Joust Evolution – the perfect fusion of showmanship and the physical brutality of a full contact combat. Lances will shatter and sword will ring upon shield. Apperaing for the very first time anywhere His Majesty King Robert the Bruce! Come cheer on our bonnie monarch!
The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. The SCA “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.
The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu or didge) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians at least 1,500 years ago and is still in widespread usage today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”. The Didgeman and Scarlett gets our vote for the coolest new act of 2010! Entertaining, educational and interactive is the best way we can describe it – but judge for yourself, this is one show you will not want to miss. Audience participation is key, don’t be surprised if the Didgeman has a tribe of musical perfomers on stage by the end of the show!
Featuring a wide array of authentic didgeridoos, tribal drums and the stunning stage performance of Scarlett! Appearing twice daily, don’t forget tips are appreciated if you like what you see and hear!
Go Leor means literally: plenty, aplenty, and in abundance! When it comes to these talented ladies it may be an understatement! Talented musicians Devery Corteville and Emily Schlenker head up the band that explores the languages of Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany; educating and entertaining the audience.
Devery was a founding member of the local Wichita Celtic band Claddagh Ring, and with it to the end. Considering herself mostly a singer, she dabbles at guitar, bodhran, tin whistle, flute, accordion…and has a couple of other instruments that may pop up eventually.
Emily is a fairly new convert to Celtic music, but well-versed in folk music in general, plus has an affinity for languages. After singing, Emily is concentrating mostly on bodhran, but is also picking up some whistle and accordion (and also has a couple of other instruments she’d like to add).
The new band has fewer voices and instruments (at this point) than Claddagh Ring did, but follows the same outlook, doing some of the old Claddagh Ring songs as well as exploring as many of the zillions of songs out there that we keep getting excited about! Mostly a cappella at the moment, Devery and Emily create variety through interesting arrangements and harmonies, and singing more songs in the Celtic languages (with plans to make several of these audience-participation songs, like Claddagh Ring did with La Ziguezon).
KNOCKNASHEEGA is the result of a chance meeting of several musicians at a contra dance event held at a music camp known as Camp da Capo in Wichita, KS in September of 2007. This type of folk dance has its roots in French, Irish and Scottish country dancing and requires live music to be the most fun. It was during this event that I realized, “Hey, we could form a band.” The current band roster was solidified over the next several months. The goal of Knocknasheega is to produce the hard Celtic music sound that comes from layering the fiddle, accordion, whistle, flute and bodhran, as well as guitar, djembe, spoons, etc. In this fashion most of the lead instruments play in unison rather than in harmony. There is nothing more fun than an upbeat jig, reel, march or hornpipe. Folks light up like a 100-watt bulb when they hear this kind of music!
Lead by fiddler Shawn Craver, Raging Sea showcases ancient songs, heart pounding jigs, reels, and intoxicating live shows. Shawn and the band’s members have performed on the Discovery Channel, NPR, festivals, and the fresh approach to traditional subject matter that is attracting young and old alike to the European “traditional” movement. It’s a rocking ride that reveres the sounds of Scotland, Ireland and the Celtic roots of the Allegheny Mountains.
Mysfit Toyz Dance Troupe
Victorian stylings with creative dancing, Amira Dance Production’s Mysfit Toyz will be attending the Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival for the very first time!
Our own Lord of the Dance, Andy Aiken will be conducting demonstartions of Highland Dance – an art form that is as beautiful to behold as it is physically demanding of the performers!
Correy Dance Academy
Corry Academy of Irish Dance instructor Noreen was born in Glasgow, and started dancing at the Age of 3 with Frances Teece. Noreen and her family moved to England and spent the rest of her dancing career with the Grainger School of irish dancing in Manchester.
Noreen and her family travelled al over Ireland and Great Britain dancing in all of the major competitions. Noreen qualified every year for the World Irish Championships and the last time was placed in the top 10 of her age goup.
In 1997 Noreen and her husband Ian brought their young family to live in Kansas.
Noreen was homesick and was looking for a connection to home and started the academy in 2001.
Noreen is studying under Cumann Rince Naisiunta to take her teaching exam. This is only our second year with CRN and we are learning all the time.
In May this year Noreen took 7 of her dancers to Dublin for the Irish Open and 3 of them came home with awards.
Clan Welcoming Ceremony: Friday May 13th, 7:30-8:30 pm
Clan Parade Daily at 3:00 pm
Don’t forget all the other great entertainment! Two days worth of world-class professional and amateur athletes competing, the dog contests, the photo contest, bag pipes, and more!