MUSIC, DANCING & MORE
Beth Patterson was born in a swamp. Okay, more accurately, she was born in a hospital near a swamp, but that’s close enough to romanticize the origin of this Lafayette, Louisiana native. Described by audiences as “a cross between a cobra and a puppy,” multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is foremost a player of the eight- and ten-stringed Irish bouzoukis (adaptations of a traditional Greek instrument). Known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs “SWAP” (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive). Ms. Patterson has released seven solo CDs and has received airplay in the every continent (Antarctica notwithstanding). She has appeared on over a hundred and sixty recordings (including the nationally-charting Change of Habit by her former band The Poor Clares). Soundtrack appearances include the motion picture The One-Eyed King (starring William Baldwin and Armand Assante), and Mike Judge's Mirimax release Extract. She’s performed in eighteen countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Various artists have recorded over a hundred of her compositions and co-writes across the US, France, Ireland, and New Zealand. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University, New Orleans. But she claims that her work will not be finished until the word "bouzouki" is no longer flagged by spell-checkers worldwide. In addition to solo gigs, Beth also performs in ZoüKeys (a prog/jazz/Celtic/roots mashup duo with her husband, acclaimed pianist Josh Paxton), the Round Pegs with PH Fred, and nabs the occasional freelance bass gig.
Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes & Drums
The Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums, established in 1976 as part of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, provides a teaching program in the uniquely Scottish arts of bagpiping and drumming. The band's teaching program feeds the performing band which plays over 100 performances each year and is currently the state's largest band.
James Linden Hogg
James Linden Hogg is a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter, and actor who loves history, literature, travel and humor. James Linden enjoys the interaction of performing in front of a live audience, and dedicates much of his day to writing and practicing his craft. From the age of six to ten, he was a featured actor on the syndicated children’s television show, “Hollywood Hal and Rhinestone Al”. He is the recipient of the Distinguished National History Day contest, Louisiana champion; the youngest performer to ever be featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Champion from Northwestern State University. He has been interviewed on numerous national, and regional media outlets, and currently has a new CD recording of original and traditional songs, “College fund Volume 1”, that he is using to help pay for his college education.
Kitchen Session of Baton Rouge
Kitchen Session is music the way it used to be, before every home had an "entertainment center". We are a group of musicians who play mostly traditional Celtic session tunes from nations like Ireland, Scotland, France, United Kingdom, etc. in a kitchen setting similar to traditional gatherings in the original Celtic nations. Even though we have different vocations, we all have an affinity for playing Celtic music in a mostly acoustic, mostly traditional setting.
Louisiane Vintage Dancers
The Louisiane Vintage Dancers are a group of Louisianans who came together in the mid 1990’s to recreate the joy of performing historic dances from the 1800’s in period attire. Some members have studied under nationally known vintage dance instructors as well as performing in award-winning television and movie productions. Many of the dancers create their own historically accurate costumes. This non-profit group of volunteers has served many hours in Louisiana. Their performances portray pleasant gatherings from the 19th century and bring rich color, gracious social interaction and beautiful music to any event.
The Muggivan School of Irish Dance
The Muggivan School of Irish Dance is dedicated to promoting excellence in the art and sport of Irish dancing, providing an atmosphere of encouragement and positive discipline at all levels, and developing
an appreciation for the art form as a testament to the rich and diverse culture of Irish dance in the U.S. Dancers at the Muggivan School are trained in competitive style Irish dancing, which allows them to compete on local, national, and international stages. Classes are offered for beginner through champion levels in the Greater New Orleans area.
A Scottish Fiddle Orchestra which seeks to preserve and perform the Traditional Music of Scotland and the surrounding regions. Community-based Scottish fiddle "orchestras", in the form of fiddle clubs and Strathspey and Reel societies, are a popular aspect of Scottish fiddle music. Similar societies are found not only in Scotland but also in Nova Scotia, Australia and throughout the United States. Strathspeys and reels are two of the most distinctive forms of Scottish traditional music.
New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society
Scottish Country Dance
Scottish Country dancers from Baton Rouge and New Orleans have joined together. The New Orleans group is affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; however, both groups are primarily social in nature. We dance because it’s fun! Regular classes; in Baton Rouge Monday evening twice monthly and in New Orleans weekly on Friday evenings. You are invited to come join the dance! (Beginners and walk-ins are welcome. You do not need to bring a partner, and you do not need to own a kilt). Soft soled dance shoes are recommended but not required. For more information, Baton Rouge contact: Morgan McGlone (Instructor) at (225)803-7021 or email us at , New Orleans contact: Wendy Grubb (Instructor) at 504-957- 0251 or