Each year, the Radford Highlanders Festival brings in several musical acts for your listening pleasure!
While CrossBow can be heard at music festivals and Irish pubs across the Midwest, much of the thrill in experiencing a CrossBow performance actually transcends the music itself. This excitement stems from the contagious joy and camaraderie shared between the players, and communicated directly with their audience. Apparent from the moment they hit the stage – these high-energy musicians naturally feed off of one another, creating a dynamic, wholly unique performance that shouldn’t be missed. By incorporating pop and classic folk tunes into their set list, today CrossBow delivers a distinct, eclectic vibe that still remains true to their Celtic roots, appealing to audiences of all ages.
11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Dubbed by The Washington Post as "DC's most energetic and eclectic band" Scythian (sith-ee-yin) belts out a high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music with one goal in mind; to get people on their feet and dancing. These classically trained musicians are natural showmen who seamlessly blend kicked- up Celtic, folk and world music, and deliver it with a punk -rock sensibility. Combine this with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. In a single song, they transport an audience across the globe with the alluring and dramatic strains of gypsy fiddles, the bounce of a Celtic reel, and then cross back over the border to pick up a klezmer hook and some good old- fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythian are alchemists in their use of crowd participation. As The Washington Post states, their results are always the same: "...the band's enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”
12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.
Brian Coughlan was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. He is an Irish folk singer and guitarist who has performed professionally in venues throughout the U.S. and Ireland for the past four decades.
9:30 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.
Radford University Highlanders Pipes and Drums
Radford University Highlanders Pipes and Drums, a traditional bagpipe and drum corps, is led by Dr. Tim Channell, chair of the Music Department. The band was reestablished in 2013-14 and proudly wear the University’s MacFarlane tartan.
Under the leadership of Professor of Theatre Wesley Young, the Fall 2019 Porterfield Ensemble’s touring project includes a collection of stories showing empowered girls and women. They will be performing “We Are From Her: Fierce Girls, Wise Women, and Strong Sisters” at the 2019 Radford Highlanders Festival.
PanJammers Steel Drum Orchestra
PanJammers is an award-winning steel drum orchestra based in Blacksburg, Virginia. The group is comprised of a variety of players, ranging from teens to adults. The group initially started as a workshop and grew into two steel drum orchestras. After a restructuring in 2011, the groups merged into one. The group performs a variety of musical styles, including pop and traditional pan music.
Mist on the Mountain
Mist on the Mountain is an Irish traditional music group based in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. From lively jigs and reels to heartbreaking laments and rollicking ballads, Mist on the Mountain provides great Irish music for any occasion. Members include: Danny Flad - vocals, fiddle, guitar, piano and mandola; Jim Hamon - whistles, flute, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin; and Jeff Willner – bodhran and guitar.
The Boatmen formed when songwriter Terry Wetmore looked for an outlet for the Celtic tunes he had been composing. Plugging into the vibrant scene offered by the Roanoke traditional Irish Music Session, he tapped long-time local stalwarts Tim Sauls on guitar, banjo and bouzouki and Burt Mitchell on flutes, whistles and percussion to join him on bodhran, guitar and vocals. Together, they create a mix of traditional jigs and reels and folky pub songs you’d swear you’ve heard all your life.