Featured Entertainers

Red McWilliams  (Website / Facebook)
With close to 275 performances to his credit in 1997, Red McWilliams has taken the right steps to become one of the most recognized names in Celtic music in the south and southwest. Combining a percussive guitar with a rich baritone voice and a positive attitude has created the perfect blend of “entertainer”, the fact of which has been proven by being awarded “Celtic Entertainer of the Year, ’97” by the Celtic Heritage Society of East Texas and the “Johnny Hailstones Entertainer of the Year, ’97” from the Scottish Clans of North Texas, Ft. Worth.

Rickey E. Pittman  (Website / Facebook)
Storyteller, author, songwriter, and folksinger was the Grand Prize  Winner of the 1998 Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition, and  is originally from Dallas, Texas. Pittman presents his stories, music  and programs at schools, libraries, organizations, museums, historic reenactments, and Celtic festivals throughout the South. Pittman has  fifteen published books and five music CD’s to his. Credit. Pittman  currently teaches online freshman composition and literature for three  colleges.

Thorn and Thistle Pipes and Drums (Facebook)
Thorn and Thistle Pipes and Drums Band was formed in 2004 in order to promote and nurture piping and drumming in West Texas. The band was formed from students of Thomas Campbell. We welcome anyone interested in piping and drumming and we are willing to study this challenge, yet rewarding form of musical performance.

Blaggards (Website / Facebook)
Blaggards (no “the”, pronounced BLA’ GUARDS or BLA’ GHERDS, depending on where you’re from) formed July 2004 in Houston, Texas. We play what we call Stout Irish Rock, traditional Irish music mixed with rock n’ roll, informed by everything from Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath. We are most frequently compared to bands like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and the Pogues. Blaggards are guitarist/vocalist Patrick Devlin, bassist/vocalist Chad Smalley, and drummer Eric C. Hughes.

Highland Reign (Website / Facebook)

Highland Reign, a scots american folk rock band from indianapolis, takes the tunes of the old country and breathes a rocking new life into them! With traditionals such as “My heart’s in the highlands”, originals like “Bonnie eilidh”, celtic classics songs “Twa recruiting sergeants” and “Loch lomond”, highland reign has become one of america’s favorite scottish folk rock bands! With over 20,000 cds sold, “Bring forrit the tartan” is the most recent releases by highland reign honoring our 20th year as a band! These cds have the trademark upbeat vocals, catchy lyrics, and bagpipes/guitars!! Highland reign appears at venues and festivals all across america , scotland and ireland!