From dance to music, from local favourites to those who perform across North America and beyond, the Glengarry Highland Games will host a weekend of great Celtic entertainment in the Metcalfe Centre and Tent.
See our Entertainment Schedule for times and locations.
Next Generation Leahy
As with all forces of nature, the music and energy created by The Next Generation Leahy simply cannot be contained. The drive to create music is powerful within each of the Leahy children. It has given rise to multi-instrumental talents, whose dynamic live performances have been described as “astounding” and “breath-taking.”
For the last several years, Next Generation Leahy has performed across North America, and shared the stage with the likes of The Chieftains, We Banjo 3, The Tenors, and Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy.
All 16 years and younger, the siblings are accomplished multi-instrumentalists whose live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music associated with their Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello,French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage.
The music that lives in each of these young people - which is so joyful, so positive, and so rare – overflows from them and affects audiences who have witnessed something truly unique and remarkable.
Ashley MacLeod with Paddy Kelly
Ashley, a mother of four young children, originally from Dalkeith Ontario, she began playing fiddle and piano at the age of 10 and won many awards throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
As an individual artist and performer, she is often requested to play with several groups and has toured throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. Notably with such groups as the Simon Fraser University and Ottawa Police pipe bands, The Paperboys, Seven Nations, Hadrians Wall, The Brigadoons, Paddy Kelly and The 2 Paddy's, to mention just a few. During this time she also had the honour of playing at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York.
Paddy Kelly is a man of many talents. Not only does he have a wonderful voice, but he plays a number of instruments. Paddy was born and raised in Ottawa and began playing traditional music at an early age. His father introduced Pat to traditional music and song. Paddy’s first professional group was The Descendants (not related to the current Irish Descendants) and was introduced to Glengarry through their working engagements at The Grand Hotel in Martintown and the Atlantic Hotel in Alexandria. Not long after his introduction to Glengarry did Paddy feel that this was the place to be.
Bang On The Ear
Bang On The Ear have entertained audiences all over North America since the band's formation in 2007. Fronted by husband and wife, Bradley & Michelle McMillan, they have built a strong following placing emphasis on combining the sounds of traditional Irish music and fusing it with Folk, Rock, and that Glengarry County sound that has made the area's music so popular over the past 50 years. They have had their music featured on Radio, Internet radio & podcasts all over the world, as well as being featured in popular Folk, Irish, & Scottish magazines. They have played for Canadian & world dignitaries, Top Chefs, T.V celebrities and more from around the world.
To date, they have released 1 E.P, 4 full-length albums and 1 compilation album.
Bob & Ducky
The duo of Bob Burnie and Gary (Ducky) MacDonald have been entertaining the people of Glengarry and the surrounding area for over three decades. Their renditions of the old and the new Celtic music have contributed to their popularity which has passed the test of time. Both Bob and Ducky had been performing in other groups for years, but came to the conclusion that together, they could best entertain their many friends in this strong Celtic area.
The Glengarry Highland Games has always been the highlight of the summer for these boys and they are thrilled to be invited back each year by the organizers. It is obvious that their popularity brings them back year after year. It truly is a testament to their dedication to Celtic music and their ability to entertain the many people who attend their performances. Their goal is the please their loyal fans and to have fun. It is a goal that is easily met with success.
Brandy ‘N Port
Brandy 'N' Port has been a main stay in the Eastern Ontario Celtic music scene for several years now. Their longevity & success, with many performances at pubs, festivals and private events in both Canada and the USA, can be attributed to consistently providing energetic and quality performances year after year. While always sticking to their Celtic roots, Brandy 'N' Port can always provide versatile & original arrangements to many different music styles. Their latest CD "Kiss Me I'm Irish", is the bands' most successful CD to date and by no coincidence, is very much what you would hear in an onstage performance. Brandy 'N' Port is made up of, Alec Long from Derry, Ireland on Drums & Vocals. Richard Linke from Vankleek Hill, Ontario on Lead Guitar, Flute, Whistle & Vocals. Grant Tomkinson from Westmeath, Ontario on Bass Guitar & Vocals and Danny Byrne from Ottawa, Ontario on Guitar, Banjo & Vocals.
Brandy 'N' Port is extremely proud of their affiliation with The Glengarry Highland Games and feel grateful to be invited to play "the Games" year after year.
The Brigadoons have been entertaining across Canada, the United States and on cruises in the Caribbean for over 45 years! People in the area have grown up with their music and their children are now doing the same. Denis Carr leads the group and is the longest serving member; Reg Portieous and Dan Leroux keep the sound going with Heather Flipsen and Paddy Kelly added to the mix.
The Brigadoons are still performing that traditional sound and while new songs are being added to their repertoire , they still perform all of the old favourites: Glengarry My Home, The Martintown song, Pipers of Glengarry at the request of their loyal fans.
Fridge Full of Empties
The ‘Empties’ were formed one late night at the Alexandria Curling Club back in the winter of 2004. Mark Hall pulled out his guitar, started playing and Paul Villeneuve began singing… and that was the beginning of a friendship that soon developed into Glengarry’s very own Fridge Full of Empties. Of course accordion virtuoso Nelson MacPherson was there from the very beginning.
With his incredible talent and calm demeanor, Nelson’s wealth of experience on stage was a perfect fit for this trio. Over the years many talented musicians have shared the stage with ‘The Fridge’; today Andrew Munro and fiddle player extraordinaire Kelsey Duval round out the band.
Although they have played countless venues all over this great country, nothing pleases them more to entertain in ‘Glengarry Our Home’!!
From Away is a Trad/folk duo with captivating original sounds and its roots in tradition. Graham Lindsey is a tune-writer, performing and session musician and Trad session host. Four of his tunes have been performed on the Carillon (the 53 bells) in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill where he was welcomed as guest composer in 2019. Kristan Couture is originally a Saskatchewan girl where she won the 2018 Saskatchewan Country Music Award for Fiddler of the Year, and received final ballot nominations for her roots album “You Just Fooled Me”. She performed as a classical violinist with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra for four years, as well as toured and performed with local country bands and folk artists across Canada.
In From Away, a new blend of voice, fiddle, guitar and gorgeous Canadian hand-crafted mandolins will take you back and forth between the timelessness of the prairie folk singer and upbeat jigs and driving reels.
Anyone lucky enough to visit the historic Hadrian’s Wall bordering Scotland and England is at once filled with awe and excitement by its striking strength and breadth. Those lucky enough to see the Canadian Celtic-rock band of the same namesake enjoy a similar sensory experience.
Hailing from Glengarry County in Ontario, Canada, the seasoned members that make Hadrian’s Wall deliver an impressive blend of Irish, Scottish and Canadiana music fused with elements of Jazz and Rock. Hadrian’s Wall has recorded and toured eight albums since 1995 as well performed at some of the biggest Celtic and World Festivals in North America, The Caribbean, and Europe. All of the band’s members enjoy a variety professional music pedigree that together makes Hadrian’s Wall a formidable, professional and entertaining ensemble for all music audiences. Come see why Hadrian’s Wall is a must see at the Glengarry Highland Games!
You won't want to miss their Glengarry Highland Games debut! The Hallions are a high energy Celtic-rock band with strong Glengarry roots. Influenced by bands like The Mahones, Dropkick Murphy's, and Great Big Sea, members Patrick Miller (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Pamela Cumming (fiddle, vocals), Alexander MacMillan (electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Noel Campbell (bass guitar, vocals), and Stephen Blondin (drums) combine their talents to achieve a terrific sound. With the driving force of the fiddle, passionate rugged vocals, and full suite of instruments, including banjo, mandolin, drums, bass and electric guitars, this band is sure to get you on your feet!
Stewarts Glen is the make up of 4 local musicians. Although they have played together many times, each in their own right works individually and with other groups. But when the occasion arises, these four take pleasure in the opportunity to make music together.
Paddy Kelly plays fiddle and guitar, along with bodhran and penny whistle on occasion.
Paddy Maher plays several instruments, which include guitar, bass and Irish bouzouki.
Ashley MacLeod. Originally from Dalkeith Ontario, she began playing fiddle and piano at the age of 10 and won many awards throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
Chris Honegger rounds out the group on drums. Chris played with The Rockwells for 20 years, along with Tangled Up In Bob (a Bob Dylan Tribute Band), The Synics and Junction 105.
Each member brings their dynamic and heartfelt talents to the stage that presents a great combination of Scottish, Irish and Canadian folk music that everyone can enjoy. Together they become Stewarts Glen!
The Caddells & Friends
Brian and Elizabeth Caddell have been performing Celtic music together for many years. With daughter Sarah on vocals, they have become regulars on the Glengarry Celtic music scene. This year at The Games, Paolo Stante will join in on lead guitar, along with Ashley MacDougal and Andrea DeCoeur. Always upbeat, The Caddells will be sure to please.
Trillium Academy of Irish Dance
Trillium Academy of Irish Dance offers competitive and recreational classes for dancers at all levels and all ages, children to adults. Our studio is located at 1550 Chatelain, 2nd floor, in Ottawa. Trillium was founded in the year 2000 by Kathleen Maher, TCRG and Patty Scanlon Fleury, TCRG, accredited Irish Dance Teachers registered with the Irish Dancing Commission, An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland. In the year 2014, Trillium merged with the local Taylor School of Dance, adding TCRG certified studio owner Suzanne Taylor to our staff.
Irish dance is not only a beautiful art form, but it is a fun way to exercise and get in shape. For more information or enquiries regarding registration, e-mail email@example.com