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‘The Brigadoons’ ‘Live @ Loon’ 2018 Music CD.

by Anura Guruge


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My friend, Canadian music maestro Paddy Kelly of the famed “The Brigadoons” — my all time favorite Celtic group — sent me this CD in the mail today.

Wow. I was so excited and grateful.

I have, alas, only heard the “The Brigadoons” @ Loon — albeit 50 to 60 times over a 20-year period.

So ‘@ Loon’ is what I associate with “The Brigadoons”. I have heard them play multiple times at the “Governor’s Lodge“. I might have even been in the audience when this was recorded. Wow.

I just listened to a bit of it. Brilliant. Authentic sound. You can definitely get in the groove.

You will enjoy this.

I will forever think of this as THEIR ‘White CD’. The Beatles had a white album, this is their white CD — as meaningful.

Thank YOU, Paddy. You remain THE MAN. The MAESTRO.


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

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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 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

Reg Portieous

Danny Leroux

Paddy Kelly






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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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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>> ‘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.


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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.


‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: “The Brigadoons” In All Their Glory.

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>> ‘The Brigadoons’, Loon, 2015.
>> Red Hot Chilli Pipers‘, Loon, 2015.
>> ‘Stuart Highlanders’, Loon, 2015.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10:30 am performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

The Brigadoons” it would appear are pathologically incapable of ever doing a sub-par performance (notwithstanding any or all indulgence in ‘tea bags’). As soon as Denis Carr, taps his foot, and hits a note, they are, as ever, off and running, happy to entertain and glad you are there. I worked out, over the weekend, that I have seen them at least 32 times, over a span of 17 years, and 15 ‘Games‘ at Loon. And as I recall I have loved every performance and can’t wait for the next. But sometimes when the stars are all perfectly aligned and Denis has had his tea some performances tend to be more foot-tapping and closer-to-the-heart than others. And that was the case with this Sunday morning gig. You would believe that they had done three performances the day before, including one in the evening. They knew it was a good one too. As Denis loves to say he likes to keep the group guessing as to what he is doing next. Spontaneity, as such, has become their stock-in-trade. That is grand. It is always fresh and as such lively.

I have to confess I took over 440 pictures of the ‘Doons’ on Sunday! The joys of digital cameras and the near inexhaustible space on a 64 GB memory card. So I am going to TRY and share some of these pictures with you in batches — thematically. OK?


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Danny Leroux

Reg Portieous

Ashley MacLeod

Paddy Kelly

Denis Carr


And an audience that adores them
(though one young fan has an obvious bias).





Thank YOU “The Brigadoons” for a real dandy set.

I plan to do at least 3 more photo sets.

TeaserDevanee (14), our soprano, sang with “The Brigadoons” during their 3:30pm set. And YES, I do have pictures and even a video. Did you think we would let that pass without documenting it? That is Devanee, next to Teischan (9) [in glasses], with the green, St. Patrick, hair.

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


‘The Brigadoons’ Appearance Schedule At The 2015 “NH Highland Games” At Loon, September 18 – 20.

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>> ‘The Brigadoons’: ready for 2015.
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‘The Brigadoons’: 2014 ‘Games’.
>> Video clips
of the ‘The Brigadoons’.

>> Red Hot Chilli Pipers‘, Loon, 2015.
>> ‘Stuart Highlanders’, Loon, 2015.

>> Highland Games 2014 Loon.
>> Highland Games 2014: Performers.

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The Brigadoons

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

11:00 am — Concert Tent

1:45 pm — Governor’s Lodge

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Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

12:30 pm — Governor’s Lodge

3:00 pm — Piper’s Pub

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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

10:30 am — Governor’s Lodge

12:30 pm — Piper’s Pub

3:30 pm — Governor’s Lodge


With that schedule you will definitely get a chance to see them — which is A MUST — on any of the 3 days. Most of the time they are pitted against Albannach. But given the multiple shows a day you can still see both groups.

The Brigadoons‘ will have their new CDs for sale. So bring some U.S. dollars to buy them. You have to OWN these CDs. They are quintessential ‘the Doons’.

Oh! Don’t forget to bring ‘tea bags‘ for Denis since he is always on the lookout for anything that looks like a tea bag. They will be much appreciated by Denis. I am not sure if any of the others drink tea. They do drink some amber colored liquid but I don’t think you can brew that from a tea bag, even the special variety that Denis sometimes picks up.

See you at the Games.


Here is a link to the now finalized 2015 Highland Games schedule.