Entertainers at the Games
On Friday night June 20 our entertainment at Victoria Park is a great Family entertainment night with The Ballagh Bunch.
The Ballagh Bunch is a group of lively, energetic performers, who put on numerous shows containing Irish, Celtic, Scottish and traditional Canadian music styling's. With a variety of musical instruments, such as fiddles, drums, guitar, vocals, feet and much more, the Ballagh's put on a thrilling and captivating show that is sure to please everyone with its unique variety. The three older siblings, Devan, Michael and Paige, have obtained multiple step dance titles, including the Canadian Open Step Dance Champions in both group and solo classes.
The Ballagh Bunch have been performing as a group for 10 years, and have performed at various theatres, festivals and fairs throughout this time. They have represented Canada for four consecutive years on the international stage at the Canadian National Exhibit in Toronto. They have also performed crowd-pleasing shows on the main stage in Downtown Disney, Florida. They were featured as main entertainment at the International Plowing Match, and were regular guests on the theatre presentation of Fiddle and Step. In the summer of 2011, the group was showcased as special guests at the Shelburne Canadian Fiddle Championship. They started off the main stage show at the Summerfolk Festival in the summer of 2012.
The Ballagh Bunch continues to tour with their music. Their first tour was in the summer of 2009 to the west coast. There, they kicked off their tour with a few dance and fiddle camps, and wrapped it up with a dynamic performance at Celtfest, in Nanaimo, B.C. They have also completed three consecutive tours across the Maritimes, which included sold out performances at the Mirimichi Opry, a highly demanded show in the LER theatre at the infamous Bonami festival, New Brunswick, and co-headlined the Tignish Irish festival, PEI, with the Irish Descendants and Rawlins Cross. Their creative rhythms and arrangements, along with the visible joy of making music together, make their performance quality second to none.
Saturday Night's entertainment will start around 7pm with The MUDMEN
Always entertaining and definitely unique The MUDMEN are a blast of celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off stage. First discovered in 1998 as "the Campbell Brothers" the band signed a deal with EMI records and changed their name to The MUDMEN in 2000. Their music has been featured on Xbox and Playstation games, WWE Wrestling, NBC's "The Black Donnelly's", Don Cherry's hockey video's 9,19,20,24, had 6 music videos on MUCH MUSIC and they reached #19 on the edge radio station.
In 2004 however The MUDMEN were dropped from their label, booking agent and parted ways with management. The band continued to tour and never gave up.
Then in 2008 The Campbell Brothers were asked to perform on the new CBC "Hockey Night In Canada" theme song where Ron MacLean quoted "MUDMEN WE LOVE EM". This lead to many opportunities including a 3 month tour with Johnny Reid, his PBS special and the Canadian Country Music Awards.
The Mudmen have since appeared on Parliament Hill for Canada Day where they shook hands with the Queen televised, are currently on the new CBC Hockey Night in Canada anthem, performed at the Edmonton Oilers home opener and much more.
They have become much more Celtic allowing them to perform at Country festivals, Celtic festivals, corporate events and many family events.New members Steve Volk, Steve Gore, Mario Bozza and Alex Maletich have brought new energy, ideas and attitude that have given new life to the band. The Mudmen are truly a group of friends who enjoy performing music.
The MUDMEN have proven they are around to stay and are on the rise again. They believe nice guys "Finish First" and enjoying life and what you do translates to all audiences.