Ages: 18+ (note: there is a $5 surcharge for attendees under 21)
Tickets: $15 at Door
Since 1995, Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high quality recordings. The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at #9 on the U.S. national Billboard Heatseekers charts. Their original songs such as “One Last Drink”, “Down With The Ship” and “Gasoline” have become folk rock anthems, appearing in films such as “Goon”, “10mph” and “Addicted to Plastic”, and reaching as high as #25 on U.S. radio.
The band’s new single, “Mrs. Elliott”, is a triumphant return to form, showcasing Enter The Haggis’ signature sound and instrumentation; bagpipes blaze over a powerhouse hard-rock rhythm section as Lewington and Buchanan trade off on lead vocals. “Mrs. Elliott” was the opening track on the band’s 20th Anniversary retrospective double album “Cheers and Echoes”, which features the band’s best loved songs, and is also featured on their latest album, Broken Arms. Their most raucous and energetic collection of songs in a decade, Broken Arms is chalk full of bagpipes, fiddles and cranked up guitars.
Praise for Enter The Haggis has appeared in major national publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. The band has also performed on national television shows like “Live With Regis and Kelly” and “Breakfast With The Arts” on A&E.
After multiple Canadian tours in the late 1990’s, ETH made waves in the US in 2004 with a feature length performance documentary called “Live at Lanigan’s Ball”. Following extensive airing of the special on PBS in more than 80 markets around the US, the band was invited to perform at Celtic and folk festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. Touring tirelessly, they amassed a legion of diehard fans who are known to cross continents and oceans for shows. Shunning the traditional industry model of a band maintaining distance from its fans, Enter The Haggis has worked hard to develop personal relationships with their supporters, (affectionately known as “Haggis Heads”), taking the necessary time to shake hands and chat after performances, broadcasting shows online for free and even inviting fans to join them in the studio to sing and play on record. It’s thanks to this close connection that the band’s last three albums were entirely financed through crowdfunding platforms that raised over $150,000 US.
Band Website: www.enterthehaggis.com
A gun-slinging outlaw who disappears into a river…a trapeze artist who incessantly goes to the movies… a pair of star-crossed lovers who fall victim to the paranoia of paternal uncertainty… these are all characters in the lyrical world created by The Wagar Brothers, a local string band guided by Jon and Matt Wagar, a brotherly duo from Mayfield, NY. Rounding out the cast are North Country natives Catherine Wurster on upright bass, Austin Petrashune on the fiddle, Ryan Casey on the mandolin, and Ol’ Boy Bruce on the drum kit. With a mixture of traditional folk songs, classic covers, and raucous originals, The Wagar Brothers are sure to leave no feet frozen and no hearts unyielding.
Band Website: www.facebook.com/wagarbros