Tag Archives: Brigadoons

John Carmichael: Happy Birthday To The Scottish Musical Marvel.

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Related posts:
>> John Carmichael, Loon 2015.

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Devanee with ‘The Brigadoons’.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, 2015 — Part I.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — Unplugged.

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Happy Birthday to John Carmichael
on the World’s biggest piano accordion.

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“The Brigadoons” Performing In Burlington, Vermont, St. Andrew’s Society, Nov. 7, 2015.

The new “The Brigadoons” Website I created. Click to access.

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‘The Brigadoons’ — Loon, September 2015
Picture Sets

..Click for ‘unplugged’       Click for ‘Sunday I’      Click for ‘Devanee’

               Click for ‘Sunday II’                 Click for ‘Next Generation’


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Paddy Kelly, Celtic Music Maestro — An Introduction To The Uninitiated.

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Related posts (click):
1/ Paddy Kelly at East Hawkesbury Church.
2/ Ottawa Hogmanay 2015 with Paddy Kelly

3/ Paddy Kelly — the Maestro

**** Search “The Brigadoons” for a TON of posts & pictures >>>>

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Paddy Kelly’s new Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

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Click here to download the EPK as a 2-page (very safe and clean) PDF.




Brandon McPhee: Award Winning Scottish Accordionist I Met On Facebook.

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Related posts:
>> Scottish, John Carmichael.
>>
Devanee with ‘The Brigadoons’.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, 2015 — Part I.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — Unplugged.

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Click image to watch quite an amazing, virtuoso musical performance.


Paddy Kelly with Devanee at Loon.

He is friends with accordion-playing Scottish legend John Carmichael and as such I am going to call him John Carmichael’s protégée, though I am not sure whether that is actually the case. But I am sure John, one of the nicest guys ever, and ever so proud (quite rightly) of all things Scottish, will mind.

Brandon is also friend with our ‘The Brigadoons‘ friend, music maestro, Paddy Kelly. So Brandon, given his talents, his moving in the right circles.


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Brandon McPhee Facebook page. Please check out and ‘Like’.


I Create A New Website For “The Brigadoons”.

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‘The Brigadoons’ — Loon, September 2015
Picture Sets

..Click for ‘unplugged’       Click for ‘Sunday I’      Click for ‘Devanee’

               Click for ‘Sunday II’                 Click for ‘Next Generation’


New “thebrigadoons.net” Website for “The Brigadoons”.

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That we are HUGE fans of “The Brigadoons” is no secret given all the posts I have done about them and the many, many pictures and videos I have shared.

They have/had a “thebrigadoons.com” Website but it was ‘temperamental’ and not very topical.

So yesterday I set out to create a new one and I did. Took me about 2.5 hours which included getting the domain name (through WordPress) and deciding on a theme. That is what takes me the longest. Must have spend 40 minutes messing around with themes. Once I decided on the theme, WordPress’ ‘Motif’, is was a piece of cake. I enjoy doing FUN Websites like this. 

Well, they must like it BECAUSE they have now put this Website, “thebrigadoons.net“, on their Facebook page. See below. I am humbled but pleased. Happy to help them. We are very fond of them. Check out the Website. It will bring a smile to your face. Enjoy.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.


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Paddy Kelly Singing At East Hawkesbury Church, Ashley MacLeod on Fiddle — The YouTube Video.

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Related posts (click):
1/ Ottawa Hogmanay 2015 with Paddy Kelly
2/ Paddy Kelly — the Maestro

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Paddy & Ashley, as many of you know, are also part of “The Brigadoons” — one of our all time favorite groups.

There are 4 videos of this “East Hawkesbury Church” performance on YouTube. This is video 2 and I am featuring it because it has Paddy singing, solo, and that is ALWAYS a treat. He has such a deep, resonant and undiscordant voice. I can listen to Paddy for hours (and sometimes do). Enjoy. This is a treat.

P.S., Paddy also sings on the 3rd video.

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Did you see the OTHER pictures from THIS set
— earlier today?

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‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: “The Brigadoons” — The Next Generation

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‘The Brigadoons’ — Loon, September 2015
Picture Sets

..Click for ‘unplugged’       Click for ‘Sunday I’      Click for ‘Devanee’

Click for ‘Sunday II’


Sunday, September 20, 2015,
3:30 pm performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

This was towards the end of the Sunday afternoon set — after Devanee’s stint.

While I have no compunction about parading my kids through the Web, I typically DO NOT divulge data about other kids, who I happen to photograph, unless I have explicit permission from their parents. But, I am sure many of you will work out who these two adorable — amazingly photogenic — belong to. To me they are THE NEXT GENERATION.

This was great. Now I know that there is a viable succession plan for my ALL TIME favorite Group. Given that 60% of the members are much younger than I, I am relying on this incarnation of ‘The Brigadoons‘ to regale me, yearly, at Loon, for at least another 15 years. And then … THE NEXT GENERATION.

Enjoy. Cherish. Savor.
This is PRECIOUS.


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‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: “The Brigadoons” — Sunday Afternoon Set.

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‘The Brigadoons’ — Loon, September 2015
Picture Sets

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Sunday, September 20, 2015,
3:30 pm performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

This was “The Brigadoons” third performance that Sunday; their last at the 2015 ‘Games’ and their second that day at the Governor’s Lodge. We had started that day by going to their first performance at the Lodge and was wrapping up the day by going to this one — per my avowed belief that you can never get enough of listening to “The Brigadoons”. The morning gig was brilliant and this was as good. As is their wont it was different — this one more mellow and reflective, in keeping with the mood of the crowd. It had been a truly gorgeous day at Loon and everybody was sated and nicely chilled out. It was a good crowd and the pub above the stage was packed with an appreciative, and often vocal, crowd — and you can hear them on the video on this post.

John “Mr. Scotland” Carmichael, nearly unrecognizable in trousers, joined in, impromptu, for a song, from the back, and that was special. They should collaborate, on stage, more often. That was grand. And I will admit that this gig was very special to us. “The Brigadoons”, very kindly, let Devanee (14), do a song with them! This was a first for her and we will always remember this gig. Thank you, again, “The Brigadoons”.

I took a lot of pictures this time around too. In total I think I ended up with over 400 pictures of the “The Brigadoons” that Sunday. So I am going to share some with you.

I have ONE more extremely special set of pictures left. That was of “The Brigadoons — The Next Generation“. I will post those soon.

So for now, sit back, relax and enjoy these pictures.


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Ashley MacLeod

Denis Carr

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Thank YOU “The Brigadoons”.

So that is 4 sets of pictures I have posted of “The Doons” from Loon. People might start getting the impression that I kind of like “The Doons”.

P.S., Danny told me that I would not be able to capture 5 pictures of him smiling. I think I have. SMILE

All the pictures taken with my new — and now sadly returned — Sony a77 Mk II. These pictures were among the 989 that disappeared from the card (fortunately, 3 days AFTER I had downloaded the images. That was what was scary and rattled me no end. I could have so easily lost these pictures. That is why I am getting a non-Sony camera.


John Carmichael: ‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015 — Closeup.

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Related posts:
>>
Devanee with ‘The Brigadoons’.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, 2015 — Part I.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — Unplugged.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 11:45 am performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

John Carmichael, from Giffnock, Glasgow (Scotland), by any measure is indeed the ‘Real McCoy’. He is the epitome of a Scot — a traditional one at that. His authentic Scottish tunes and songs, not to mention his delightful stories, transports you back, magically, to the Banks of Lock Lomond in Scotland. With John you can feel the mist rising from the Loch. It is John Carmichael and ‘The Brigadoons‘ that make sure that the NH Scottish Highland Games lives up to its name.

I have always relished listening to and watching John. He has so much talent and personality. A really, really nice guy too (but, in my experience, that is true with most people from Glasgow). Such a delight and what an entertainer. Devanee and I sat and savored his entire set on Sunday morning and we are so glad we did so. He is magic.

I am so glad that I managed to get these pictures so that YOU can get a feel of this exceptional gentleman. Enjoy.


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Thank YOU John Carmichael.
You delighted us.

All the still pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II
and displayed here UNTOUCHED just as they came out as JPEGs.


Devanee Singing With “The Brigadoons” — ‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, 2015 — Part I.
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — Unplugged
>> ‘The Brigadoons’, Loon, 2015.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:30 pm performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

This was not my doing though I was chuffed to bits. Denis Carr (in the black shirt) and Paddy Kelly (in the blue shirt) made this happen and we thank them (again) along with Ashley MacLeod, Danny Leroux (playing bass at the end in a black shirt) and Reg Portieous (in green) who were also extremely supportive. Thank YOU “The Brigadoons“.

Though she has been singing chorale for ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ for four years and Broadway chorus for the ‘Greatwaters Festive Chorus’ for two, this was Devanee’s (15 next month) first time in front of a mike and ‘up front’. Paddy and Denis, of course, helped her quite a bit — and you can see pictures below of Paddy patiently taking her through her ‘steps’ prior to the concert. In reality they started coaxing and coaching her on Friday night. Yes, we met with them socially, for the first time, that night. That is when the conversation turned to her doing a song with them.

That she sang with them is wholly appropriate. She has known “The Brigadoons” since September 2003, when she was two. That was her first ‘Games’ and she sat with me, in the front row of the ‘Performance Tent’, in her diapers — and she danced. After the show I took her over and introduced her to Jackie Smith. We might have seen ‘The Doons’ multiple times that weekend. In those days, prior to school, we used to go for the whole 3 days. So she has seen them for 11 years — we having missed two games in that time. She knows that “The Brigadoons” are my favorite, by far, performance at the Games and is willing to follow suit — just as she has done with my preference for British sports cars. She knows which way her bread should be buttered.

Over the last few years I have got to know Denis and Paddy outside of the Games. That has been an honor and privilege. That is how Friday evening came to be and Devanee singing with them followed, though that was never ‘on the agenda’ to begin with. We are all so glad and thankful. It was Paddy and Denis who worked out that the ‘River is wide’ would be a good song for her to join in. She listened to it on YouTube on Saturday. So that is the story. “The Brigadoons” will now be even more special to her and that makes me happy.

P.S. As you will hear on the YouTube video Devanee got a lot of support from the crowd in the pub that overlooks the stage at the Governor’s Lodge. That was cool.


Click to watch 4:13 minute YouTube video
of the entire performance (shot by Mum on her Olympus).

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I took 989 pictures on Sunday at the ‘Games’ and I think this is my favorite. Love the expression on Denis’ face. Such a nice person. Salt of the Earth. We are so lucky.

Personal coaching, a few minutes ahead of concert start, by maestro (and good friend) Paddy Kelly.

A sister, Teischan (9), incredulous!


A photomontage of Devanee getting ready to sing (with Paddy Kelly’s help) and her actual performance.
51 photos made into a video and set to an instrumental of the ‘River is wide’.

You should definitely watch.

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Thank YOU AGAIN “The Brigadoons”.
We will remember this forever.

 

All the still pictures taken with my new Sony a77 Mk II.