John Miles

John Miles

Honorary Drum Major Mitchell

Honorary Drum Major Mitchell

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2018 Living History Performers

2019 schedule available soon

Celtic history comes to life with Chautauqua style presentations, encampments and family histories in the Glen of Clans


  • Celtic Instrumentation with featured musical performers IONA

  • Celtic Influences in Appalachia from featured musical performer Bob Shank

  • Irish and Northumbrian Pipes and Bouzouki by Greg Latta

  • Mary, Queen of Scots Character impersonation by Ellen McDaniel-Weissler

  • John Miles presents: "Scots-Irish Immigration to America," "Captain Kidd, Scottish Sailor and Pirate," and "The Viking Colonization of the British Isles"

  • "Irish Immigrants and the B&O Railroad in Maryland" by Cecilia Wright, Irish Railroad Workers Museum

  • Celtic Spirituality by Judith Clister, author of Connections: Exploring our Connections with Nature and Life

  • History of Friendsville and the Welsh in the Region by Friendsville folk historian Ina Hicks

  • Tar liom! Learn Gaelic with Ellen Wilds, historical researcher, author and singer

  • Day in the Life of a Drum Major with Curt Mitchell, Honorary Drum Major of this festival and DM, Pipes and Drums of St. Andrews, Parkersburg, WV

  • Fashioning an Official Clan Tartan: From Fiber to Fashion by Kathy Wells, Clan Hay, and weaver

  • Tea and the Celtic Connection, Judy Larkin, Larkin Tea Company





  • THE APPIN REGIMENT Appin Regiment/Appin Historical Society is a northern Virginia based living history group portraying the Appin Stewarts in the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart of Scotland in 1745-46.


  • Clan Hay - Honored Clan of 2018
    The society was founded in 1951 to bring together all those with an interest in the Scottish family of Hay. The Hays are one of the major clans of Scotland, whose Chiefs, the Earls of Erroll, have been hereditary Lords High Constable of Scotland since Sir Gilbert Hay of Erroll was rewarded with that office after the Battle of Bannockburn by King Robert the Bruce. 

  • Clan Bell

  • Clan Donald Mid-East Region

  • Clan Elliott

  • Clan Ferguson Society of North America

  • Clan Henderson

  • Clan MacDougal

  • Clan MacRae

  • Clan Scott Society USA

  • Clan Wallace

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians

  • St. Andrew's Society of Mid-Maryland

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

Pittsburgh Tartan

Pittsburgh Tartan


Support for the expanded history presentations for the 2018 festival provided by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area