Since the first Games were held in 1948, the people of Glengarry have extended close to a million welcomes to visitors who come to see what is estimated to be one of the largest Highland Games in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have found themselves drawn once a year to Maxville, to witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition.
In the course of the day, more than 60 pipe bands are put through their paces to decide the North American Pipe Band Championships™, more than 200 dancers defy gravity in the Highland Dance competition and giants hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield. It is a memorable and incredible event.
2013 GAMES HEADLINERS- THE ELDERS FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful blend of American roots rock and amped-up Celtic folk; a cross-pollination of elements that is high-octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition.
It didn’t take long to establish themselves as one of the top American Celtic-rock bands, headlining the biggest Celtic festivals in North America & Europe. Employing a variety of instruments including guitars, drums, banjo, accordion, mandolin, piano & fiddle, these six gentlemen collectively create music that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music
Their songs are mystical, comical, political and cultural, while covering a wide variety of topics such as poverty, civil war, family bonds, spirituality, love and friendship – They tell us stories of people, places and events - some recent, some distant, some real and some imagined.
Radio embraced several tracks from their previous album, “Gael Day,” released in 2009, and their latest album “Wandering Life & Times,” released in 2011, resulting in top 25 positions on the national Americana Radio chart.
The band is also familiar to many television viewers, thanks to the more than 130 PBS stations across the nation that aired their "Live at the Gem Theater" Concert Special.
To date, The Elders have produced 6 full-length studio CDs and 3 live CD/DVDs
The most recent project is "The Elders Hoolie" DVD recorded live at the historic Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO on St. Patrick’s Day 2012.
The Elders will be the 2013 Games Tattoo and Concert headliners on Friday, August 2, 2013. They will also be performing in the Tents on Saturday afternoon.
“Simply put, one of the finest performances I have EVER seen, any genre, any venue!” Timothy Ace Holleran - Fairfield County Irish Fest (CT)
Ian Byrne – vocals, percussion, whistle, flute
Norm Dahlor – bass, guitar, banjo, vocals
Brent Hoad – fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Joe Miquelon – accordion, keyboards
Steve Phillips – guitars, mandolin, vocals
Kian Byrne – drums, bass