Athena Caledonian Games is proud to announce this year we will have three musical groups preforming in addition to the multiple pipe bands, Celtic Harp and Story tellers. We have also added a third stage to the games this year.
Janet Naylor will be performing her Celtic Harp on the Creek Side Stage throughout the day. Joining Janet on the Creek Side Stage will be Mary Finney, telling Scottish stories.
On the City Park Stage the events will be kicked off with the annual Piping Competition followed by our newest tradition, Shindig. Preforming later on the City Park Stage will be The Celtic Tradition.
Our new stage, The Bridge Stage, will be opened by Scalywag! followed by aBuck63.
In addition to the entertainment planned for the three stages, the Park will also play host to Clan Tents, The Caledonian Old Car Show, Horseshoe Tournament and The Kids Games. The park parking lot and high school athletic field will host Vendors, the Athletic Competition and Sheepdog Trials. All this and much more is on tap for this years Games.
The Celtic Tradition
Joe Ross and Janet Naylor have teamed up to draw Caledonian listeners in and experience fun-loving music from Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. Joe and Janet, members of The Celtic Tradition, have Celtic music in their blood and it oozes into a rollicking, lively and spirited highlight for Caledonian audiences. Based in Eugene and Roseburg, The Celtic Tradition has become traditional with their background of University of Oregon, wide-spread festival performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, workshops, and teaching. Joe is irresitable in featuring his collection of Celtic instruments (“Edu-taining”, he calls it) and in their infectious beat. Joe brings vocals, mandolin, guitar, concertina, hammered dulcimer and repartee. Janet is well-known to Caledonian harp enthusiasts and shows versatility as she joins Joe Ross in harmony for harp and vocals in this exciting duo called The Celtic Tradition.
Matt & Heather Murphy, known as aBuck63, have performed up and down the west coast from Berkeley, California to Victoria Island, Canada entertaining family-filled Scottish highland games, elementary schools,colleges, roadside attractions, dinner houses and maybe a pub or two along the way. With guitar, Irish whistle and mandolin, they share an enormous library of music that tugs on the heart strings of those who have grown up listening to and loving Celtic music. They awaken the spark in those who are “just sure I’ve heard that song before”.
Harvey Neuber, performing concertina, Loralyn Staples of Red Desert Violin, and Rich Monacelli, guitar, all members of Scalywag!, cross the country to make music together and if it is Celtic music, all the better. This group has performed together, but now, miles apart, it is a grand reunion when they see one another. Loralyn lives, teaches and performs in Arizona (reddesertviolin.com), Harvey in Cove, Oregon and Rich in Walla Walla, WA. Their shared interests, heritage and experience make a lasting bond and cement their love of Celtic music whenever they get together. The Caledonian spirit of gathering friends lives on.