10/14: Radford Highlanders Festival

10/14: Radford Highlanders Festival 4The Radford Highlanders Festival is a celebration of Scottish heritage featuring the famed Heavyweight games with multiple divisions, live music and dancing performances headlined by Albannach and Syr, sheepherding, Scottish Clans, food, vendors, children’s games and festivities for all ages.

Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman”. That’s exactly what we are – born and bred in Scotland, our purpose in life is to share our intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of our music.

Albannach are not just another Scottish ‘Pipes & Drums’ band, indeed we bring a new and exciting form of music to your living room. A championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bring you a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music. Our style of music is exciting, energetic and enchanting and we promise to leave you begging for more.

SYR (sire) is a Celtic Folk-Rock band from Columbia, South Carolina. What started as a small traditional cover band has evolved into a serious endeavor with a unique blend of genres. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR blends their own rock background to create powerful songs with themes like battle, love, loss, heritage and victory.

SYR also plays Irish & Scottish drinking songs, pirate sea shanties and ballads in Gaelic even taking modern songs and adding a Celtic twist to create an interesting blend of old and new.

Whether a family’s background is of Scots-Irish origin or of other descent, the day always brings with it an air of excitement and anticipation. There is no place more beautiful than Southwest Virginia in the fall and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful back-drop for the fall festival.

Admission is free and and all are welcome.

The festival is a joint partnership with the City of Radford and Radford University.

Venue: Radford University, Radford
Organizations: Albannach, City of Radford, Syr
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Food, Sports, Miscellaneous, Family Friendly, Arts & Theatre
Cost: Free
Radford University and the City of Radford present the 26th Radford Highlanders Festival on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Radford University’s Moffett Field.

Entertainment Schedule:
• 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Touch-a-Truck
• 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Kyle Edgell Caricature Artist
• 12:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies

Main Stage Music Schedule:
• 10:15-10:35 AM: Shenandoah Valley Pipe Band
• 10:40-11:00 AM: Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums
• 11:00 AM: Syr
• 12:30-1:15 PM: Albannach
• 1:20 PM: Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
• 1:45-2:30 PM: Syr
• 3:00-3:45 PM: Albannach
• 4:15-5:00 PM: Syr

For more information, visit: http://www.radford.edu/content/festival/home.html or https://www.facebook.com/RadfordHighlandersFestival/ or call 540-831-6255.

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