Ceud mìle fàilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to the NESD Celtic Faire & Games!
Celebrate Living Celtic Culture. Held September 14th and 15th 2019. Family event that includes: Music, dancing, food, vendors, Highland Heavy Games, genealogy, bagpipers, history, arts, games, sports, demonstrations such as wood carving, cooking, blacksmith, leather working, etc.
Ceud mìle fàilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to the NESD Celtic Faire & Games!
Mission: Our commitment to the Celtic heritage is paramount. We hope to provide this region with an event of the highest quality that will, year after year, draw crowds of people from near and far who have a love of all things Celtic, and those who just want to learn more about the Celtic culture and history.
This is it. The first Saturday in June. On this day, the day we would normally name our new Ontario Champions, we instead present our 2020 Virtual Champions' Fling. A collaboration of 53 Ontario Champions past and present and a celebration of Ontario Highland dancers. We hope that you enjoy it and that it may serve as inspiration for those dancers who will take to the boards at the Ontario Closed Championship in 2021.
A huge thank you to all of the Ontario Champions who participated; we literally couldn't have done this without you all and we hope that you are as happy with the final Fling as we are. And a special thank you to Hanna Kelly for volunteering to compile this video.
Enjoy. And be sure to watch to the very end!
Yes Virgina, there were Kilted men on D-day
Two of them matter of fact!
Bill Millin landed on the beaches playing his pipes! Captured snipers said they didn't shoot him because they thought he was crazy! Hey, it got him a statue!
Tommy Macpherson was behind the lines in his kilt. He helped stall the advance of the Das Reich panzer division that could have potentially counterattacked the beacheads and ended the invasion.
Both their stories are below
Bill Millin is best remembered for playing the pipes whilst under fire during the D-Day landing in Normandy. Pipers had traditionally been used in battle by Scottish and Irish soldiers. However, the use of bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War by the British Army. Lovat, nevertheless, ignored these orders and ordered Millin, then aged 21, to play. When Private Millin demurred, citing the regulations, he recalled later, Lord Lovat replied: "Ah, but that’s the English War Office. You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn’t apply." He played "Hielan' Laddie" and "The Road to the Isles" as his comrades fell around him on Sword Beach. Millin states that he later talked to captured German snipers who claimed they did not shoot at him because they thought he was crazy.
Lovat and Millin advanced from Sword Beach to Pegasus Bridge, which had been defiantly defended by men of the 2nd Bn the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry (6th Airborne Division) who had landed in the early hours by glider. Lovat's commandos arrived at a little past one p.m. at Pegasus Bridge although the rendezvous time in the plan was noon. To the sound of Millin's bagpipes, the commandos marched across Pegasus Bridge as a result of which twelve men died, most shot through their berets. Later detachments of the commandos rushed across in small groups with helmets on. Millin's D-Day bagpipes were later donated to the now Pegasus Bridge Museum.
Tommy Macpherson was an exceptional warrior-hero, acknowledged by experts as one of the bravest, most determined and resourceful British soldiers of WW II
The notorious Das Reich panzer division was on its way from southern France to Normandy to help repel the Allied armies that had landed there on D-Day. If they made the 450-mile journey in time, they could well be the difference between victory and defeat — which is why scores of Resistance units like this had been mobilised to slow their progress by whatever means they could...and at whatever cost.Tony was dropped into Normand two days before the D-Day invasion...in his kilt!!!
Through the night, he and his men felled trees to block the road ahead of the convoy and laid their only anti-tank mine, strapping plastic explosives to it for extra oomph. Grenades dangled from overhanging branches — primed to fall and explode.
Primitive though these measures were, they was surprisingly effective. In the morning, the Germans had to bring up heavy equipment to move the tree trunks. Minutes ticked away. Then a tank hit the mine and slewed across the road.
More delay. Finally, Macpherson and his men sprayed troop carriers with their Sten guns and then dashed away into the trees — classic hit-and-run tactics. Hiding at a distance, they heard shouts and screams as the grenades did their job.
Eventually and inevitably, the SS column moved on, but precious hours had been won. With similar small ¬victories the length of France, it took Das Reich more than a fortnight to complete what should have been a three-day journey, by which time the Allied hold on Normandy was secure.
With most of us in lockdown, one man has organized an online Celtic music festival to keep us connected and content. Read more here; https://tinyurl.com/y97sopgj
Here is another video from Monday’s simultaneous performance of Amazing Grace! Enjoy!
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Music and motion are always connected, giving inspriation to one another. This is the story of a young man asking a girl to dance, even though he is right and properly terrified because of how she shines in his eyes. His arc of success over the course of the song is a lovely example of what we can all hope to enjoy in the various spheres of our lives! The song is called Not the Devil because it can make all the difference in the world to simply ignore that discouraging little voice on your shoulder that tells you that you can't live the life that you dream.
We had such a wonderful time pre-recording this pre-isolation to share with you now. It's on our latest CD, In the Dear and Flick'ring Glow. (Available at www.steelcityrovers.com) We very much look forward to the day when we can make music together again and see so many of you wonderful people dancing together at our shows! Keep those feet movin' so that we're all ready to hit the ground running on that glad day ahead! #RoversLiveOnline
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Did you hear? It's #WorldWhiskeyDay! https://youtu.be/vVBk_R5U_QE #Scotch #Whiskey #Whisky #Bourbon #Celtic #Scottish #Ireland Nothing brings us together quite like Whisky
Scotch is the most popular Whisky in the world, but here's the shocker: it is not a Scottish invention. We know. Preposterous. In this episode, we'll talk ab...
it's the best day of the year
IT'S WORLD WHISKEY
Did you know you can add us on #SnapChat? snap: nesdceltic
We're all kind of still stuck around the house, so snap us cool pics of your swords or bread or pets or whatever you think is cool
Last night at midnight the EPPD was honored to have bagpiper Paul Savereide come to the police department and play Amazing Grace in the rain as a tribute to Law Enforcement Memorial Day.
The tradition of the Midnight Piper dates back to the late 1990’s when piper Jimmy O’Connell began playing a solo at the police memorial in Washington DC each year during Police Week to honor fallen officers. Due to COVID-19, the pipers could not honor the fallen and their survivors in the traditional manner, and instead performed a modified version of the Midnight Piper.
The Minnesota Police Pipe Band sent a Midnight Piper to nine law enforcement agencies last night including Eden Prairie. At precisely midnight, pipers at all locations simultaneously played Amazing Grace to honor the state’s fallen officers.
The EPPD would like to thank the Minnesota Police Pipe Band and the Emerald Society of Minnesota for their continued support of law enforcement and in particular, piper Paul Savereide who blessed us with his music last night.
Have you been following TeamJax?! He is Cancer FREE! He is traveling home and we plan to meet him out there to welcome him back. If you're available a little after 4pm, you can come, too!
His place is at 1415 Nicklaus Dr.
PLEASE OBSERVE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING
Great Lakes Scottish Athletes Association
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms who throw heavy!
Curious and Unusual Tartans
May 4 - the Grand Master Skywalker (Star Wars) tartan for Star Wars Days (May the Fourth Be With You)!
“I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you.”
~ Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
May the Fourth be with you! Apocryphally, the fourth of May became Star Wars Day as a result of an indirect Star Wars movie reference first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster stated that her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." In the Jedi Order, a Grand Master is usually the oldest, most experienced and best trained of all Jedi. The Grand Master dictates the organization's general policies while providing direction and guidance to the entire Jedi Order. Yoda and Luke Skywalker were Jedi Grandmasters. One of several Star Wars tribute tartans in a collection by a prolific tartan designer with colours representing: the lightsaber's blade, the dark and light side of the Force, the sands of Tattoine, and Luke's flight suit. May the Force be with You, this Fourth!
Curious? For more on this special day and associated tartan details and colours, visit the website at: https://www.curiousandunusualtartans.com/daysoftheyear/grand-master-skywalker-(star-wars)
Sportkilt does the right thing. Is there any group in the #AberdeenSD area that needs help? Send us a message and we'll see what we can do
Greetings Clan Brave! Sport Kilt donated 100 masks to the Navajo Nation who have been hit especially hard in this crisis. We're spreading the word to our amazing community because it turns out they're in need of a lot more than just masks. If you want to help them out too you can find more information on what they need and where to donate here: https://www.nndoh.org/donate.html
We are very proud of the women that have competed in our #HighlandGames!
Women’s classes are the fastest growing segment in Highland Games
Andrew Cairney from Glasgow, Scotland, loading all nine of The Ardblair Stones at Donald Dinnie Day - The Gathering II on Sunday 5th August 2018. The ninth stone weighs 152kg/335lbs and the barrels are a height of 132cm/52inches.
Andrew Cairney from Glasgow, Scotland, loading all nine of The Ardblair Stones at Donald Dinnie Day - The Gathering II on Sunday 5th August 2018. The ninth s...
Thank you to everyone who hung out with us this afternoon! If interested in purchasing a CD ($10 + $5 shipping), send us a direct message! Otherwise, you can find us on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, etc.
If you feel so inclined, here's our virtual tip jar: paypal.me/KinnfolkMusic
And don't forget to share this video! Will be doing more of these livestream session in the future.
1:00 Garret Berry's / Out on the Ocean / Connaughtman Rambles / Lark in the Morning
9:40 As I Roved Out
14:25 Home Boys Home
19:00 South Austrailia
21:30 Dick Darbin's / Foxhunter's Slipjig / Kid on the Mountain
27:20 Birthday Dirge for Susan Bradford
29:25 Bonnie Hieland Laddie
32:30 I Dreamt That I Dwelt
37:20 Wild Mountain Thyme
42:00 O'Carolan's Concerto / Loftus Jones
47:00 Danny Boy
51:00 The Rattlin Bog
1:05:15 JV Reel
1:10:15 Here's a Health to the Company
1:13:40 The Drunk Scotsman
1:24:00 Whiskey Before Breakfast / Fermoy Lasses / Gravel Walk
1:32:00 Whiskey in the Jar
1:36:00 Byker Hill
1:38:00 The Irish Washerwoman
1:40:00 Siuil a Run
1:45:45 The Well Below the Va--
RIP Prince - Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band members performing Amazing Grace outside First Avenue & 7th St Entry
The MacMedic tartan, The EMS Memorial tartan, and the Nursing Now tartan.
Virginia Scottish Games
A smile for your Friday.
San Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans
“A bagpipes tribute for those coping with the losses brought by COVID-19. A special thanks to all working to keep us safe, especially doctors & nurses.”
~ Rancocas Valley Regional High School junior Marissa Yee 😷💙
The South Dakota seal tartan
The Black Hills tartan
Curious and Unusual Tartans
It's Tartan Day 2020 ...
Wishing everyone health, courage, and fortitude.
Ceud mìle fàilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to the NESD Celtic Faire & Games! 2020 will bring Celtic culture to life when you visit our Celtic village at the Richmond Lake Youth Camp. Visit us nesdcelticfaire.com
Cozy Community Coffee House with a Vendor Mall featuring Retro, Repurposed, Antique and Unique items and a Community Center for Live music and other people gathering events.