Music for 2016!

Reno Celtic Celebration is pleased to announce our headline group for this year:


Whiskey and Stitches!

They’ve not been to Northern Nevada before, and we sure are excited to have them here. From their bio, (Sacramento News and Review) -” The musicians in Whiskey and Stitches bash out the type of rock ‘n’ roll that’s at once clearly defined by its influences, yet also completely divorced from any rules. With an Irish-American pub sound that owes as much to Bill Monroe and the Ramones as it does the Pogues, Whiskey and Stitches’ music is angry and jubilant… come prepared to stomp around and maybe shed a tear, too.” – Rachel Leibrock

Also on the bill this year is One Eyed Reilly:


One Eyed Reilly is a Celtic/Americana rock band from Sacramento, CA that blends well-crafted original songs with modern Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of traditional Irish classics. One Eyed Reilly’s original songs honor the lineage of Irish folk to Americana to alt-country rock, drawing upon wide-ranging musical influences from traditional Irish (The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, etc.) to Celtic punk (Flogging Molly, The Dreadnoughts, Dropkick Murphys, etc.) to a varied spectrum of artists ranging from Van Morrison and Steve Earle to Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. They infuse their live performances with choice covers ranging from Bob Dylan to John Prine to Tom Waits to Wilco or Old Crow Medicine Show. Ultimately, this genre-bending free-for-all sets the perfect foundation for a beer-and-whiskey drenched good time.

We also welcome back local favorites Ciana and 317. More info and a schedule coming soon! Can’t believe we are only six weeks away!

Aaaaaand, GO!

Upcoming 35th Annual Nevada Society of Scottish Clans Robert Burns Dinner, January 23rd

Image by Derek Beattie, Found online here:

Image by Derek Beattie, Found online here:

Tickets can be purchased on their website at:

The dinner and program featuring traditional Robert Burns ceremonies, toasts to the lads and lasses, presentation of the haggis, a Burns recitation, a toast to Burns by Whisky Master Dr. Tom Turner, and presentation of the 2016 “Scot of the Year” Special Featured Entertainment Includes The Fire (Piper David Brewer & Scottish Fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky) Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

Seats are Limited No refunds after January 9, 2016 Reservation Deadline: January 16, 2016 All tickets will be picked up at the door. Tables seat 8-10 people. Group reservations for a table of 8 or 10 must be received in one envelope with full payment, all meal requests noted and the name of the individual the reservation is made under. Email with questions or leave a message at 775-345-3435.

The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to our Robert Burns Celebration on January 23, 2016. In addition, the Grand Sierra is offering an identical rate for Friday, January 22, and a reduced rate for Sunday January 24, for those of you who might like to make a weekend of it – Skiing at nearby Mt Rose, gambling in the casino, take in a show, or just relax before or after Robert Burns Celebration. Follow the instructions below to reserve your room(s).

Room Rate – Single and Double – $79.00 (Sun $55.00) plus 13% tax, $15 Resort Fee & $2 Tourism Fee – upgrade to a mini suite in the Summit Tower for $99.00 (Sun $75.00). Additional Adult charge is $25, maximum of 4 guests per room. Check-in time is 3:00pm; Check-out time is 11:00am.

Reservation procedure – Call 1-800-648-5080 and identify your affiliation with “NSSC 2016 Burns Celebration.” Cut-off date – Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Reservations after this date will be based on availability and prevailing rates.

Deposit – A credit card is required when you make your reservation to guarantee the first night’s room and tax. Room, tax and incidentals to be paid by individual.

Our own Jim Laughton, contributed the article below, which originally appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of “The Highlander“:

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Thank you, Nevada!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Celtic Celebration this last weekend. Your feedback is truly important to us. Please consider filling out our post event survey.

We had a great event this year, below are some thoughts and a few pictures I snapped with my phone. There will be much, much, much more to come =)

What a weekend! Truly. What an amazing, crazy, exhausting, stress-filled, beautiful, heartening, joy-filled, roller coaster weekend of awesome!

First, I have to tell you that driving across the bridge Saturday morning to get in to the park and hearing the wail of bagpipes as I entered the park was out-of-this-world. This was the first time ever that our Celebration has hosted a full bag piping BAND competition! We started small, but I think everyone had a good time, and it was a site to behold, let me tell you. Here’s a shot of the mass bands on Saturday:


We were able to have Highland Athletics again, in a new location this year, and that also went very well. There the Athletes are, receiving their standings and awards Saturday afternoon:


The World Birds of Prey were so incredibly awesome! Having these majestic birds at our event always enhances it, and I believe this to be the start of a beautiful partnership with them. Next year we hope to offer a full show with these fascinating birds. Much thanks to Matt for bringing the birds, and for my impromptu photo shoot with one of the birds:


Finally, this is a picture of some members of our board, but all members of our community. This was the final crew that was on-site Monday making sure the park got cleaned and all was well and everything was stored and put away until next year. These are hard-working and awesome people!


From left to right are Verla Jackson (Treasurer), Mike Gilmore (partner to Jayde and incredible fighter and MC), Jayde Gilmore (Living History Director), Danielle Gann-Lind (President, Vendors, Web), Daniel Lind (behind – partner to Danielle, park cleanliness inspector and general man Friday and support), Kristen Hollis (Secretary), Willie Puchert (Vice-President, PR/Marketing/Outreach), Christopher Moreland (Volunteer Coordinator, Logistics). I could not be more proud to associate and work with a group of individuals.