Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Recap

With a beautiful blue sky, cool temperatures and the amazing Mt. Rainier as a backdrop, The Rogues performed for only the 2nd time in 7 years at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival in Bonney Lake, WA.

The Rogues performed all three weekends of the festival as well as the evening concert Saturday night after close. The band had a blast at the festival and the concert and hope to be able to return to Washington regularly in the future. The staff is wonderful here and feel more like friends than employers. The friendliness of the staff and performers and the patrons is what we remembered most from our first visit 7 years ago. That and the beautiful area.

 The Rogues' line-up for this show is Randy Wothke on drums and keyboard, Jesse Bills on pipes, Kay Campbell (Kristen Jensen) on fiddle, and guest drummer Rich Teachout on bodhran. who also helped out at the Northwest Pacific Scottish Games the week before.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us! For more info on the Washington Midsummer Renaissance festival go to

The Rogues next performance will be at the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival in McDade, TX (on the grounds of the Sherwood Forest Faire) Hope to see all of you there!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Rogues at the Odessa Celtic Concert and Northwest Pacific Scottish Games

 On July 19th the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX was home to the first Rogues show ever in west Texas.  The theater was beautiful, a very new facility located between Midland and Odessa, and a theater that the band hopes to return to again in the future.  The crowd was very appreciative, with dancing in the aisles from young and old alike.  

Thanks to Roy Raney for bringing us in to perform, and also his wife Shelley and the other volunteers for their hospitality with the awesome pre-show refreshments and accommodations.  We are looking forward to performing in west Texas again at the Midland Scottish-Irish Faire in March of 2015, and so hope to see more of our Texas/Oklahoma friends there.  

The performers were Jimmy Mitchell, Bryan Blaylock, Randy Wothke and newcomer Jesse Bills on bagpipes as well.  Jesse is doing all of the Washington weekends with the band and will also be appearing with us at the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival September 26-27, at the site of the Sherwood Forest Faire, in McDade, TX. We invite you to come out and help support Texas Celtic music and festivals.  And if you haven't been to the Sherwood Forest Faire do yourself a favor and visit next year.  The owners and staff have put together quite a nice medieval festival just outside of Austin. 

The morning after the Odessa Celtic Concert Randy and Jesse hit the road in the RV up to Washington state for the Northwest Pacific Scottish Games and the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival.  This was our first time to appear at the Scottish Games in Enumclaw, with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier to boot.  Kay Campbell (Kristen Jensen) flew in Friday night to do all the Washington gigs with us on fiddle.  The Scottish games were her first official gig with The Rogues and Kay and the band were well-received.  We shared the stage with the Wicked Tinkers both days and jammed with them a little on Sunday.  They have a great show and hanging with them in the pub was a blast.  Thanks to Kate Freeburg and the Pacific Northwest Scottish Games for bringing us up for the first time, and we hope to make this a regular event in the future.  If you've never been to Washington state you don't know what you're missing.  The scenery is outstanding and with these two great events in late July and August there's no better time.  
The Rogues are currently playing at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival from August 2nd - 17th.    Hope to see you there!