Great Scot! Parade
The Bagpipe Challenge!
The Greenville Scottish Games
The British Car Show
Miss Greenville Scottish Games
by Kay Reid
I can feel the excitement building for the games, as I start working on the entertainment schedules. You learn a lot through the years with the planning and knowing what bands to start early in the morning and those better left to lunchtime and a cold beer. Scottish folk music is better received by those wanting a gentle, easy listening sound and grandparents accompanying their grandchildren to the games, while the parents are in Wee Scotland with the kiddles. The grands can sit back in the music tent and enjoy some soothing folk music. By lunchtime, the younger crowd and those diehards like me, are ready for the really loud, really rocking Scottish Celtic Rock. We have a great line-up this year. A favourite, Cleghorn returns to thrill us with their Scottish fiddle and sweet guitars keeping a rhythm with the fantastic drummer. I don't know how Dylan Cleghorn dances all over the stage (and off) and still manages to keep right in step with the rest of the band.
Cu Dubh will be with us for the first time this year. Their music will take us back to Viking days and a real tribal sound of the ancient celts. An addition to the band this year is Petite Jamila. She plays the pipes and is a world class champion belly dancer. I can't wait for everyone to see her performance with Cu Dubh.
Seven Nations will also be joining the Greenville Games for the first time. Many think of them as the first Celtic Rock Band and indeed they are seasoned with exceptional talent. If you don't get up and dance while they are on stage, there is something wrong with your feet. I saw them at the Scotfest in Tulsa, Oklahoma and they rocked that stage. I have no doubt that they will rock the "Celtic Jam" on Saturday night after the games.
If you haven't been to the "Jam" you are really missing a treat and I might add the BEER. Did I mention the BEER! Of course there is BEER. Moonshine tasting too!
Come on out to the games and experience something new and different for adults and kids alike. Make it a yearly tradition. You might even see Braveheart in the crowd of kilted men. Don't do the same old thing. Go to the Scottish Games, hear amazing grace played by hundreds of pipers, listen to the celtic bands, watch a man (in a skirt) throw a telephone pole, visit a Clan tent, buy some Scottish jewelry, eat some haggis, have your face painted, see sheep herding and have a wonderful family day.
Féach tú ag na cluichí
(See you at the games)
Kay Reid - Board Member
The scottish invasion is coming!
The Great Scot! Parade - May 23rd
The Great Scot! Ceilidh - May 23rd
The Greenville Scottish Games - May 24th
The Celtic Jam - May 24th
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