Now that Canada is officially 150 and the July 1st festivities have kicked off a summer of activities, the next major celebration for many will be the Glengarry Highland Games as it unfolds its 70th edition.
Along with a host of special events highlighting the Games history and Scots Contributions to Canada, the Games has lined up an outstanding list of celtic entertainers for this year’s Friday Night Tattoo on August 4th in Maxville.
The Pre-Tattoo warm-up starts at 6:30 pm when close to 100 massed Glengarry Fiddlers will be joined by a group of thirty fiddlers from the Cape Breton Fiddling Association who have come to celebrate the Games 70th edition and Canada’s 150th Birthday. Of course, what would a Games Tattoo be without the MacCulloch dancers and the Brigadoons kicking the evening off with the massed highland fling.
Many Games fans will remember a few years back when Natalie McMaster, Donnell Leahy and their energetic young family rocked the main stage on Friday. This year, more of the Leahy family will light up the Tattoo Concert. The Next Generation Leahy led by Donnell’s brother, Doug, along with his six children will dance, fiddle and generally keep the audience tapping, clapping and cheering as the group performs. "What an absolute joy to see these young people from age 4 up to age 13 on stage performing so beautifully and playing so well together. I've never experienced anything like this before. When they played with us, The Next Generation Leahy simply brought the house down!" states Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains.
Also on the bill will be The Mudmen whose high energy and sense of fun inspires a party as soon as they hit the stage. From performing for Queen Elizabeth to hearing their music in TV shows and video games and on Hockey Night in Canada, The Mudmen have a legion of fans from young to old. The Mudmen were founded in 1998 by piper brothers Sandy and Robby Campbell. The band includes Sandy and Robby on bagpipes, Mike Meacher on lead vocals, mandolin and banjo, Dan Westenenk on bass and Jeremy Burton on drums. They promise a blast of Celtic energy that is always entertaining and definitely unique.
And the Tattoo isn’t over yet. The Brogue Dancers from Cape Breton will delight the audience with their traditional to modern repertoire of Highland and Step Dancing backed by talented musicians Troy McGillivray, Andrea Beaton and Adam Young.
After the headliners, a military tattoo and a special tribute to 70 years of the Games and its proud Scottish traditions round out the show. Spectacular fireworks will cap a magical evening for the thousands of people in the audience who make the Games an annual homecoming.
Full information can be found at glengarryhighlandgames.com.