Music - Highland Stage
EJ Jones & Friends
EJ Jones began his musical journey at the age of 11 when he began studying the traditional music of the Great Highland Bagpipe. At age 13 he had his first experience performing alone, busking on a street at a festival. Since then he has walked the two sides of the instrument: first in the lifetime study and performance of traditional music in competition, and second in the exposure to the public the power and wildness of the bagpipe as an instrument of the festival. In 2013 he refocused on performing full-time and created the group Piper Jones Band, which has had recent successes in headlining festivals across the US. EJ is embarking on an ongoing recording effort beginning with the 2015 release The Wandering Stars with bouzouki player Frances Cunningham and many friends.
Scottish songs & tunes, as well as a few favorites from other celtic lands. Traditional songs and instruments meet high tech electronics – electric meets acoustic -- TechnoTrad. Flute, whistle, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, guitar. Full blown harmonies, breakneck jigs & reels, and songs about battles, murders, drinking, womanizing, cattle reiving, swordfighting, and then drinking agin. And the NEXT song is about....
Music - Highland Stage
Men of Worth
Men of Worth’s tunes and songs are so authentic, so closely connected to their heritage, that
Scotsman Donnie Macdonald sings some in his native Gaelic; while Irishman James Keigher
includes time-polished pieces saved from the oral traditions of his native County Mayo.
"Our music has its history in the crofting life of my Hebridean homeland and James’ western
Ireland. It was a part of the fabric of everyday life and it came to America with the immigrants a
century ago", explained Macdonald. "Now, we’re playing it again, to audiences for whom it
could only be a generational memory".
"For us, the irony is we were brought up in Scotland and Ireland, and as boys we listened most
eagerly to the music of America, and not especially to the music of own areas. On our radios,
we heard Hank Williams Sr. and Jim Reeves. We wanted to see the Arkansas River, not Loch
Lomond, and Reeves’ hometown of Carthage, in east Texas, had more romance for me than did
the Isle of Lewis”. "Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash influenced me
greatly”, admitted Keigher, who as a teen was already performing his own songs in the Irish
pubs where he learned his wit and humor. "But now I have returned to my own musical
"The Tinkers; from yodeling to rhythmic drumbeats, from soft, sweet harmonies to rootsy, wicked, belt-it-out swamp sounds, Lucky Mud makes 'Mud Music.' Their latest CD release is PRIDE, and their original music has taken them from yearly tours of Ireland and the British Isles to Nova Scotia, shows in Texas and the main stages of both the Florida Folk and the Will McLean Festivals. "Lucky Mud is from the deeper side of Folk Music. The couple have a soulful connection that is palpable, and their ballads are a much needed departure from the cookie cutter, sample-driven fodder currently filling the airwaves. A splendid way to battle the daily grind. " EARBUZZ "Lucky Mud's new CD is a showcase of original contemporary folk music - but it's the duo's milk-and-honey harmonies that wrap their sound up into one neat package" -Rice B. RadioIndy One of Maggie's original songs, Banshee, is now the title cut on a new Independent Film out of Oregon, making the rounds of film festivals.