Celebrate Scotland's long tradition of music and dance on the Celtic Heritage Stage


The dancing featured at the Celtic Heritage event is Scottish Country Dancing, the traditional ballroom dancing of Scotland. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), based in Edinburgh, was founded in 1923 to preserve this joyful social dance tradition, which has spread throughout the world. Our Games features the classes of the San Francisco branch of RSCDS, with representation from all over the Bay Area.

Scottish Country Dancing is performed with partners in sets of two or more couples doing an exciting variety of formations. The music is provided by a fiddle and piano, or by a whole band. Dance tempos vary from lively jigs, hornpipes and reels, to the elegant, slower strathspeys. The Games features 2-days worth of adjudicated dance sets on the high stage, and performance dancing on the low stage. Many of the performance dance groups will also offer the opportunity for audience participation dances - so be prepared to join in the fun!

Learn more about the San Francisco Branch of the RSCDS and check out all the different dancers on the Celtic Heritage Stages

Erin Ruth Thomson

Accomplished songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist Erin Ruth Thomson came to the Bay Area in late 2012 from Tuscon via Hawai'i. With encouragement from Jack Gilder at the Plough & Stars Irish Pub in San Francisco, and Shay Black at teh Starry Plough Irish Pub in Berkeley, Erin quickly fell in love with Celtic music, and has followed her heart, building an impressive repertoire.

Fiddlers Rally

Guided by Alasdair Fraser, the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers will entertain with contemporary tunes as well as those that have been passed down from the Highlands and Western Isles, the northeast of Scotland, and Shetland. Many tunes will also come from the great Scottish fiddling tradition that flourishes in Cape Breton Island off the northeast coast of Canada.

Learn more about the Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and Alasdair Fraser or watch a short video of their stirring performance from 2013 Games.

Fiddler's Rally at the Scottish Highland Games and Gathering in Pleasanton

Harpers Hall Celtic Harpists

Harpers Hall is based in the San Francisco South Bay Area and Central California Coast. Its purpose is to promote an appreciation of the folk harp, to cultivate its living musical tradition, and to preserve the fun and magic of the harp for members and for the general public. At the Games, Harpers Hall will feature solo and ensemble performances by professional and advanced players and harp playing by its dynamic 15-25 person "Harp Orchestra". Harpers Hall performances are magical occasions, combining beautiful harp music with lively dialogue on the folk harp and its rich history. Their performances commonly inspire audiences to take up the harp themselves

Learn more about the Harpers Hall Celtic Harpists or watch a short video of their flash mob performance from St. Patricks Day.
Offstage, Harpers Hall folk are always eager to demonstrate their instruments and to share information.

Kirsty Fitch

Kirsty Fitch has been a regular and welcome visitor to the Caledonian Club’s Games for many years. Kirsty will entertain you with a variety of songs, sung in Scottish Gaelic, in two main categories - rhythmic songs, such as waulking songs and puirt-’-beul (mouth music).

Just as entertaining as the singing, is Kirsty’s descriptions of the various songs, their meaning and purpose. Just sit back, listen and enjoy!

Plastic Paddy

Originating from the San Francisco Bay Area, Plastic Paddy is rooted in Celtic and Americana with a peppering of California rock and country influences. Their debut CD, "Lucky Enough" was released in Spring 2017. Drawing on the musical influences of the land in which they live, the debut musical release for Plastic Paddy has hints of California rock and country, and yet evokes the intimacy and convivial atmosphere of an Irish Pub

Musically, the Plastic Paddy come from a variety of musical backgrounds, and they all share a love of Cetlic music and its ability to evoke an emotional connection with their audiences. They count themselves lucky to have the opportunity to write songs and perform the music that they love; they might say that they are at least "Lucky Enough". To learn more about Plastic Paddy, visit their website