Monday, 28 May 2012

Scots-Irish Music Festival

Mark your calendars, the 6th  annual Scots-Irish Musical Festival returns to scenic Dandridge, Tennessee, on 29 September, 2012.   Events planned include; Bagpipe and drum competitions, Irish step dance and Highland dance demonstrations, Highland Games, and more.  

Come to the only Scots-Irish Music Festival in the United States on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Historic Downtown Dandridge, Tennessee. The music festival honors the Town’s earliest settlers dating back to 1783. Families will enjoy this old-time Main Street Music Festival on the shores of Loch (Lake) Douglas in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The concert and all events are provided free of charge, courtesy of generous sponsors and patrons. The Town of Dandridge was named one of 2011’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The events start at 8:30 a.m. with Piping and Snare Drum competitions. At 10:00 a.m. the Street Festival opens with vendors selling Scottish and Irish merchandise and a variety of food.  There is a Children’s Play Area, a fun dog show, and many Clans with booths explaining their origins and history. Starting at 12:00 noon there will be a pipe band parade and the start of continuous stage entertainment.

At 6:30 p.m. the evening Ceilidh (Concert) will feature Scottish, Irish and Appalachian Celtic performers featuring the internationally acclaimed Celtic band Highland Reign, the Knoxville Pipes and Drums, The Nashville Pipes and Drums, Irish fiddle group The Celtic Martins, popular North Carolina duo Thistledown Tinkers, Highland Dancer Claire Macmillan, and Irish Step Dancer Katie Carver. The evening ends with the Lone Piper playing bagpipes at the top of the Town dike. “The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival is known nationally for its high quality entertainment, vendors, and quaint downtown atmosphere,” said Tina Murrow, Director of Main Street Dandridge. “East Tennessee residents look forward to attending this Festival each year because it offers a free, fun and unique learning experience for the entire family. “ Festival Entertainment Chairman Mark Murray says:”We are proud to present an entertainment lineup that truly offers something for everyone - from dancing and piping to nationally known performers of both modern and traditional Celtic music.”

Please visit the Festival website at  for complete details on entertainer bios and schedules, dance and piping entry forms, parking, contact and vendor information, and sponsor packages.

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