Red McWilliams – “America’s Celt”
Combining a percussive guitar with a rich baritone voice and a positive attitude has created the perfect blend of “entertainer”, the fact of which has been proven at around 57 Scottish Highland Games, Irish and Celtic festivals, renaissance faires, TV and radio and many coffee houses, pubs, clubs and restaurants on 3 continents, 7 countries, 42 states (including Hawai’i), from the US to Japan to Scotland and beyond, has been featured in print publications (Japan Times (Tokyo), The Celtic Connection (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Odessa American (TX), East Texas People, Lewisville (TX) News, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kentucky New Era, Renaissance Magazine, Scottish Connection Journal, Bank One, Texas’ newsletter The Wire, Southwest Celtic Music Association’s Ceili, more), along with awards and commendations (National Honor Fraternity of Community and Junior Colleges, Pennsylvania Game Commission, The Celtic Heritage Association of Oklahoma, Inc., The Castle of Muskogee (Oklahoma Renaissance Faire), Mobile (AL) International Festival, Bank One Corporation (USA), Project Children (USA), Denton (TX) Celtic Society, North Texas Irish Festival, Caledonian and St. Andrew’s Society of Seattle, WA, Clan Donald Society, Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA, Tartan Day Washington (WA), Tacoma Scots Pipes and Drums (WA), Honorary Games Chief, Sweet Home (OR) Highland Games, more), and has won Bonniest Knees Contests at Ozark (MO) Area Celtic Gathering, June 3, 2000 and The Scottish Society of Mobile (AL) Burns Night, February 4, 2006).
Always ready to perform at the drop of a hat (with some loose change in it), Red keeps his calendar full, due in the most part to the way he moves from ballads to bawdy, from patriotic to parody, from historical to hysterical – only to be punctuated by off-the-wall comments, jokes, stories, ribald humor and snide remarks caused by something in his nature that drives him to “entertain” his audiences.
Red extends his gratitude to all fellow Celts across the globe who have helped make this all possible. Without your support, there would be no “Red McWilliams”. By the way, if you see him broken down on the highway, please stop and help him – he’s on his way to his next event!
” The Celtic Tradition Continues”
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