Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games & Festival
Did you know?
There are more Scots living outside of Scotland than there are inside.
Originating in the Appalachian Mountains, Tuatha Dea is pure primal energy with a Celtic/World twist. The bands eclectic sound blends the tribal vibe of primitive DRUMS with conventional and unconventional instruments such as guitar, fiddle, bass, modern and Native American flutes, Didgeridoo, bagpipes and more, as well as a myriad of vocal styles that create a truly unique sound. Tuatha Dea is a Gaelic phrase adopted from the Celtic mythology of the Tuatha de Danaan whose literary history originates in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you want to categorize their sound….try APPALACHIAN CELTIC TRIBAL GYPSY ROCK!
Florida native and current Nashville resident Ashley Shannon has been singing since she started talking. Her sense of service and powerful voice have resulted in a large fan base. She is fiercely dedicated to our military, both those currently serving and our veterans of all branches. Ashley has considered it her honor to have performed the National Anthem many times, including for Monster Jam for crowds of more than 65,000 for two consecutive years in Tampa and past performances with Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson. She has shared the stage with artists such as Charlie Daniels and Daryl Singletary and was the featured artist for the annual
"Tee Up For The Troops" supporting the James A. Haley, VA Fisher House for five years prior to relocating to Nashville. She encourages others to do whatever they can in their communities to make life better for those around them. Her grandfather Dr. Robert L Buchanan was one of her most devoted fans.
In addition to local festivals in Florida and Alabama, Ashley was also a yearly performer for the Florida State Fair in Tampa, the Plant City Strawberry Festival, The San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival for more than 10 years. Her many community volunteer activities and compassionate spirit resulted in a featured spot on Fox 13's "What's Right with Tampa Bay".
A country singer with her sights on the future and her heart set on full speed ahead, Ashley has been performing since 1999 for crowds of all sizes and persuasion. A fierce defender of independent thought and personal freedoms, Ashley encourages others to pursue their aspirations and dreams.
The sister of a Marine safely returned from Iraq, Ashley helped establish "WordsFromWarriors" to send cassette recorders, tapes, and storybooks to troops so that deployed parents can send bedtime stories home to their children. Ashley is from a family of 13 veterans in 3 generations.
In September of 2007 Ashley was voted the 2007 National Jaycee Idol at the National Jaycees Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ashley sings a variety of current country favorites as well as the tried and true hits of country legends. She has a growing collection of originals destined to become favorites in their own right and her first CD of original recordings, "Read My Lipstick", was produced by country music legend Jim Vest. Ashley counts as one of her most memorable moments the night that Little Jimmy Dickens told her he would be her adoptive grandpa.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Vest has signed Ashley and she now claims Nashville as her home.
While playing guitar, harmonica, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and dobro, Ron Davis has been performing his unique musical style for over 20 years. Be sure to catch Ron at his tent in the food area.