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2018 Phoenix Scottish Games Entertainment
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Appearing on the Ghillie Dhu Stage

Wicked Tinkers

A Tribal, Celtic Sound Explosion
Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995.

Wicked Tinkers

With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.

Wicked Tinkers website


CLEGHORN is America's Celtic Rock Band!
The musical engine of CLEGHORN is renowned fiddler Dylan Cleghorn and his father, the legendary Texas guitarist John Cleghorn.


CLEGHORN’s unique brand of “Celtic rock” mixes their original songwriting with high energy fiddle and bagpipe tunes. The Celtic Music News review of CLEGHORN's album states: "The robust and pristine sound of Dylan Cleghorn's fiddle is wrapped in heavy pop rock rhythms that approach anthemic intensity. John Cleghorn, adding his original songwriting, screaming guitar riffs and golden vocal melodies, reveals himself as a man who truly knows rock."

Cleghorn website


StoneybankStoneybank are a Phoenix based group whose performances are focused on traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and America.

The band is lead by Iain Walinck.

Iain was born and raised in Musselburgh, Scotland, and has been resident in the Phoenix Valley since 1996.

He brings a mixture of both original and traditional Scottish songs and tunes, with instrumentation including vocals, guitar, bouzouki and harmonicas.

Scott Jeffers

Scott Jeffers

A Celtic Rock/World Fusion one Man Orchestra, performing on double octave violin while singing as well as playing a stomp box invention with his feet, Scott never ceases to amaze the audience with a complex yet beautiful wall of sound that you have to see and hear to believe.

He has headlined and performed in festivals around the world with his band and solo including the USA, Canada, Morocco, Turkey and the UK.

Appearing in the Kiltlifter Tap Room

Ar Turas

ar Turas

Ar Turas is comprised of Sarah Noble on vocals/bodhran and Gary Woodside on guitar. Sarah's vocals will enchant you as she sings Celtic love songs, tales of old and some of her favorite sea shanties. With a colorful background and knowledge of music, Gary Woodside brings a unique edge to his guitar styling's as he carries Sarah through their songs. You can find her performing on both days with her duo "ar Turas" at the Learners Arms Tent and the Four Peaks Tap Room Tent. Come join Sarah and Gary on "Their Journey" together!

Dé Máirt Ceol

Dé Máirt Ceol

Dé Máirt Ceol is a Phoenix-based group of Irish traditional musicians. They are the resident band for the third Friday ceili dances at the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center. The members have also performed on local TV shows, at the Arizona Irish Festival, the Tempe Festival of the Arts, the Experience Ireland program at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and various other venues. They are proud to be returning for the 5th consecutive year to the Phoenix Scottish Games

Brian Harris is the leader of De Mairt Ceol. Seated: Ruth Christensen (fiddle), Jim Bidle (bodhran), Denis Franklin (keyboard) Standing: Tom Connor (uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Rick Boyle (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Brian Harris (tin whistle), John Paden (banjo, mandolin), John Rausch (flute)

Open Beta Band (Sunday March 4)

Formerly known as ‘Talk A Little Treason’, this Phoenix area band has been playing together since September 2014. Over time, they’ve been developing their sound, trending more towards “Geek” and “Folk” and a bit less “Irish”.

In June 2015 they changed their name, choosing Open Beta to reflect their nerdy background and future plans.

They’re a work in progress but on Sunday March 4th in the Kilt Lifter™ Tap Room, they’ll bring a bit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Phoenix Scottish Games.

Mistress of Ceremonies - Sarah Noble

Sarah NobleMs. Noble is excited to be your Mistress of Ceremonies!

She has performed and been an MC at "The Games" for several years now and enjoys being a part of the history and craic! Sarah is a local singer and bodhran player- she has performed with bands- formerly of Time Reclaimed, The Brazen Heads, Traveler World Music, Kilted Spirit and Brian O'Carroll.

Sarah is also the Director and performer of your very own, Arizona Celtic Women, who perform a special concert once a year at the Irish Cultural Center and other unique events around the state. Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook!

You can find her performing on both days with her duo "ar Turas". Check the Entertainment Schedule for more information! Come say hello- I look forward to entertaining you!!

Appearing Throughout the Event

Chris Yates

Chris Yates

In addition to acting as Master of Ceremonies of the Opening Ceremonies, and also performing in his iconic roles of Woody McCloud (the World's Tallest Scotsman) - Chris is introducing a new act, Rusty Bawls - the Celtic Rock Comic, with the Scottish Rock BASSics show.

This is a unique, original, comedic take on contemporary Scottish rock and rock musicians, with songs and music you will know, but likely didn't know were Scottish. This is not about Loch Lomond or Paul McKenna, this is more about, Sweet Dreams are Made of This and Rod Stewart.

And, it's Just Rusty and a Bass Guitar. Hence, it's unique and well, BASSic, (Get it!?), and you're learning. Bring a drink, your knowledge of Scottish musical trivia and settle in for an interactive, silly set of Celtic Musical Jeopardy.

Chris and ‘Rusty’ will be appearing in both the KiltLifter™ Tap Room and the Learners Arms.

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