HUNTERSVILLE – The musical lineup for the 21st Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games on April 12-13 will offer traditional Celtic sounds and some Southern swagger.

Performances will be held throughout the weekend including the Saturday Night Concert at 6:30 p.m. There will also be massed pipe band performances Saturday and Sunday as well as individual pipers and drummers in sanctioned competition. 

The band lineup consists of Seven Nations, Saor Patrol, Ed Miller, Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse, John Taylor and Thistledown Tinkers. Brief descriptions of bands are as follows:

• Orlando, Fla.-based Seven Nations has earned a reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence. Its passionate and rollicking style veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock.

• Originally from Edinburgh, folk singer Ed Miller is based in Austin where he gained graduate degrees in folklore and geography at the University of Texas.

• Jil Chambless, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 20 years. She sings and plays the flute and whistle.

• From Central Scotland and Fife, Saor Patrol blends sounds of the past and present. The band is known for its vibrant pipe tunes and drum rhythms.

• Scooter Muse has won banjo competitions throughout the Southeast, including the Tennessee Valley Championships eight times. He founded the Full Moon Ensemble and played guitar for Henri’s Notions, the longest running Celtic band in the South.

• John Taylor is a fiddler and composer from Buckie in Scotland. Taylor won the Niel Gow award for Scottish fiddling. He’s known in Scottish country dance circles.

• The Thistledown Tinkers weave traditional Scottish and Irish music with original creations that make crowds sing along and stomp their feet. Trip Rogers and Tom Eure play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer and concertina.


Want to go? The Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games takes place April 12-13 at 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. Details: or