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"Scottish Music"



2014 Games
Sept. 26-27
Forest Park

(near the tennis courts, South of the Missouri History Museum)

 

Friday, Sept. 26 - Gates open 5-10:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 27 - Gates open 8:45am-6pm

Scottish Music


Scooter Muse/
Jil Chambless
Jil Chambless, originally from Montgomery AL, now resides in Tuscaloosa and has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 20 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts all over the U.S. as well as in Canada, Scotland and Israel with Henri’s Notions, Ed Miller, the Vogt Family Contra Band, The Vulcan Eejits, and with guitarist Scooter Muse. “A truly great singer” - Brian McNeill

Scooter Muse is a master guitar and banjo player, founder of the Full Moon Ensemble (5 CDs in the 90’s), member of Henri’s Notions and 8 time winner of the Tennessee Valley Championships (banjo). He plays with Jil Chambless as a duo, in the Ed Miller Trio and with fiddler John Taylor. Scooter is a Master Folk Artist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Referring to his solo CD, “Saddell Abbey” “… a haunting and beautiful piece of music. The peace of the Abbey is complimented perfectly by your composition. Well done! Just wonderful!” - The Saddell Abbey Trust of Scotland.

Contact Jil at www.jilchambless.com and Scooter at www.scootermuse.com.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller is one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish folk revival and brings his love of Scotland to every performance. Originally from Edinburgh, Ed now lives in Austin, TX where he hosts a folk music program on Austin’s National Public Radio station. Ed is one of the most popular folk artists on the Highland Games circuit in North America, and has recorded numerous CDs, his latest being “Never Frae My Mind.” His performances include traditional ballads and the songs of Robert Burns, as well as songs from contemporary Scottish song writers such as Brian McNeill, Alan Reid, and of course, Ed himself. Ed is in great demand by Scottish music lovers in the St. Louis area. This will be his seventh year to be a featured artist at our Scottish Games and he has also been the guest entertainer for two of the St. Andrew Society annual Burns Dinners. “His clear, sure way with a song, and gentle, humorous way with an audience, will charm every listener.” - Judy Stein, The Focal Point, St. Louis.

Contact Ed at: edmiller@songsofscotland.com

John Taylor
John Taylor a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, started playing fiddle when he was eight years old. He moved to California in 1979 and joined the Scottish/Irish folk group Emerald. John has recorded albums with pianist Andy Imbri, with the dance band Fiddlesticks and Ivory, the group Men of Worth, and with Ed Miller. While playing with Ed a few years ago, John met Scots songwriter and musician Brian McNeill. The three worked together on the recording of Ed’s Lowlander album, and as a follow-up, John completed his own album, After the Dance, produced by Brian, and featuring both Ed and Brian in the lineup. He has played for dance tours in Scotland and New Zealand and regularly plays for dances and dance workshops throughout the US and Canada. He can also often be seen and heard accompanying singer Ed Miller or the Scots/Irish duo "Men of Worth" and has recorded with both.

Peat Fire Flame
Peat Fire Flame is a Ceilidh band and plays music for Scottish country dancing as well as for concerts. Songs include Scots and Gaelic. Since 2001 the band has played for Burns Dinners, St. Andrew Dinners, highland games, parties, Festival of Nations, weddings and receptions. Their first CD, “Life’s Journey”, was recorded in summer 2010. For information or to engage the band, call Diane at 314-773-4195 or email dmccspae@sbcglobal.net.

Pictured left to right: Connie Bellinghausen, flute/whistle; Tyler Moore, fiddle/vocals; Diane McCullough, keyboard/vocals; Mark Clark, guitar/vocals.
Duddy Breeks plays traditional Scottish and Celtic folk music. Ken MacSwan, the group’s leader, grew up in Scotland and has lived in St. Louis for over 20 years. The band features Ken on octave mandolin and guitar, Thayne Bradford on fiddle and George Kieffer on accordion. George is on leave so Duddy Breeks appears as a duo this year.

Contact Ken at duddybreeks@yahoo.com

Calum Martin
Calum Martin is a Gaelic singer/composer/teacher/musician and producer who hails from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. He has been involved in Gaelic Music for well over 40 years both as a performer and as a teacher - teaching in both primary and secondary schools from 1992 till his early retirement in 2011. He was also involved in producing the highly successful Salm CDs Vol. 1 & 2 which explore the unique sound of Gaelic Psalm Singing in its natural setting as well as the Salm & Soul CD which was recorded live at Celtic Connections in 2005 exploring the connection between American Gospel Music and Gaelic Psalm Singing. In 2011 he set up a course in Contemporary Gaelic Songwriting and Production with the Scottish Qualifications Authority which is now available to any school in Scotland. He is being presented at the St. Louis Scottish Games by Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education (SPAE).

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