Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2011-2012 Concert Season

Highland Way - Monday, January 23, 2012 7:30 p.m.
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Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as Robert Burns Week is celebrated in Bakersfield.

Celebrate the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns with Highland Way at the 3,000 seat Rabobank Theater.

Highland Way brings Scotland (and a little bit of Ireland) to you! Brian Caldwell of Glasgow leads Highland Way in the songs of his homeland, backed by fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, bodhran, and whistle. With Ned Giblin from Ireland, Paul Graham Castellanos, Freddy Faith, and guest artist Sharon Whyte, Highland Way offers a evening of lively songs and instrumentals - favorite Highland melodies, jigs and reels, heartfelt ballads, and songs of sly whimsy.

Pre-concert music will be provided by the Bakersfield Christian High School Advanced Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Brett Clausen.

Highland Way will perform a Student Outreach concert at a local school prior to their evening performance at the Rabobank Theater.

Highland Way loves to entertain audiences in the concert hall, at festivals, and even on a cruise to Nova Scotia. The band’s 5th CD - Are you Feeling it Yet? - reflects the eclectic mix of music featured in the Highland Way performances. Expect an evening of music both familiar and new, with classic melodies from Celtic tradition along with songs from songwriters like Dougie MacLean and Tommy Sands. All performed with the Highland Way flair and presented with good-natured banter!

Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759. Burns died penniless on July 21, 1796.To quote UN Secretary General Kofi Annan: "The spirit of Robert Burns is the spirit of Scotland, a country of passion, one always open to new ideas and a place where people of all backgrounds and cultures can flourish together."

The Kern County Scottish Society sponsors an annual Robert Burns Supper in Bakersfield. Robert Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, is regarded as one of the most famous Scots for his poetry and songs. Throughout the world, Burns Night Suppers are held on or near the day of his birthday, January 25th. Burns Suppers, such as the one held in Bakersfield for the past 40 years, consist of eating haggis, the recitation of Burns' poetry, and, of course, the tasting of Scotch whiskey. You do not have to be a Scot to enjoy the food, the poetry, and the whiskey. This year the Supper is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, January 28 at the Junior League of Bakersfield Community Center, 1928 19th Street. For more information about the Rabbie Burns Supper, please visit Kern County Scottish Society's 17th Annual Scottish Games and Gathering are to be held at the Kern County Museum 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21,2012.

Kern County Scottish Society Robert Burns link

The Robert Burns Encyclopedia

The Highland Way page

Scotland page

Our Scotland - Highland Way Band's page

The Highland Way musicians:

Brian Caldwell from Scotland- lead vocals, guitar, bodhran, the one in the kilt!
Brian Caldwell, the creative whirlwind of Highland Way , is a man on the move. Brian grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and, having specialized in sound engineering at the prestigious Strathclyde University, headed on the road. Now residing in North San Diego County in California, he regularly performs solo, as a duo with the Clachan Boys, and on tour with his Highland Way band. Singer, songwriter, musician, and director, Brian Caldwell also runs his own recording studio and produces music under the Highland Way Productions label.

Ned Giblin from Ireland - mandolin, guitar, whistles, banjo, bodhran, and vocals

Hailing from Galway in the West of Ireland, Ned Giblin comes from a very traditional Irish musical family. Along with his outstanding vocals, Ned is the master of several traditional Irish instruments including the mandolin, whistle, guitar, banjo and bodhran. Having played venues like the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Compound, Ned has performed on stage with some of the Celtic world’s best musicians, including The Chieftains, Liam Clancy, Tommy Makem, De Dannan, Floggin Molly. As representative Irishman in the group, he maintains a running concert commentary with the man in the kilt, Brian Caldwell!

Paul Graham Castellanos - fiddle, all things strings

Paul Graham Castellano's musical roots go back many generations to Scotland and Ireland. Encouraged as a youngster by his Grandpa Graham, Paul has played fiddle and mandolin for more than 30 years, as well as the guitar, bass, banjo, and keyboards. Paul is also an accomplished songwriter and arranger. He has shared the stage with The Chieftains, The Young Dubliners, Blended Spirit, Ken O' Mally, and has regularly performed with Garrison White and Glen Cornick (original bass player for Jethro Tull). He has opened for The Wolftones, Willy Clancy and Tommy Makem, and Billy Connelly.
Paul Graham Castellanos page

Freddy Faith - percussion

Freddy Faith mastered percussion as a small lad – getting his first snare drum set at age 7. By the age of 14, he was playing drums at weddings in Chicago and has never stopped performing. Freddy has played percussion in numerous rock and jazz bands, and toured in the road company for the rock musical “Hair.” With Highland Way , Freddy re-connects with his Scottish heritage; his mother’s McCorkle family members arrived from Scotland, fought in the American Civil War, and settled in Indiana, no doubt, bringing their music with them.

Sharon Whyte - guest artist - accordion

Guest Artist, Sharon Whyte, adds her expert accordion artistry to the Highland Way mix. With a background starting in classical music, her playing styles encompass all music genres – from Celtic to Zydeco to Rock. Her extensive resume includes performing with artists such as Kenny Loggins, Eric Johnson, America, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton, and BJ Thomas. Her studio credits include numerous CDs, commercials, and compositions for music libraries, and movies. She was most recently featured on the “Gypsy Swing Allstars” CD, featuring John Jorgenson. She also charted, transcribed and performed in “Primal Twang – The History of the Guitar,” featuring multiple world-class guitar greats, which is available on DVD and won the 2010 Rome International Film Festival for best documentary

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Welcome to the Rabobank Theater   Highland Way for a delightful evening of  Scottish  music celebrating Robert Burns' birthday.



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