Kern County Scottish Society presents -19th Annual Scottish Games & Gathering
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 - Games 9am-5pm / Ceilidh 6pm-10pm Kern County Fairgrounds - 1142 So. P Street, Bakersfield CA Directions / Map
Mark your calendar & stay tuned! Event schedules and more info coming soon!
Mayor Hall is our chieftain of the day for the Games!
Here's a look at last year's event, this event gets bigger and better every year! Thank you so much for making 2013 Games & Gathering such an amazing event! You all Got Yer Plaid On and Joined Us! It was a day of great fun, a day of tradition. A day that had something for everyone, Scottish or not. If you've never experienced the Games, come and see what brings people back year after year. It's a fun packed day that is filled with things to do: Scottish heavy athletics, genealogy, clans and family history, live music on multiple stages, sheepdog herding demos, dance shows, a large area just for children, a petting zoo and a multitude of really great food and merchandise vendors.
Coming soon! Advance admission tickets will be available for purchase at World Records 2815 F St. Bakersfield CA 661-831-3100. You will also be able to purchase tickets at the gate on event day.
Bring comfortable chairs or your favorite blanket, and/or a small umbrella. Sorry to say, no picnic baskets, outside coolers, outside food or drinks are allowed to be brought in to the festival grounds. Non-threatening dogs on leashes are allowed when accompanied by doggie bags.
Games General Admission $16
Combo (both Games & Ceilidh) $26
Ceilidh (Celtic Music Party - requires separate ticket or combo purchase) $16
Children 10 and under - Free!
Games: Seniors 60+, Military, Students $13 *Purchase At the Gate*
Kern County Fairgrounds charges $3 for parking
March of the
& Story Telling
with Lots of
Heavy Athletics /
Clan Tents /
British Car Show
Petting Zoo, Bounce
Rock Climbing Wall
Food & Beverage
Mini Car Show
Men's & Women's
Coming from out of town for the Games and need a discounted room?
Contact Four Points by Sheraton-5101 California Ave, Bakersfield CA 661-325-9700 fourpoints.com/bakersfield
Highland Games / Heavy Athletics:
Scottish Heavy Athletics is hosting the 2013 Games. Scottish Heavy Events are a traditional part of Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings. This year's events will be the Hammer Throw, the Stone Throw, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, and the Caber Toss.
Stone Throw - This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. There are also some differences from the Olympic shot put in allowable techniques. There are two versions of the stone toss events, differing in allowable technique. The “Braemar Stone” uses a 20–26 lb stone for men (13–18 lb. for women) and does not allow any run up to the toeboard or “trig” to deliver the stone, i.e., it is a standing put. In the “Open Stone” using a 16–22 lb. stone for men (or 8–12 lb. for women), the thrower is allowed to use any throwing style so long as the stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release. Most athletes in the open stone event use either the “glide” or the “spin” techniques.
Weight For Distance - Also known as the weight throw event. There are actually two separate events, one using a light (28 lb. for men and 14 lb. for women) and the other a heavy (56 lb for men, 42 lb. for masters men, and 28 lb for women) weight. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached by means of a chain. The implement is thrown with one hand using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins.
Caber Toss - The Caber is a tree that has been cut and trimmed down so one end is slightly wider than the other. It can vary length from 16 to 22 feet and between 100 and 180 pounds. The smaller end is rounded off so it will be easy to cup in the thrower’s hands. The caber is stood up for the thrower with the large end up. The thrower hoists the caber up and cups the small end in his hands. He then takes a short run with the caber and then stops and pulls the caber so that the large end hits the ground and the small end flips over and faces away from the thrower. The caber is scored for accuracy as though the thrower is facing the 12:00 position on a clock face. A judge behind the thrower calls how close to the 12:00 position the small end of the caber lands, 12:00 being a perfect toss. If the caber is not turned, a side judge calls the degrees of the angle the caber makes with the ground.
Hammer Throw - This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball (weighing 16 or 22 lb. for men or 12 or 16 lb. for women) is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length and made out of wood, bamboo, rattan, or plastic. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Hammer throwers sometimes employ specially designed footwear with flat blades to dig into the turf to maintain their balance and resist the centrifugal forces of the implement as it is whirled about the head. This substantially increases the distance attainable in the throw.
Haggis Toss! Men's and Women's Competitions!
Enter to exhibit your form in the Haggis Hurl!
Open to all ages.
Live Music performances by:
Wicked Tinkersbrings their high energy, tribal Celtic sound that will have you dancing on the tables – 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. 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.
Banshee in the Kitchen
Kern County based Banshee in the Kitchen plays Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon. Touring and recording since 2002, the trio has delighted audiences in festivals, theaters, living rooms, and countless other venues from New York to Japan. They take traditional Celtic tunes, find the sweet spot between old and new, stirring it all up with trademark playfulness and musicality they term “banshee-fying.” On stage, National Champion hammered dulcimer player Brenda Hunter (fiddle, hammered dulcimer) and Jill Egland (flute, accordion, whistle) trade off inspired flights of lead and counter melody over dynamic backing by Kat Edmonson (six- and twelve-string guitar, bouzouki). No strangers to the microphone, the three trade off lead and backing vocals on a choice selection of songs, as well as jocular commentary in between. Joining the trio is veteran bassist Kris Martin, and Victorio Xavier on percussion (the honorary "Man-shee").
Whiskey Galore - The band evolved in 1997 as a result of friendship and a deep passion for Celtic music between Mike Bowen and Kevin Brliley. With the addition of Jeff Davis in 2002 this duo became a trio. Bassist Rich Spencer joined the band in 2004, making the band a quartet. We are frequently supported by the lovely singing voice of piper Kevin's wife Kristin. The band is based in Bakersfield, California; their motto is "American Bred, Celtic Fed". Whiskey Galore's spirited brand of music has stirred fans in various venues in California and Nevada.
Stand Easy- A Celtic Rock band led by John McLean Allan, an award-winning bagpiper formerly with the Grade 1 LA Scots Pipe Band. John is a singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has appeared playing bagpipes in numerous feature films and television shows, including the Oscar-winning Best Picture, “Million Dollar Baby,” “Battleship,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “General Hospital,” “West Wing,” “Austin Powers 2,” “Open Season,” “Primary Colors,” “Judging Amy,” and “Providence,” among many others.Stand Easy also features Jeff Cullen on highland pipes (also formerly with Grade 1 LA Scots,) and whistles and vocals, Ken Lasaine on guitars, Paul Trutner on bass, and Fabio Poian on drums.
Brilliant Gypsies - The Brilliant Gypsies are Incendiary Music— driven by the grinding, syncopated guitar and passionate vocals of Peter Romano; the virtuosic fiddle of Chris Loken; the soaring Uilleann Pipes, Flutes and Whistles of Zac Leger; and the Rock solid beat of Bass, Drums and Percussion from Leo Valenzuela and Rik Shannon-- Alternative, Rock, Trad, Jazz, and World collide— melodies as ancient as the Druids; grooves as current as indie radio... Converging in the hotbed of the L.A. music scene, The Brilliant Gypsies erupted— players as diverse as the places they come from and the influences they express: the Rock clubs of Sunset Boulevard, the smoke-filled pubs of Ireland, the back roads of Tennessee, the great Pacific Northwest— Arena anthems, pub playing, bluegrass jamming, jazz/blues nightspots— The Brilliant Gypsies invoke the spirits and locations which have formed them; and the places they have left their mark.
Kris Colt & the Black Rose Band Kris Colt is a uniquely American Celtic singer/songwriter, who brings with her the tradition of the story teller, as she weaves successfully radio charted original tunes with the beloved Irish and Scottish classics. “Kris Colt & The Black Rose Band,” have been popular attractions at Celtic Fairs and Festivals throughout Southern California such as The Great American Irish Fair in Orange County, The San Diego Highland Games, Scotsfest in Costa Mesa, and had a terrific time on the main stage at the Irish Fair & Music Festival at Fairplex. Recently Kris took the band to Las Vegas Nevada for a rocking Saturday night concert on the main stage of the famous Fremont Experience, as well as entertaining the crowd at a weekend festival playing for the Las Vegas Society. "The Black Rose Band” can be seen on the concert stage, as well as in pubs and clubs such as Hollywood’s Molly Malones, opening for the “Fenians” at the famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip, The Knitting Factory, Muldoons, The Harp, opening for “The Young Dubliners” at TBoyles, Hennessey’s Tavern, Las Vegas Nevada, Pechanga Casino, and local hangs like Ireland's 32 to name a few.
Scottish Fiddlers of LAFor the past thirty years, the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles have delighted audiences throughout Southern California with the lively, energetic and irresistibly uplifting music of Scotland, the Shetlands, Cape Breton Island and Ireland. Their playing is characterized by hard-driving reels and strathspeys, hauntingly beautiful airs, and sweet waltzes by internally known Scottish fiddler Jan Tappan, their music is sure to get your toes-tapping and your hands-clapping. The Scottish Fiddlers perform at a variety of venues, and are always accepting new members. For information on booking the Scottish Fiddlers, or to join, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pipe on the Hob (Playing in the Tea Room) One of the most prominent Celtic Music bands playing in the Central Valley. Based in Fresno, California they are known for their exciting blend of Irish and Scottish music. Fast reels and jigs are mixed with beautiful slow airs and songs. The band in its present form features: Donn Beedle on fiddle, viola, and mandola; Carl Johnsen on hammered dulcimer, whistles and flute; Kathryn Johnsen on Irish harp and keyboard; Karana Hattersley-Drayton on vocals, keyboard and guitar.
Slugger O-Toole Slugger O'Toole is an LA-based Celtic trad/rock quartet who share a passion for the working, fighting, and drinking songs of Ireland. We hail from the four corners, and were thrown together by our mutual love of the music and culture. Slugger concocts a lethal brew of foot-stomping classics, deft instrumentals, and accapella killers. Everybody sweats, everybody sings! Slugger's live shows span the state of California, and include The Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, The Three Stages in Folsom, The Irvine Barclay in Irvine, The California Center For the Arts in Escondido, as well as popular LA haunts including Molly Malone's, The Tam O'Shanter, O'Brien's on Main, Viva Cantina, The Fox and The Hounds, Finn McCool's, The Tangier, The Banshee, and The Celtic Arts Center. These shows have been (favorably) compared to "being punched in the face with a fistful of shamrocks.
Live Pipe Bands who performed in 2013 were:
The Tehachapi Mountain Pipes & Drumsbegan as a dream of one man, Jack Pierce, over eight years ago. He started with bagpipe lessons at a local music store and one student. Since then the band has grown to include 16 pipers and 7 drummers! Band members range in age from 65 to 10 years old! The band meets once a week for a three-hour practice session. The idea behind this band is to "get out there and have fun!" And, that, they do! They entertain audiences in the High Desert and Kern County areas. The band always welcomes new students and musicians of all skills and levels.
The Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums was formed as a main offshoot of the founding of the Piping Society of Central California in 1990 as a non-profit with the following purpose: "To preserve and promote the great highland bagpipe, excellence in piping, and the love of bagpipe music." Now in its 18th year, the band has already accomplished many of its goals. The band has sent several pipers, drummers and dancers to summer schools and camps. Over the years the band has played at innumerable parades, dinners, parties, funerals, weddings, ceilidhs, holiday events and highland games and festivals from San Luis Obispo to Mammoth Lakes. The band teaches piping and drumming to anyone who has a genuine interest and willingness to work hard to learn.
The Ripon Police & Fire Pipe Band was founded by Pipe Majors Gary Speed, Abe Cisneros, and President Phil McGill. Phil was also co-founder of the Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County. The band and society support each other. The Ripon Police & Fire Pipe Band consists of thirty members, more than half of which are under the age of sixteen. All being volunteers, teach piping and drumming to anyone who would like to learn free of charge. There are no special requirements. We play mostly Irish tunes and are available for special events or service. We practice at the P.A.L. building at 233 Main Street, Ripon, California 95321 on Tuesday's at 6:00p.m. The Ripon Police & Fire Pipe Band is sponsored by Dunbar Bagpipes of Canada. Some members also play with the Jack Dunbar Memorial Pipe Band founded by Abe Cisneros.
The Gold Coast Pipe Band, a Camarillo-based Gold Coast Pipe Band is a competitive band that was formed in 1999 by a group of award winning pipers for the purpose of becoming a premier performance band in the Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles areas. The band has appeared at many events - most notably playing on stage numerous times with the Chieftain's during their US tours, the wedding of Sandra Bullock and Jesse James in Santa Barbara, on the set of the most recent Ewan McGregor movie 'Beginners' - commencements, St. Patrick's Day celebrations, birthday and anniversary parties, golf tournaments, military, fire and police department functions as well as funerals, parades, fundraisers, car shows and civic affairs. The band recently surprised "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger on his 60th birthday. It's members have played for the funeral of a fallen Green Baret at Arlington National Cemetery, played for the wedding of TV star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, appeared on TV, radio and movie soundtracks. The Gold Coast Pipe Band proudly wears the Wallace tartan to all of its events! Music selections the band has played over the years incorporate many old-time favorites such as 'Amazing Grace' and 'Scotland the Brave' as well as new tunes that create memorable performances.
Pasadena Scots is a competitive pipe band consisting of bagpipes, snare drums, tenor drums and bass drum. Since the very first year, the band has been a competitive pipe band, winning numerous awards and trophies. They have been the WUSPBA (Western United States Pipe Band) champions twice in grade 4, and are the reigning champs in grade 3 for the 2nd year. They have performed locally and internationally, traveling to Canada, Scotland and even China! In addition, they perform at private events and charity benefits, including numerous American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" events.
Lots of fun activities in 2013 featured:
Dancers Fresno Highland Dancers, Clan Macleod Dancers (Scottish Country dancing), The Downtown Dance Arts Irish Tappers, and more. Highland dance evolved in its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events (namely Highland games), where it is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. Highland dancers wear specialized shoes called ghillies.Highland dance has been subject to many influences from outside the Highlands.
Story Telling and Blacksmithing Demonstrations Gypsy Time Travelers (Michel Olson and Christy Horne) are the husband and wife team who have history ringing in the ears of millions of people across the USA! They travel all across the United States in "Florence" their Recreational Castle, Blacksmith Shop and Stage Rig. They combine fabulous storytelling with anvil accompaniment and have created an award winning Stage Show that has been called "The Best in Family EDUTAINMENT." In 2012, over 5,000 items were made and given away to audience members in free drawings following every show. Gypsies, Tinkers or Travelers as they were called across Europe and Asia, were the first of the traveling Vaudevillian style entertainers and the last of the traveling Master Craftsmen. Gypsy Time Travelers keep these traditions alive for future generations.
Children's Glen - Pirates Treasure! Sponsored by The Society for Disabled Children Featuring the Kern County Pirates. Visit a pirate encampment, hunt for treasure, enter the best dressed pirate costume contest and try your skill at a variety of free games and activities. Bounce House Playland, rock climbing wall and free petting zoo. Bring your friends and family for a swashbuckling good time. Children can pick up a passport from the KCSS booth to fill when visiting the Clan area and turn it in at the Children's Glen for a prize provided by the Kern County Scottish Society. Treasure Hunt Tickets $3 children 4-12. All Treasure Hunt proceeds benefit the Society for Disabled Children.
Clans - Interested in joining us? With over 20 clans joining us, you won't want to be left out! For more information, please contact Sheryl Ferguson at email@example.com.
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Come & Join Us!
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Did you know that by volunteering a mere 3 hours of your time to help at the 18th Annual Kern County Scottish Games & Gathering you get free admission? Plus an opportunity to make new friends, see old friends, and rub elbows with some handsome Scotsmen. Please call 661-865-8890 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, phone number and email address.
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