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Welcome to the Campbell River Highland Gathering Website. Bagpipes and Buzzsaws was a superb event! The addition of the Highland Gathering to Salmonfest saw more than 8000 visitors through the gate.

Check out all the photos and videos from the various 2018 events and get ready for bigger and better in 2019!

PRINT a brochure for the weekend events.

CRHG CLAN and SCOTTISH Organization Registration for 2019

 

 

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Buzz saws and Bagpipes, or the Art of the Birl and the Skirl

People who enjoy the sound of buzz saws at Logger Sports and the skirl of the bagpipes of traditional Scottish Highland Gatherings are in for a major treat at next August’s Campbell River Logger Sports at Nunns Creek Park on August 9,10 and 11, 2019

CRHG CLAN and SCOTTISH ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION

Highland Heavy Games begin at 9 am on Friday alongside the Salmon Fest Logger Sports events.
The Piping and Drumming Events start early Saturday morning as solo and trio competitions get underway. Everyone who performs will get an adjudicator’s review and trophies given to the winners.

The Official Grand Opening of the Gathering will take place on Saturday at 12:30 pm (Field #2) with a MASSED BANDS performance to herald it.

Saturday events will include Pipeband Field competitions, the Highland Heavy Events and a new class of entertainment:
“CELTS HAVE TALENT”. 

To demonstrate that the pipes and drums are not just relegated to a defined set of rules you’ll see that they integrate well with other musical instruments and styles.

There are two categories

  1. Celts Have Talent  A – 1 to Five Pipers + any instrument including vocals. Many pipers and drummers are joining Celtic Groups to complement them with a very special sound.
  2. Celts Have Talent B – 6 pipers and more + any instrument – The objective is to have bands perform their medleys on stage and integrate other instruments to showcase the variety of music that can be produced.

(see Celts have Talent Page for rules)

Adjudication for these events is based on popularity via a panel of Celebrity Judges as well as the audience.

The afternoon will culminate with band awards handed out at the MASSED BANDS wrap up at 4:30 and everyone will be invited to stay for a $10 salmon BBQ . Solo Piping and Drumming winners will be recognized and given some very attractive prizes.

Sunday see the Highland Heavy Games continue and on stage, the HIGHLAND DANCE COMPETITION will get underway
Click Here to go to the Highland Dance Competition page

Vendors will be a big part of the weekend as participants and spectators alike can avail themselves of Celtic goods, a wide variety of meals and tastings from some of the areas local brew-houses and distilleries.

Volunteers are encouraged . click here.

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Pipes and Drums

PIPES AND DRUMS GENERAL INFORMATION

Step 1:

  • Competitors must enter the Campbell River Highland Gathering events on-line and pay by credit card on Eventbrite.
  • Complete all fields of the competitor information section.
  • No refunds. For questions regarding entries, contact 250 287 8807 attn Brian Shaw or bshaw@mackieresearch.com

Solo, Trio and Section Competitions begin 8:30 am August 11, 2018.

All events subject to time changes.

Gates open one hour before the competition starts.

Compulsory massed bands are scheduled for the Grand Opening at 12:30 pm and the closure at 4:30 pm. Bands are requested to be at the forming up points 15 minutes beforehand.

List of Tunes
Bonnie Dundee
Green Hills, Barren Rocks of Aden
Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree
Barren Rocks of Aden, Mari’s Wedding
Amazing Grace
All standard BCPBA settings (Click here)

Band and “Celts Have Talent” contests begin at 1 pm. These times are subject to change, dependent upon the number of entries received.

Salmon BBQ tickets are available at the Gate

Bands and “Celts Have Talent” participants are encouraged to perform at the BBQ and ensuing Ceilidh.  Bring along your other instruments other than bagpipes and pipe band snare drums (small pipes, uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrans, guitars, etc) and play tunes together on stage.

All awards will be presented at the Ceilidh immediately following the Salmon BBQ.

BCPA Events

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Highland Heavy Games

Click Here to go to the Highland Heavy Games Schedule!

Are you a Highland Heavy Games Athlete? Want to take part in the Campbell River Highland Gathering Heavy Games?
Click Here
to register

Click Here for Heavy Games Rules

HISTORY OF THE HEAVY GAMES

Highland Games were held long ago by the clans of Northern Scotland but has it’s origins far earlier with the Celts of Ireland in Roman times. Some credit the 11th-century Scottish king, Malcolm Canmore, with initiating the first Highland Games. Contests in running, leaping, vaulting, wrestling, lifting heavy weights and putting stones (as one sees today) were begun more than a thousand years ago.

Sporting contests called “wappinschaws” were held by the various clans. The clans’ warriors needed to test their physical prowess in much the same way as modern soldiers engage in physical training. It was at one of these in 1574 that “tossing of ye barr” (caber-tossing) first appeared on record.

The first games were held in the 11th century under the reign of the Scottish King Malcolm of Canmore. In 1057 the King held a crude form of Scottish athletics to lift the morale of his troops before battle. The strongest men were chosen as the King’s personal bodyguards and the fastest became his couriers. Implements used were those found around the blacksmith’s shop and available to the early Scotsman:

* Woodsmen produced the caber (Gaelic for tree)

* A blacksmith’s hammer used for driving in fence posts became the hammer

* Scale weights used for measuring grain, oats etc. became the 56 lb and 28 lb weights throw for distance and height.

* A rounded riverbed stone made the ideal stone of strength which every young boy had to throw a certain distance as a rite of passage into manhood.

* In modern times a sheaf with a pitchfork has been added to some games and it emerged from agricultural purposes.

In time the games made their way into local community fairs and by the 16th century, the games became festive occasions. But in 1747 The Act of Proscription banned carrying arms, wearing the kilt, playing the bagpipes and public gatherings in Scotland. This essentially brought to an abrupt halt the old clan system in the Highlands. The Highland games ceased and were endanger of becoming extinct if something was not done to revive them.

In 1781 the Scots Highland society offered to sponsor trophies and prize money for competitions in dancing, piping, and athletics during a popular fall fair. The next year the Act of Proscription was repealed. That year the St. Fillian’s society organized full-scale highland games and for the first time in decades, the sword dance (previously considered a war dance) was included with the dancing, piping and athletic events. Scottish sports were spread all over the world by those in the Scottish Societies particularly by those people who emigrated between 1750 and 1850. The first Highland games in Canada took place in Antigonish, N.S. in 1863.

Today Highland games exist around the world where these tremendous athletes compete in these time-honored events. At the heart of any Scottish festival, today is the Caber Toss, and these athletes combine the attributes of the athlete with the fellowship of the clansmen to make it an unforgettable experience.

Weights for Distance

During the eleventh century, recreation centered around activities at the blacksmith shop. The 28 lb. and 56 weights were implements found there. The 28 lb. wt. was used to tie up a horse and the 56 lb. was used to keep a team of horses from wandering. These weights are metal with a chain and ring handle. The total weight is 28 lb. and 56 lb. with the overall length of each implement being 18 inches. The athlete has a 9′ run up and must throw the weight with one hand. The object is to throw the weight horizontally for an optimal distance.

Are you a Highland Heavy Games Athlete? Want to take part in the Campbell River Highland Gathering Heavy Games? Click here to register and check out the Highland Heavy Games Schedule!

Celts Have Talent!

To demonstrate that the pipes and drums are not just relegated to a defined set of rules you’ll see that they integrate well with other musical instruments and styles.  VI Caledonia won the 2018 Category A and Qualicum Beach Pipe Band won the Category B

Click Here to see Rules
The Celts Have Talent contests are held on two covered stages side by side that are curtained off in field number 5.

There two are two categories for Celts Have Talent; one for each stage. Each performance is from 5 to 10 minutes long.

Category A:  1 to Five Pipers + any instrument including vocals.  6 Entries Maximum  $1,000 first prize. Many pipers and drummers are joining Celtic Groups to complement them with a very special sound.

Category B:  6 pipers and more + any instrument – 5 Entries Maximum   $1,000 first prize. The objective is to have bands perform their medleys on stage and integrate other instruments to showcase the variety of music that can be produced.

Schedule: Groups for both categories are given 15 minutes to set up on their respective stage, play and then receive comments from the adjudicators.

Category A                                                           
First Group – 1:00pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 1:15pm
2nd Group  – 1:30pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 1:45pm
3rd Group   – 2:00pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 2:15pm
4th Group  – 2:30pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 2:45pm
5th Group   – 3:00pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 3:15pm
6th Group   – 3:30pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 3:45pm
7th Group   – 4:00pm setup on stage A  –   Play at 4:15pm

Category B
First Group – 1:15pm setup on stage B  –  Play at 1:30pm
2nd Group  – 1:45pm setup on stage B  –  Play at 2:00pm
3rd Group  – 2:15pm setup on stage B  –  Play at 2:30pm
4rth Group  – 2:45pm setup on stage B  –  Play at 3:00pm
5th Group  – 3:15pm setup on stage B  –  Play at 3:30pm
6th Group  – 3:45pm setup on stage B  –  Play at 4:00pm

Adjudication for these events is based on popularity via a panel of Celebrity Judges who may be well influenced by the audience as well as remarks made on Facebook
The judges will be asked for a short commentary after each performance and will mark each group based on their entertainment value.

Celts have Talent Information and Rules

Celts have Talent A

  • One to 5 pipers allowed
  • Pipes can be of any type ie. Small pipes
  • Any other instrument is allowed including vocals.
  • There are speakers & microphones and drum kit available for this contest and  a sound manager
  • (Participants are requested to check their setup with the stage & sound manager in the morning.
  • The First performers are asked to be at stage A or staging area at 1:00 pm to play at 1:15 pm
  • Participants  perform every ½ hour on the 15’s
  • Participants are given 15 minutes to move from the staging area to Stage A and be ready to perform at curtain call.
  • Master of Ceremonies opens the curtain; announce the group, includes a short background and music to be played.
  • Performance are 3 to 8 minutes.
  • At the end of the performance, the Group will stay on stage until a short review from the adjudicators is complete.
  • Note that the adjudicators will be local celebrities and that the winners are chosen by audience popularity with the final decision rendered by the adjudicators.
  • The winner receives a prize of $1,000
    Registration for Celts Have Talent A – 2019, will start in 2019

Celts have Talent B

  • There will not be any speakers or microphones provided  for this contest. (Bands must bring their own)
  • First performers will be asked to be at the staging area at 1:15 pm to play at 1:30 pm on Stage B
  • Participants  perform every ½ hour.( the schedule will be posted 1 week before the event to ensure there is no conflict.
  • Participants are given 15 minutes to move from the staging area to Stage B and be ready to perform at curtain call.
  • All participants shall present in Concert formation on stage B.
  • Master of Ceremonies opens the curtain; announce the group, include a short background and the music to be played.
  • Performance are 3 to 8 minutes.
  • At the end of the performance the Group stays on stage until a short review from the adjudicators is complete.
  • Note that the adjudicators are local celebrities and that the winners are chosen by audience popularity with final decision rendered by  the adjudicators.
  • The winner receives a  prize of $1,000 to be announced at the massed bands wrapup.
    Registration for  Celts have Talent B 2019 will start  in 2019