the world pipe band championships in 2005, 2008, and 2011.
The band is dedicated to serving the local communities, teaching highland bagpipes and drums and keeping the cultural richness of our Scottish heritage alive. band membership is open to all.
The sierra highlanders are available for performances, parades, concerts and private parties.