PRLog - Feb. 16, 2014 - MONTEREY, Calif. -- By popular demand, the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival is returning to its traditional first weekend in August dates for 2014. Kilts and bagpipes will return to Monterey County this summer! The award-winning Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula will hold the 47th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival (www.montereyscotgames.com (http://www.montereyscotgames.com)
Seamus Kennedy - photo by Richard Dorbin (3) - Sco
This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the 47th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling massed pipe bands on parade, including California pipe bands and Highland and Irish dancers. The outstanding array of special entertainment this year will include many crowd-pleasing favorites including Irish singer/songwriter/
The Monterey Scottish Games & Festival features exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events, including the famous Caber Toss. Great entertainment will be provided by professional Celtic Pipe Bands. Exciting colorful activities include the powerful massed pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding, Historical Re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland, Sheep on Stilts, and Clan and Celtic Association Tents. Watch the highly trained sheepdogs gently guide sheep and ducks under the command of their handlers. Attendees can stroll through the Avenue of Clans, visit one of the Clan tents and trace their ancestry. Over 50 vendors offering tasty British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music will be enjoyed by all. This year, on Sunday, the Festival will again feature a very special “Salute to the Irish” that will include Irish entertainment and Irish Dancing.
There will be lots of fun special Children’s Games activities planned for the wee ones at the Children's Glen, too. Little ones will participate in scaled down athletic events (mini-Caber toss, pillow over the bar, mini braemar stone putt) plus fun Celtic craft projects and the popular Celtic Quest).
The proceeds from the 47th Annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival benefit several local non-profit organizations.
For more details, call (831) 682-2022 (tel:%28831%29%
About Seamus Kennedy
With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, Seamus Kennedy is equally proficient with American music, whether it be folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing. A 37-year veteran of the Irish/Celtic festival circuit, he was first influenced by the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and from them he learned the importance of not only being a solid musician and singer, but also of being an all-round entertainer. Seamus is at home in venues ranging from intimate house-concerts and folk-clubs to concert halls and festivals; from Alaska to Florida, from Maryland to California, he makes folks laugh, sing and forget their cares for a while. This diversity is also reflected in over a dozen recordings, many of which were taped before live audiences, and which feature something for everyone, from the silly to the serious, from instrumentals to a capella vocals, with a healthy dose of humor thrown in.
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Seamus been entertaining audiences all over the United States for the past 32 years. With a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels from Alaska to Florida, Maryland to California, performing for audiences which range from Popes and presidents to bartenders and bricklayers, from college students to kindergartners. He encourages the crowd to sing along to silly lyrics and daft ditties or act out the choruses of children's songs. When he plays a lively Irish jig or a reel, Seamus will often coax someone to jump up and dance to the music of his guitar or bodhrán, to the delight -- and often amazement -- of their friends. His audience participation songs and tongue-twisters have amused the ablest of participants and the nimblest of tongues. Seamus has an endless supply of rib-tickling jokes, stories and one liners which can leave an audience breathless from laughing so hard. But the Irish have their serious side too, and when Seamus performs one of the more somber ballads such as Tommy Sands' "There Were Roses" or Pete St. John's "Dublin In The Rare Old Times" you can hear a pin drop as the words sink in. That moment of silence before the applause can raise goosebumps. Seamus' greatest influences have been the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, the Dubliners' Luke Kelly, and the Irish Rovers, so it is no surprise to find many songs that they made famous, such as "The Wild Colonial Boy," "The Wild Rover," or "The Black Velvet Band" in his performance. He is a multiple WAMMIE award-winner (the prestigious Washington Area Music Association Awards) for "Best Irish Male Vocalist.”
About Stand Easy
Stand Easy is a Celtic Rock band led by John McLean Allan, an award-winning bagpiper, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. John has appeared playing bagpipes in numerous feature films and television shows, including the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Million Dollar Baby, Austin Powers 2, West Wing, and Primary Colors, among many others. Stand Easy also features Jeff Cullen on Highland pipes, whistles and vocals, Ken Lasaine on guitar, Paul Trutner on bass, and Fabio Poian on drums. Stand Easy came together to share in John's vision of creating a landmark fusion of commercial songwriting, Celtic music, and rock & roll. A powerful crowd-pleasing band, Stand Easy performs original songs, traditional songs and bagpipe/rock instrumentals. They have performed at many prestigious festivals and innumerable nightclubs and pubs across the West Coast of the United States. John McLean Allan has performed with the Chieftains, Korn, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and The Tonight Show Band. Allan's original songs are in the modern rock style but incorporate bagpipe jigs and reels from the traditional Celtic style. If you're excited about what Celtic music and bagpipes sound like in the world of rock & roll, then prepare for a brand new listening experience...Stand Easy!