Brigadoons bring a Celtic sound

  • The Brigadoons will perform at the Concord City Auditorium on May 19 at 4 p.m. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 5/8/2019 5:14:17 PM

It’s been more than 200 years since Scottish loyalists first settled the area now known as Glengarry County, Ontario in Canada. But that Scottish Highlander culture still lives on, particularly in the music of the Brigadoons.

The five-member band will be bringing their peppy Celtic music to the Concord City Auditorium on May 19 at 4 p.m.

The Brigadoons play a mix of traditional favorites and original arrangements, like “Glengarry My Home,” “Martintown Song,” “Pipers of Glengarry.”

Over the years since Rob Taylor founded it in 1971, members have changed through retirement and death. Denis Carr is the longest-serving member and does vocals and percussion. He’s joined by Reg Portieous on vocals, guitar and Irish Bouzouki; Dan Leroux on bass guitar and vocals; Paddy Kelly on guitar, fiddle and vocals; and Ashley Macleod on fiddle.

Carr said that the music they play is very popular in Glengarry for weddings and parties. Though it seems like they are popular just about everywhere.

The Brigadoons are no strangers to New Hampshire. They’ve been playing music for more than 45 years including at the Glengarry Highland Games, the Capital District Scottish Games in New York, the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain and other festivals.

The band continued to grow in notoriety after performing Ontario by Ken MacRae for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Cornwall in 1984.

They performed at Disney’s EPCOT Center for 10 years and annually on Caribbean cruises for 19 years.

They’ve also shared the stages with stars such as the Alexander Brothers, Natalie MacMaster, The Barra MacNeils, the Rankin Family and the Battlefield Band, among others.

The Brigadoons are being brought to Concord by AMIT Productions. While the show is being held at the Concord City Auditorium, you can purchase tickets through the Capitol Center for the Arts at ccanh.com or by calling 225-1111. Tickets cost $28 and $38 based on where you choose to sit.




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