Cod Gone Wild’s Roy Kawano

Celtic community comes together for ceilidh

Event, hosted by the Sons of Scotland Kildonnan Camp, features performances by Cod Gone Wild and award winning Argyll Highland Dancers.

It’ll be a Scottish/Celtic celebration like no other when a favourite local Celtic band returns with a new look, and some of the area’s fleet-footed highland and Scottish country dancers do their “fling.”

On the bill at the St. Andrew’s Family Ceilidh, hosted by the Sons of Scotland Kildonnan Camp Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Schubert Centre, is Vernon’s own Celtic-Maritime band Cod Gone Wild.

Started by Andrew Mercer, who teaches guitar and vocals at Vernon’s Argyll School of Celtic Arts, Cod Gone Wild was recently on tour in Mercer’s homeland of Newfoundland, and returned to Vernon with a fresh perspective and a new lineup of musicians, including fiddle player Anjuli Otter and bassist Roy Kawano.

Otter, who was raised in Vernon, is a classically trained violinist who until recently lived in India, where she was a member of the Symphony Orchestra India.

“Anjuli has recently returned home to Vernon and is looking forward to hitting the road with The Cods to show Canada and the world her own brand of modern Celtic music,” said Mercer on Cod Gone Wild’s website. “She has extraordinary talent and extensive musical experience on the violin performing with symphony orchestras locally and across the globe.”

Lake Country’s Kawano has joined the group more or less on a trial basis having never done Celtic music before, although he’s spent plenty of time playing throughout the valley.

Chad “Rhino” Carter, who also teaches at the Argyll school, continues to play percussion and drums in the band.

Together, the group is planning to release its second CD, Cod Gone Wild Volume 2, in the near future.

In the meantime, Cod Gone Wild will join highland dancers from the Argyll School of Celtic Arts, who will be demonstrating some of their winning moves.

Some of the school’s competitive dancers recently won aggregate trophies and medals at the Trail Invitational Highland Dancing Competition.

Abbie Hackman received high scores to move out of  the novice category, requiring six wins in six competitions, into intermediate.

Vernon’s Torin Andrews also managed six wins in six different competitions in the fling, sword, or Seann Triubhas (celebration dance) in the beginner category to move to novice. He also won the overall trophy for the highest scores in all age groups in the beginner category.

Kailee Moreira danced her second competition in intermediate and won the trophy for the under 12 age group. (Moreira recently won the aggregates at both the Calgary and Canmore Highland Games.)

Besides the ceilidh, some of the dancers will also be competing at the Fraser Valley Competition on Saturday, and the following week at the Santa’s Fling in Vancouver.

Saturday’s St. Andrew’s Family Ceilidh at the Schubert Centre starts at 7 p.m. and will also feature bagpipers, country dancers, prizes, draws, food and refreshments. Proceeds from the event go towards piping, drumming, and dancing scholarships for Vernon area youth.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, at The Bean Scene, Shear Dimensions Hair Design & Esthetics, The Argyll School of Celtic Arts in the Alpine Centre, or by calling 250-503-3886 or emailing


Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Okanagan Valley

Strong winds, rain, and lightning may be expected for Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton

Village Gallery exhibitor plays with myths of the west

Coldstream resident Ev McDougall’s “All Things West” exhibit will run until Aug. 31

Longtime Vernon restuarant has a Dew-Over

For the first time in its near 25-year history The Italian Kitchen in Vernon has a new menu

Vernon man grows tomato with an… unusual shape

The man could only conclude that it was a decidedly “male” tomato.

Vernon police look for vehicle that smashed into home

Fencing, landscaping suffer significant damage and minor injury to house on Vernon’s Okanagan Avenue

Vernon-based pop star Andrew Allen is back with a new band

Singer-songwriter Andrew Allen is bringing his new band home for a concert this Friday

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

$250,000 worth of property stolen from Okanagan storage

Police are investigating after a possible theft on the weekend

Supportive housing first step to healing: BC Housing CEO

Shayne Ramsay explains changes to Rutland’s McCurdy development

Central Okanagan motorcycle crash causes two impaired driving investigations

The driver’s injuries, although serious, are not believed to be life-threatening in nature

Most Read