Entertainment

We would like to thank the entertainers below for their attendance and performances at the 23rd Annual Sarasota Highland Games.

Tarbolton

  Tarbolton takes the ancient Celtic genre to brand new places, mixing heart thumping jigs and reels from flute and whistle with the rich baritone voice of native Scot, James Smith. The backbone of the band is the high energy performances of Catherine Doersch on a versatile array of drums and percussion. The gutsy bass sound of the group is thanks to the incredible talent of Tom Kersey on cello.
  
  From tear jerking ballads to high energy dance tunes, Tarbolton is always rooted in the rich history of the Celts, with their own unique and distinctly modern twist on the genre. Don’t miss their unforgettable live show.

Brendan Nolan

 

Brendan Nolan was born and reared just to the north of the city of
Dublin. When he was growing up in Ireland in the sixties and seventies
there was a resurgence of interest in Irish music.
Spearheading this musical rebirth were groups like The Dubliners, Planxty,
The Bothy Band, and others.

He has been based in St. Pete Beach, Florida since 1993.
He has been featured several times on WMNF "Live" in Tampa.

He has played at many festivals in the state including the
Sertoma Ranch Celtic Festival, Florida Folk Festival, Gamble Rogers Fest,
and Wings and Strings.

He has been a headliner on three occasions at the North Texas Irish
Festival in Dallas.

Brendan has six solo albums to his credit. The latest recording "Live at
the Side Door" was recorded at the Side Door Club of the Palladium
in St. Petersburg, Florida in April 2013.

"Nolan has used his broad knowledge of traditional Irish songs,
as well as other kinds of music, to develop into a very fine
songwriter whose work is steeped in the traditions that he’s
mastered.
" ­ Mike Regenstreif, Sing Out! Magazine

Bobby Vesey and Mike Hickmont with Ballads and Bodhrans

Bobby began his music career at age 12, singing and playing guitar at St. Brendan's Church in the Bronx. 

He co-founded the New England based Tipperary Knights band in1986 and performed with them for 25 years. 

He relocated to Sarasota in early 2005 and opened The Irish Rover Pub, where he performed until 2010.  

Since then he and Michial Hickmott (Ballads & Bodhrans)  have played gigs at many Irish pubs and functions around
Florida.

Celtic Conumdrum

 

Celtic Conundrum was formed on the idea of playing music as culturally diverse as the crew you would find on a pirate ship. Songs and instruments that came with them from the pubs and taverns of their home countries. Music to dance, sea shanties to work by, songs to sing and share. Songs from Ireland, Scotland, and England, and the great colonies of America and Australia. Sea Shanties and original music that blends influences from Spain, the Middle East, with our Celtic heritage; thus the conundrum! The band has played at Celtic events & Pirate Festivals across the west coast and central Florida.

Craigmalloch Border Collies

JLucy and Stuart bring their love of the Border Collie and traditional sheep herding to audiences all over Florida and beyond. Their herding demonstrations educate and entertain promoting the working Border Collie and other working dogs, showcasing sheep breeds rarely seen in Florida and presenting an activity that the average person would probably never see.

These dynamic presentations elicit delight in the faces of children and fascination in adults. Craigmalloch Border Collies encourage audience participation and help spectators understand the uses of Border Collies in the care and maintenance of the herd. These energetic and intelligent animals have been the right hand of the sheep farmer for centuries and have been dominant as the world’s most intelligent dog.

The Ettrick Shepherd, (James Hogg 1772-1835) immortalized the Shepherd’s Dog by saying, “..without the sheepdog, the mountainous lands of England and Scotland would not be worth a sixpence. It would require more hands to manage a flock of sheep and drive them to market than the profits of the whole were capable of maintaining.” Lucy and Stuart, along with their Border Collies, have a small flock of Scottish Blackface sheep and horned Dorsets in Grant-Valkaria, Florida.

British Car Show

Our Winners from the 2017 Sarasota Highland Games British Car Show are:

  1. Jim & Debbie Wilson and their 1973 TRG Triumph
  2. Gene & Sharon Cohan and their1960 Jaguar Mark 0
  3. Fred Cook and his 1957 Triumph

Entertainment Director

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