2017 Clans & Heritage

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Schedule of Activities

ONline Schedule 
Coming SOON!

We are currently editing and reviewing the festival schedule for 2017. Feel free to refer to the 2016 schedule below in the mean time.


We will have this year's schedule finalized in August, so stay tuned!

downloadable schedule

Dog Parade

Our Dog Parade is a tribute to the Scottish & Irish working dogs bred centuries before on the mountainsides of the Highlands and the pastures of the misty Lowlands.

While we will lead off and feature these breeds from the British Isles we welcome all dogs that you're proud enough of to join in our parade.

There is no charge to join in our parade but any donations received will be given to the Jefferson County Humane Society.

The parade will assemble in Graveyard Alley beside the Shepard's Inn   by 2:45pm and at 3:00pm will march to the music while parading to the intersection of Main St. & Gay St. & back again

Old-Time Children's Playground

Days Gone By, a wonderful old-time Children's Playground, will return to the Festival again in 2017, sponsored by Bush Bros.

Sheepdog Demonstrations

Phil Lakin will also be bringing his Border Collies to perform sheepdog trial demonstrations on the dike.

2017 Entertainers


Pipe & Drum Band Challenge Playoff  

The Knoxville Pipes & Drums from Knoxville, TN

The Knoxville Pipes & Drums from Knoxville, TN

The 17th Lancers Pipes & Drums from Nashville, TN

The 17th Lancers Pipes & Drums from Nashville, TN

The Atholl Highlanders Pipes & Drums from Stone Mountain, GA

The Atholl Highlanders Pipes & Drums from Stone Mountain, GA



The Celtic Martins  perhaps the favorite all-time band of the Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival. The Martin Family keeps on growing, not only in numbers of incredible musicians and dancers, but in the depth and reach of their Celtic music experience. Nelson & Elaine Martin have brought their children up in the Pennsylvania mountains, absorbing all of the ancient Scots-Irish traditions, instruments and sounds. We've seen their family grow and now look forward to grandchildren playing, singing and dancing for the wonderful folks of Dandridge, Tennessee. Come see, hear and meet the Celtic Martins.


Kathryn Powell,  from Arlington, Texas, will share Scottish and original songs & stories on the Lowland Stage...with the help of her fiddle, guitar, a couple sock puppets, and a few friends. Also, don't be surprised to find her reading stories in the 'Days Gone By' Children's playground!  Kathryn will aso participate in the Ceilidh by the Loch on Saturday night and the Kirking of the Tartans at Dandridge 1st Methodist Church on Sunday.


Cranruach, (an Old Scots word meaning "hoar frost"), is a duo hailing from Lexington, Virginia. Diana Schofield, originally from Montana, is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. She adds a brilliant bluegrass twist with her playing and vocals to the songs. John Morman, keeping up on guitar, brings songs from his native Scotland and his wife Mary Jo's native Ireland. Cranruach presents a collection of old classics mixed in with some modern songs, as well as some humorous numbers.  You're invited to join in with songs you know, and fake it with the ones you don't!!


Col. Randy Gratz, USAF Ret. is a native of East Tennessee and following a 39-year career in the Air Froce moved to the Florida Keys.  He and his wife Sarah now split their time between Florida and the Maryville area.  Randy will be performing demonstrations   of the traditional highland athletic events, including       the Caber Toss, Weight over the Bar, Hammer Throw & Sheaf Toss. 


Thistledown Tinkers, the powerful music duo featuring Trip Rogers and Tom Eure, are on a mission…to make Celtic music that forces folks to stand up and take notice. This is not the fragile, romanticized Celtic music you hear in movie soundtracks, but the kind that makes you sing along and stomp your feet. These seasoned music veterans from NC, weave traditional Scottish and Irish music with original creations while adding a southern swagger that sets the stage on fire. With an impressive arsenal of instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, and concertina, musicianship is at the core of Thistledown Tinkers.  Their stage presence creates a rebel rousing party that not only draws fans in, but makes them feel like a part of the show. Thistledown Tinkers deliver the beauty and tradition of Celtic music, new and old, with the guts, showmanship, and attitude of an arena rock band. You will find them wherever kinsmen are gathered and the craic is lively!


Kelly Shipe, an outstanding Piper & Harpist, has been our 'Lone Piper on the Dike' following our Ceilidh by the Loch, for all ten years of the Festival and will again do so in 2017.  Taken from the Military Tattoo annually at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, Kelly shown above spotlighted on an otherwise ptich black dike at 9pm, is an awesome sight, and sound, to behold. The above photo is a live performance at Dollywood.


Claire Macmillan, Champion Highland Dancer from Knoxville, long accepted as 'family' in Dandridge, will return for her 9th year to offer Highland Dance demonstations with her students as well as to perform in the Ceilidh on the Loch Saturday night.


Katie Carver, Champion Irish Step Dancer, is also long thought of as 'Family' in Dandridge.  She will bring her students to perform Irish Dancing on the Lowland Stage.  She will also perform in the Ceilidh on the Loch, Saturday night.


Lonestar Stout (& friends) is a popular Celtic group based in Texas and Louisiana and led by veteran Celtic performers, Hugh Morrison and Jed Marum. Since 2005 they have been entertaining crowds at festival, club and concert venues around the country with their unique blend of traditional and original music "that's somewhere between the Pogues and the Chieftains!" Based on the music of Jed and Hugh, Lonestar Stout brings a pocketful of songs and fun to their performances - offering music, from Scotland, Ireland and America - from beautiful historic ballads to rowdy pub-style classics and ripping tune sets; they deliver! It's a show marked by easy humor and gifted musicianship. Jed Marum is a performer of Celtic and American folk-style music. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to film and TV projects. In addition to his work with Hugh Morrison, Jed has recently recorded albums with Brian McNeill - with Michael Martin Murphey - and with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Hugh Morrison studied button accordion under the nationally known accordion masters, Ali MacGregor & Jimmy Shand. Hugh has released 6 albums since arriving in the US. In addition to his work with Jed, Hugh plays with his own band, Murder the Stout and lately has been joining Boston's Celtic Punk band The Street Dogs on stage.


Bob Valentine, Emcee & Entertainer Extrordinaire will return again to host our Friday night Sponsors & Patrons Appreciation Reception and to Emcee our Highland (Main) Stage on Saturday as well as the Ceilidh on the Loch Saturday evening.


Conny Ottway, the O'Kennessee Strings, and Conny's music students, from Knoxville, will perform in the Revolutionary Graveyard on Main Street throughout the Festival on Saturday.


Lakin's Highland Cattle & Black Faced Sheep exhibit is sponsored by the Jefferson County Farm.



Our Host Hotel

Quality Inn - Dandridge

(865) 397-4310

Mention you are staying for the Scots-Irish Festival to receive a discounted room rate!


Southside of I-40 at Exit 417, the Quality Inn is 2 miles from Historic Downtown Dandridge.  All rooms have free WiFi, flat screen TVs, Premium Cable channels, refrigerators & coffee makers.  Quality Inn offers a continental breakfast as well as free coffee in the lobby as well as a fitness center, guest laundry facities and free parking, plus a business center, seasonal outdoor pool and a sundeck.






2017 Vendors Registered

Merchandise Vendors - Scots, Irish, and Celtic

Bead Designer - Custom Made Beaded Celtic Jewelry - Bluff City, TN

Blue Mountain Clay - Celtic Inspired Pottery & Jewelry - Canton, NC    

Bold Blades - Swords, Knives, Sgian Dubhs - Charlotte, NC

Caberdancer Graphic Design - Custom Designed T-Shirts & Accessories  - Walhalla, SC

Celtic Tides, LLC - History of Family Names - Lexington, VA     

Classic Irish Imports - Irish Fans, Sweaters, Jerseys, Kid's Ts - Toledo, OH

Lilla Rose - Celtic Hair Accessories & Scarf Clips - Knoxville, TN

Near And Far Scottish LLC - Scottish & Celtic Merchandise - Charlotte, NC

Pro Face Painting Art  -  Celtic inspired Facial Art  - Dandridge, TN

Scottish Gourmet USA LLC  -  Packaged Scottish Foods & Christmas Decorations -  Greensboro, NC

 Smoky Mountain Perfumery - Heather Perfumes & Jewelry - Kodak, TN

St. Kilda USA - Kilts & accessories - Carnegie, PA

Food & Snack Vendors

Cripple Creek Concessions - Fish & Chips, Haggis, Burgers & more - Readiville, TN

HillBilly Concessions - Polish Sausage, Chilie Cheese Fries, Burgers, Dogs & more - New Market, TN

House of Douglas Scottish Bakery - Shortbreads, Cakes, Scones w/Strawberries & more - Cosby, TN

Papaw's Eats & Treats -  Hot Dogs, Spicy Nachos, Pickles, Cold Drinks - Corryton, TN

Rainbo Shaved Ice & Funnel Cakes - Knoxville, TN

Smoky Mountain Kettle Korn - Maryville, TN

St. Andrew's Square - Meat Pies, Bridies, Scotch Eggs, Shortbread - Waynesville, NC


Want to be a Vendor in 2017?

Have Scottish, Irish or Celtic Themed Products?

Contact us at Info@Scots-Irish.com or print off an Application & send it for consideration.

please do not send fees online without prior authorization via info@scots-irish.com

Vendor Tent Space Costs

TENT SPACE 10 x 10 $100
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TENT SPACE 20 x 10 $125
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TENT SPACE 20 x 20 $150
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The Thistle Club


The Thistle Club of the Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival is for those individuals who wish to be Contributing Patrons of the Festival.  We have three categories of Patron Programs:  Golden Patrons, Benefactor Patrons and Heather Patrons. We would be very grateful if you would consider contributing to support our festival. Thank you so much for your continued gratuity!

2017 Contributing Patrons

Golden Patrons

Bill & Marla Black - Dandridge

Thadeus Osborne - Knoxville


Benefactor Patrons

Richard Patrick Ireland - Chicago, IL

Michelle Ross - Harvest, AL -2017

Heather Patrons

David Freeland - Simpsonville, SC

Liz Lindley - Simpsonville, SC




The Golden Patron's Package requires a minimum of $300 contribution to the Festival.

Golden Patron Benefits include:

1. Two Gold Ribbon Nametags

2. Two Reservations at the Friday Night Reception at the Highland Stage area behind Town Hall & for the Gathering following at the Shepard's Inn.

3. Admission for two at the Shepard's Inn on Saturday for rest, a cold drink & restrooms.

4. Front Row Reserved Seats at the Ceilidh by the Loch, Saturday evening.

5. A Very Special Scottish Treat Basket, also including a fine Taste of the Highlands

Name of Golden Patron
Name of Patron Spouse/Other


The Benefactor Patron's Package requires a minimum of $100 per individual or $200 per couple contribution to the Festival.

Benefactor Patron Benefits include:

1. One/Two Green Ribbon Nametags

2. Two Reservations at the Friday Night Reception at the Highland Stage area behind Town Hall & for the Gathering following at the Shepard's Inn.

3. Admission for two at the Shepard's Inn on Saturday for rest, a cold drink & restrooms.

4.  Front or 2nd Row Reserved Seats at the Ceilidh by the Loch, Saturday evening.

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Name of Benefactor Patron
Name of Benefactor Patron Spouse/Other


The Heather Patron's Package requires a minimum of $50 per individual or $100 per couple contribution to the Festival.

Heather Patron Benefits include:

1. One/Two Heather Nametags

2. One/Two Reservations at the Friday Night Reception at the Highland Stage area behind Town Hall & for the Gathering following at the Shepard's Inn.

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The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival 810 Navajo Drive, Jefferson City, TN 37760

2016 Honored Sponsors


No group is more important to this festival than our sponsors. Our festival is totally sponsor-driven, which allows us to offer free admission to the public. Thank you Sponsors!

We Will Be Adding 2017 HONORED SPONSORS Very Soon


From I-40, Exit 417 (middle left) or from I-40, Exit 24, on US25-W (far right)

From I-40, Exit 417 (middle left) or from I-40, Exit 24, on US25-W (far right)


Accessible Parking Locations in downtown Dandridge - Shuttle Bus will be available from the large lot on Cherokee Drive at W. Main Street (far lower left)