Beòlach to headline music lineup at Glengarry Highland Games 2022

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MAXVILLE — With two weeks to go until the 2022 Glengarry Highland Games, organizers released information about this year’s entertainment lineup earlier this week.

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Performances are scheduled to begin at the Metcalfe Center from 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29, before moving to the indoor ground for the tattoo later in the day. Performances resume Saturday, July 30 in the afternoon at the Metcalfe Center, as well as at the Tent — with a break at 6 p.m. to allow everyone to enjoy the performance of the mass bands in the infield.

Headlining the tattoo on Friday, in addition to performing at the Metcalfe Center on Saturday, is Beòlach, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The quartet perform arrangements of traditional Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish tunes on fiddle, bagpipes, piano and guitar. Beòlach has earned nominations for the East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Juno, and won five Nova Scotia Music Awards for his three albums. Beòlach was chosen as one of three groups to represent Canada at the World Expo held in October in Dubai.

The list of performers at this year’s Glengarry Highland Games is long, with organizers saying in a statement that the event provides a two-day opportunity to hear favorite Celtic bands in one place – a “real Ceilidh”.

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The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers are set to launch the tattoo, which will also see a performance by the MacCulloch Dancers and Hadrian’s Wall.

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Hadrian’s Wall is set to close the Metcalfe Center on Friday night, where previous performers include Stewart’s Glen, the MacCulloch Dancers, Hughie McDonell, the Ceilidh Drovers, Glengarry Girls Choir and Stewart’s Glen. Bang on the Ear is scheduled to open and close the tent on Friday, which will be open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday performances at the Metcalfe Center are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with Bob & Friends, followed by The Brigadoons, Beòlach, the Two Paddys and Brandy & Port. Tented performances also begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, with Fridge Full of Vides, Bang on the Ear and Brandy & Port.

Full performance times are on the Glengarry Highland Games website at www.glengarryhighlandgames.comwhich is also where general admission and grandstand ticket information is available.

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Jennifer R. Strohm