A Piping Hot Array of Live Celtic Music at the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival



A Piping Hot Array of Live Celtic Music Ahead at the 53rd Annual Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

July 2022. Monterey, CA. Don’t miss the 53rd Annual Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival on July 16 and 17, 2022, hosted by the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Association, at the beautiful Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA from 9 am - 6 pm.

The live Celtic music this year will be extraordinary!  Seven different Celtic band performances can be enjoyed at two stages at the beautiful festival grounds.  The event will feature many internationally renowned talented musicians who perform Celtic rock, Scottish traditional tunes, Irish pub favorites and much more. From toe-tapping familiar tunes to haunting harmonies to fusion rock influences and beyond, the music will be engaging, fun and interesting for all ages!

With 12 pipe bands, more pipe bands on hand than ever before at this event, solo and live bagpipe band competitions will be held each day of the festival. The popular Roderick Mackay Drum Major Competition will also return to the games. The massed pipe bands at the conclusion of the event each day will simply be thrilling!

Back by popular demand is the acclaimed Classic Drum Major Contest featuring world-class Drum Majors. The Drum Majors parade the pipe band while showing off their skills for the honor of Top Drum Major of the Monterey Games. This competition is sure to be enjoyable for all who attend!

In addition, during the Saturday Night Ceilidh at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa, there will be more musical performances and a very special kitchen piping competition, featuring a freestyle piping competition.

About the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

Fun for all ages, this is THE premier food, music, and Celtic festival on the west coast, including world champion judges and enjoy twelve competing pipe bands, thrilling Scottish athletics, drum major competitions, a new beer garden and a VIP lounge, whisky tasting seminars, Highland dancing, sheep dog agility demonstrations, seven Celtic band performances, traditional and local food vendors, great Celtic crafts, clans and living history reenactors, a blacksmith, and lots of fun kids games including a new miniature golf course.

All Festival tickets are now available on montereycelticfest.com.

Saturday Night Ceilidh

The Festival’s legendary ceilidh is back on Saturday from 6:00 - 9:30pm at the Hyatt Resort Ballroom. Enjoy dinner, drinks, live entertainment by Seven Nations, The Gothard Sisters, Peter Daldry, pipe band performances, highland dancing, drum fanfare, raffle and a huge dance floor. Tickets are available at http://www.montereycelticfest.com/ceilidh.

New this year is a kitchen piping contest. Next door to the ceilidh from 7:30 - 9:00pm at the Hyatt, ten top bagpipers from across Europe and North America will compete in a freestyle bagpiping contest judged on proficiency, creativity, and originality with the world’s highest prize. This is a must see, one-of-a-kind contest for anyone attending the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival. Learn more here: https://www.montereycelticfest.com/kitchen-piping. Seats are limited so buy your tickets early.

All Ceilidh tickets are now available on montereycelticfest.com.

About Celtic Music:

Celtic music is a term used to describe the musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall (in England), Brittany (in France), and Galicia (in Spain). Celtic music has been traced back to the 1600's and is still a hugely popular musical genre today. It has influenced other types of music as well including American country, blues and rock and roll.

Performer Line-Up:

The Gothard Sisters

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic folk music. Through over 10 years of performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a loyal international following.

The Ploughboys

For the better part of two decades, the Ploughboys have regaled the Los Angeles Celtic community with modern and traditional music from the British Isles, with dash of bluegrass, country, and American folk thrown in.

Xavier Boderiou

A bagpiper of great accomplishment from Brittany, France, he’s won solo competitions on the Scottish circuit. He’s been a member of three Grade 1 bagpipe bands: Simon Fraser University of Vancouver, Scotland’s Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia, and the more local Bagad Cap Caval.

Additionally, he has his own bagpipe and bagpipes supplies business at Boderiou.com and as two highly acclaimed albums, Liamm and Morenn.


Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs.

The Bard and the Bird

Chris Baldwin is currently living in Monterey, California but is a native of Peachtree City, Georgia with 25 years’ experience performing around the United States and Asia. Playing Irish, American folk, 90’s, 80’s, and country songs, his wide range and singalongs offer an entertaining atmosphere. He has played over 400 live shows, getting his start in Atlanta, Georgia, then playing everywhere from Texas, Maryland, and South Dakota, to California, Hawaii, and South Korea.

Ross Miller

Hailing from Linlithgow, Scotland, Ross is a world-class bagpiper having studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with performances on the BBC and at the world pipe band championships as a member of the world champion Inveraray & District Pipe Band.

Peter Daldry

Peter Daldry, brings Scottish music to life with acoustic songs and traditional tunes refreshingly mixed with contemporary arrangements and original compositions. Daldry weaves wit and charm and lyrical guitar accompaniment to the songs and stories of his native land of Scotland. With over two decades experience of performing in concert halls and Scottish and Irish events on the West coast of the United States and Canada and playing folk clubs and festivals in Scotland, Daldry is as authentic as it gets.

Seven Nations

Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.

“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod.

The music and pipe band competition schedule will soon be available on the website, montereycelticfest.com. Advance discount tickets are now available. For more information - visit montereycelticfest.com, email montereycelticfest@gmail.com, or call 831-298-0009


About the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival:

On a mission to become the premier food, music, and celtic festival on the west coast, this year includes exciting new additions -


     Twice as many performers across two stages

     12 pipe bands

     Three world champion judges

     Six traditional and local food vendors

     New beer garden with traditional and local craft favorites

     New VIP Lounge for sponsors and VIP ticket holders

     Two whisky tastings per day

     Twice as many sheep and agility dog trials

     New host hotel at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort and Spa

     New kitchen piping contest with over 10 competitors

     New Saturday night ceilidh at the host hotel ballroom

Ticket details, live music line up, and more are available on montereycelticfest.com. A detailed daily schedule will be available online soon.

Festival sponsors are still being sought and more details and benefits are available at montereycelticfest.com/sponsors.

Tickets are now available at montereycelticfest.com/tickets - children 12 and under are free.





Adult - One Day


Adult - Two Day


Teen (ages 13-18) - One Day

(12 and under free)


Teen (ages 13-18) - Two Day

(12 and under free)


Senior (65+) - One Day


Senior (65+) - Two Day


Military - One Day


Military - Two Day



About the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

For over 53 years, the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Association has supported our mission of bringing our community together to experience the rich and multi-faceted Celtic culture, values, and history. The Association is a group of community leaders strengthening the social fabric of our community through educational events, philanthropic activities, and the growth of the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival.

This popular Celtic celebration for all ages brings music, dance, food, and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with exciting massed pipe bands.

Featuring talented Highland dancers, internationally known Celtic entertainers, athletes, clans, kids’ games, whisky tasting, delicious food, beer garden, great crafts, sheepdog herding, and much more. In addition to traditional pipes and drums, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletic competitions, the festival is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances, and musical entertainment related to many aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture. Dozens of kilted athletes, bagpipers, and dancers will be back in Monterey entertaining Festival-goers who will enjoy experiencing and learning more about the rich Celtic culture. 

The festival also presents fascinating historical re-enactments portraying life in 16th century Scotland. Performers will entertain and educate attendees through the medium of living history. On site again with outstanding demonstrations, lavish costumes, and displays will be the St. Andrews Society featuring Mary Queen of Scots and her court, and Clan Galbraith.

 For more information:  montereycelticfest.com, email montereycelticfest@gmail.com, or call 831-298-0009.