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Highland Games: Entertainers Who Performed in 2017

And get ready to enjoy for an even better lineup of the best in Celtic entertainment, at the 54th Annual Phoenix Scottish Games in 2018!.

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.

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The sound is an explosive fusion of world music and rock with dramatic and sweet melodies influenced by ethnic heritages from all over the World. Band leader and composer Scott Jeffers’ own Lebanese heritage and American upbringing has inspired his vision to blend elements of ancient ethnic music with rock. The Traveler concert is a multi-cultural emotionally intensive performance bringing Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Greek and Turkish musical heritages to stage; combining traditional ethnic instruments with all the power of a full blown rock band.

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

The band is lead by Iain Walinck.

Also performing for Stoneybank are
Corey Ticknor, Billy Parker and
Jerica Nicolaides

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.

Stoneybank will also perfom in the Learner's Arm Music Tent.

Appearing in the Learner's Arms Music Tent



Blackthorn’s extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. Their repertoire has expanded to include creative original compositions that reflect the influences of these traditions. From lively jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

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!

Celtica Chorale

Celtica Chorale

Celtica Chorale exists to preserve the musical culture of the Celts. The group represents the strong choral traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Brittany, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia. Medieval, traditional and modern music from the very best Celtic composers take you on an incredible musical tour you’ll never forget.

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist

Jen's powerful, rich voice blends with Annie's clean, passionate guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and harmonies, to give Cinnamon Twist a fun, rich sound in a variety of genres. From Celtic to country, jazz to classic rock, and old-time standards to unique originals, Cinnamon Twist gives you fun music with a spicy twist!

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)

String 'Em Up Band

String "Em Up Band

String 'Em Up is an acoustic based bluegrass ensemble whose members have a diverse musical background. While the majority of our songs consist of traditional and modern bluegrass, we do follow our own musical path and re-make classic rock and other popular folk songs in exciting new ways.

Mistress of Ceremonies - Sarah Noble

Sarah NobleMs. Noble is excited to be your Mistress of Ceremonies in the Learners Arms Tent for her 2nd year in a row!

This is her fourth season performing at "The Games." 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 may even find a few AZ Celtic Women performing at the Learners Arms Tent!

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 say hello- I look forward to entertaining you!!

Appearing Throughout the Event

Christopher Yates

Christopher YatesWhether it's juggling, comedy, roving on stilts, medieval and restaurant theater characters or a hilarious live act compere/emcee, Christopher works the crowds like no other. No matter what the age, he wins everyone's hearts.

Most famous at our event for portraying Woody McCloud - the world's tallest Scotsman - Chris also performs acts all through the grounds, and emcee's the ceremonies.

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