This year’s Scottish Fiddling will feature and celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers. They have been the nucleus and highlight of Scottish Fiddling at the Games for decades and we are honoured to celebrate this special occasion with all its dedicated members over the years. The weekend starts with the “Scottish Youth Fiddlers Showcase” on Friday afternoon in the air-conditioned Arena Hall. The program starts at 2:00 pm and will feature youth fiddlers from Glengarry and beyond including the Students of David MacPhee and The MacLeod School Of Fiddling. The afternoon will conclude with a performance by the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers at 5:30 pm as they warm-up before taking to the main stage where they will perform at 6:30 pm as part of the Friday night Tattoo.
Scottish fiddling will continue on Saturday morning in the Arena Hall 9:30am – 11:30am with workshops conducted by two renowned Glengarry fiddlers. Donaldson MacLeod will talk on the history of fiddling in Glengarry and The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers. David MacPhee will discuss and teach some off the traditional fiddle tunes that have been played by Glengarry fiddlers throughout many generations. The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers will be featured three times throughout the Saturday afternoon Scottish Fiddle concert 1:30pm – 5:00pm where they will perform the tunes they first played at a Glengarry concert at the National Arts Centre in 1979. Also performing in the Saturday afternoon concert will be; Torridon Scottish Country Dance Band, Bernard McDonell, Kelsey & Cassie McDonell, Ashley MacLeod, The Students Of David MacPhee, Charlotte Reed, Evelyn Cumming, The MacLeod Fiddlers, Heather Flipsen, Rachel Campbell, Connor MacLeod, Olivia Barton and more. Come and enjoy the traditional music of Glengarry and beyond with our very talented local individual and group fiddlers, but get there early as it is a full house all afternoon.
Fiddle Events You Won’t Want to Miss
|Friday 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Scottish Youth Fiddlers Showcase featuring The MacLeod School Fiddling & The Students Of David MacPhee||Arena Hall|
|Friday 5:30pm - 6:00pm||Glengarry Massed Fiddlers||Arena Hall|
|Friday 6:30pm||Glengarry Massed Fiddlers||Infield Stage Tattoo|
|Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am||Fiddle Workshops with renowned Glengarry fiddlers Donaldson MacLeod & David MacPhee||Arena Hall|
|Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm||Scottish Fiddle Concert featuring The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers, Torridon Scottish Country Dance Band, Bernard McDonell, Kelsey & Cassie McDonell, Ashley MacLeod, The Students Of David MacPhee, Charlotte Reed, Evelyn Cumming, The MacLeod Fiddlers, Heather Flipsen, Rachel Campbell, Connor MacLeod, Olivia Barton and more.||Arena Hall|
The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers
For many years, one of the popular features at the Glengarry Highland Games has been the music of the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers. This year The Glengarry Highland Games Scottish Fiddle Committee proudly features The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. The group varies from about 50 to as many as 80 plus musicians of all ages who gladly volunteer their time to play each year at the Games and other events. Their appearances on the main stage in the Friday night Tattoo and the Saturday afternoon Scottish Fiddle Concert in the Arena Hall are definitely the weekend highlight of all things fiddle. Sponsored by The Glengarry Celtic Music Hall OF Fame in the spring of 2015 they recorded a CD simply entitled ‘The Glengarry Fiddlers’. Seventy-four musicians showed up to participate and the CD was released later that summer. Most of the musicians are from the greater Glengarry area and throughout Eastern Ontario. The new CD is available at all the fiddle events in the Arena Hall Games weekend.
The MacLeod Fiddlers
The MacLeod Fiddlers are a Scottish youth group from the county of Glengarry. They are the performance group for “The MacLeod School of Fiddling” which focuses on the teaching, promotion and preservation of the Glengarry Scottish Fiddle.
As well as performing throughout Eastern Ontario, they have also toured Canada’s East Coast four times where they have performed in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia including the Festival Of Cape Breton Fiddling. In the USA they have performed at the New Hampshire Highland Games, the Scottish Festival in Dundee, New York. For thirteen years in a row they have performed at the Greater Philadelphia Mid-winter Scottish & Irish Festival. In July of 2012 they did a successful two week tour of Scotland. They have recorded three CD's which include “Ceilidh Time” in 2005 and Glengarry Roots” in 2010 and just newly released “Passion For Fiddling” 2018.
The group will be performing on Friday in the Youth Fiddlers Showcase and on Saturday at the afternoon Scottish Fiddle Concert in the arena hall. They are under the direction of teacher & instructor Ian R. MacLeod.
The Students Of David MacPhee
The students of David MacPhee come from many different backgrounds ranging from descendants of the first settlers here to recent arrivals, all bound by a common love of our local musical culture. They are generous with their time and talents, performing at many community functions throughout the year, either as soloists, a group or as part of a larger group. They recorded a CD in 2018 entitled “Tunes From Auld Glengarry”.
The group will be performing Friday during the Youth Fiddlers Showcase and on Saturday in the afternoon Scottish Fiddle Concert in the arena hall. They are under the direction of David MacPhee.
The Torridon Scottish Dance Band
The Torridon Scottish Dance Band was formed in 2012 and is in high demand for Scottish Country and Ceilidh dances and concerts. Leading the front line is Ashley MacLeod on fiddle joined by Rachel Campbell & Heather Flipsen. The rhythm section includes Noel Campbell on bass & cello, Fred Collins on drums and Kathleen Fraser-Collins ( director ) on piano. The band is dedicated to preserving traditional Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton music with rock solid tempos loved by Scottish Country Dancers and exciting toe-tapping rhythms for Ceilidh dancing or simple listening enjoyment. They are thrilled to be “home” at the Glengarry Highland Games this year as part of the fiddle hall entertainment.
Kelsey & Cassie McDonell
Kelsey and Cassie McDonell are a multi talented sister duo with deep musical roots in their native Glengarry. From majestic slow airs to marches, jigs and reels their music captivates their audiences wherever they play. They have also performed with The MacLeod Fiddlers, Scotch River Fiddles and Kelsey currently plays with the Celtic group Fridge Full Of Empties. These lassies, with their high energy performances are an integral part of the Saturday afternoon Scottish Fiddle Concert.
Contact Info: If you are interested in participating with The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers at The Glengarry Highland Games go to The Glengarry Celtic Music Hall Of Fame website for tune sets & practices. If you are interested in participating in The Scottish Youth Fiddlers Showcase or for more information on all Scottish Fiddle events, please contact Ian R. MacLeod at email@example.com or 613-525-4096.