2017 Featured Performers

July 28, 29 & 30, 2017
Enumclaw Expo Center
45224 - 284th Avenue SE
Enumclaw, Washington

NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE Enumclaw Expo Center

The 2017 FeaturedPerformers schedule is combined with the Celtic Arts Schedule


Blackthorn is a Vancouver (Canada)-based Celtic folk group whose repertoire celebrates the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland as well as folk music of English and French Canada.

The group formed in 1988 performing in local coffee houses and bars, expanding their horizons since then to include large-scale concerts, festivals, conventions, weddings, parties and private functions throughout western Canada and parts of the US.

From lively jigs and reels to heart-wrenching airs and ballads, savour the melodies and intricately woven harmonies that bring this music to life in a new way, mixed with humour and above all else, fun.

For further information, visit www.blackthornband.com


Men of Worth

The folk-music duo, Men of Worth, was formed by James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland) in 1986. Both exiles, it was through the Celtic music scene in Southern California that James and Donnie first met, and within a couple of years a partnership developed that was simultaneously serious and fun.

Geographical changes now find James and Donnie living in Southern Oregon and Northern California respectively. Whilst remaining true to their Gaelic roots, Men of Worth have successfully evolved as entertainers. Success breeds success, and a natural progression toward education and travel has sealed the next decade as an exciting and pioneering era for the versatile duo.
Together Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.

Men of Worth are an international act, and have earned much respect and success in two decades of touring. Cultural presentations in Schools have received rave reviews by students and teachers alike. Performing concerts, festivals, and having recorded ten albums, Men of Worth continue the very tradition from which they evolved.

Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland. Writing tunes and original songs in both his first language Gaelic and in English, Donnie presents the music from his native Scotland with passion and humour. Donnie performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran.

James Keigher comes from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. He is a singer, writer and collector of traditional and contemporary folk music. James was raised in Charlestown, a small rural community setting, steeped in traditional music and stories. He performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran.

For further information, visit: http://www.menofworth.com


Colin Grant - Adams

Colin Grant-Adams, recording artist, Scottish/Celtic Folksinger, Guitarist, originally from Oban Scotland, presents a program of traditional, contemporary, and nationally acclaimed original folksongs about Scotland's rugged landscape "These are My Mountains" it's turbulent history, "Ye Jacobites By Name" and the Scottish immigrants' influence on American folk and Bluegrass music, with "Scottish American" and "Kentucky in the Spring Time."

Audiences have enjoyed Colin Grant-Adams, performances in the famous folk clubs of Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Europe and across the United States. Grant-Adams, brings new life to the traditional tunes and are delivered with a touch of humor, the telling of mystical stories and even a few sing-along songs that leave the crowds asking for more.

Weaving tales of Scotland's turbulent history and haunting beauty with his remarkable ballads, Grant-Adams takes you on a journey across the seas to Scotland and the Islands.

Colin captivates the audience's heart, mind and soul.

His repertoire ranges from the well-known classical songs: "Skye Boat Song," "Will You Go Lassie Go," and "Dark Lochnagar" to the contemporary, and traditional music of Scotland and Ireland to the Bluegrass music of Kentucky, plus his acclaimed original compositions, "Where the Rhododendrons Grow," "Blood in the Ground", "Scottish American," and "The Lone Piper."

Grant-Adams has produced nine recordings, "Come by the Hills," "Glencoe," "Old Friends Across the Sea," "Scotland - Land of My Father", "Scottish American," "Traditional and Original Songs of Scotland," "This Land Called Scotland," "Colin Grant-Adams and His Guitar", and "A Toast To Scotland."

Grant-Adams has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, and concerts all over the United States, plus at the acclaimed Carnegie Hall, NYC.

Please visit www.colingrant-adams.com for more info.


Golden Bough

Formed in January of 1980, Golden Bough's first performances were in and around San Francisco. Soon they were touring Europe where they played the streets and small folk clubs of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. These simple beginnings soon led to major tours of European cities and a recording contract with the premier European folk music label, ARC Music.

Golden Bough continues to tour the United States, performing in theaters, at festivals and Highland Games. They have also performed in Canada, the Caribbean and Japan (where they were met by enthusiastic fans holding up Golden Bough's recordings, ready for autographs).

Recently Golden Bough's music was featured in the PBS documentary Visions of Scotland. Currently they are in the studio recording music for the audio book of the Scottish children's tale, The Man Who Spoke With Cats. This book, written by T.E. Watson, won the 2009 "National Readers Choice" and "American Authors Association" awards.

Rooted in the traditional music of Ireland & Scotland, Golden Bough also performs the music of the lesser known Celtic lands of Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia. With over 25 recordings to date, Golden Bough has become a popular and in demand group on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from folk fans wherever they perform.

In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional folk music and captivates listeners with the uniqueness of their original compositions. Their music is well received and enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Please visit www.goldenboughmusic.com for more information on Golden Bough recordings and concerts.

Please vist: http://www.goldenboughmusic.com


Seattle Knights

The Seattle Knights, the Northwest's premier sword fighting and jousting organization, is a theatrical troupe whose specialty is Medieval Fantasy. Their dedication to the principal of "Education through Entertainment" has made the Seattle Knights the top stage combat troupe in the country.
The actor-combatants perform choreographed combat using real armor and weapons. Men and women perform on equal footing, taking up spears, pole weapons, war hammers, axes, daggers, and, of course, swords of almost every variety. For all the ferocity and excitement, it's all good, clean fun.
The Seattle Knights proudly maintain the best safety record in the industry, and have performed for schools, businesses, private functions, parades, charities, festivals, and renaissance fairs around the United States.

For the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering, the Seattle Knights swap armor and horses for kilts and comedy, displaying their skills with rapier and repartee throughout the day. Join us for music, mirth, and merry mayhem.

For more information, visit: http://www.seattleknights.com.



Chances are you've seen BROTHER on NBC's 'ER', maybe heard their music on the classic 'Baraka' soundtrack or UPN's ' Twilight Zone.' The band has shared stages with Joe Walsh, John Entwhistle, Linkin Park, and Alicia Keys and are the only independent band to have played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, BROTHER is wholly original. The band's powerhouse live performances are an energetic celebration, captivating and engaging the audience from the first song to the last.

Angus, founding member of BROTHER, arrived in Los Angeles from Australia with his brothers a decade ago as little more than fresh-faced farm boys. In LA, they found themselves busking at Venice Beach, the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Studios to survive. Since those days, BROTHER evolved its trademark sound while touring extensively in the United States and in Canada, Japan, France, Egypt and Australia.

They did it all free from standard industry trends and pigeon-holes. BROTHER has self-released 12 albums, sold more CDs in the USA than any other independent Australian act and has regularly been cited as a role model within the independent scene.

BROTHER live today is a powerhouse celtic tribal trio. The band's legendary live shows have reached a whole new level, with soul brothers Angus, Dalbo and Drew filling the stage with their energy and sound.

For more information, visit: https://www.brothermusic.com//


Wicked Tinkers

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and tribal drums as a professional band since 1995. With the addition, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and the Bronze Age Irish horn, their allure is hypnotic. The band merges the best of modern, rock-and-roll energy of the 21st century with the persistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. “The combination seems to tap the very soul of Gaelic Music,” says bagpiper Aaron Shaw. The Wicked Tinker sound transports listeners to an ancient Scotland and Ireland when battle cries filled the air generating psychic connections to primal emotions. This music puts fire in your belly and dance in your feet.

The WICKED TINKERS bring their vitality and humor to stages across America. Besides appearances on national television THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON, Wicked Tinkers tours the U.S. for most of the year. They have made friends and fans from all over the world at some of the largest Highland Games, including: Pleasanton in California; the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw, Washington; the Texas Highland Games in Arlington, Texas; festivals in Estes Park, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada; as far east as the Oklahoma Highland Games; the Kentucky Scottish Weekend; the Rhode Island Celtic Festival; and the Mid-Winter Scottish-Irish Festival and Fair in Pennsylvania.

Some of WICKED TINKERS' biggest fans are kids! The band has performed and instructed at schools for children of all ages.

WICKED TINKERS sound is the distillation of the passion of a people and their music. Like a fine, smoky Scotch whisky, it's a little rough around the edges but unmistakably the real thing.

For further information, visit www.wickedtinkers.com