Enter The Haggis formed in Toronto in 1996 and since then they have brought their raucous musicianship, energy and inspired performances to audiences around the world. The band released their sixth album, “The Modest Revolution,” in March.
Also performing on the main stage is Celtic Fusion Recording Artist Arvel Bird, associated with Clan Kennedy. The violinist and flautist is known around the world for his dramatic fusion music that combines Celtic and Native American traditions.
In addition, Pennsylvania-based folk troubadour Gerry Timlin will join the festival’s line-up. Timlin has performed Scots-Irish folk music at pubs and festivals around the world since the early 1970s.
A second performance area, the Community Stage, will showcase local talents: Fritz Schindler, Avery Davis and Timmy Mills, the Radford Dance Center Performing Company, Ryan Patterson and Parker Williams and Radford Improv Club’s Pridemore Playtime Players.
The festival will feature performances by three pipes and drums bands: Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums, Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums, and Warpipe.
All are welcome to this celebration of the Appalachia’s Celtic heritage. The day will be a proper céilidh, beginning with a grand entry to the festival grounds by the pipes and drums bands and clans, followed by the Raisback Memorial Scottish Heavyweight Games and sheepherding demonstrations.
Admission to the festival is free. Children can enjoy activities offered in the Wee Highlander Village and more than 70 craft and food vendors will be on hand.
The festival is a partnership between the City of Radford and Radford University. Learn more about the festival and other attractions at www.radford.edu/festival. On Facebook, search for “Radford Highlanders Festival.”