Sadok Ukrainian dancers with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band

Sadok Ukrainian dancers with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band

Cultures connect for Celtic Revival

Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band head east of Scotland for upcoming concert at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Hussar boots and the colourful, floral costumes of Ukrainian dance may be a long way from the kilts of the Scottish Highlands, but in Vernon next weekend, they will blend as part of the Celtic Revival concert.

Hosted by Vernon’s very own Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band, the revival celebrates just about everything Celtic, but is also heading to eastern Europe for a culturally diverse showcase featuring local talent.

Joining the pipers and drummers from the Kalamalka Highlanders and its junior company, the Arran Campbell Youth Memorial Pipe Band, will be dancers from the Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Highland dancers from the Argyll School of Performing Arts and Motion and the Scottish Country Dancers.

“Want to know how Scottish pipers and Ukrainian dancers can be related? All will be explained at the concert,” said Kalamalka Highlanders president Norm Crerar.

Also performing will be djembe drummers, the visiting Shuswap Pipes and Drums, a flute soloist, vocal soloists, a pipe band choir, and the band-within-a-band, Kilt.45.

“A few years ago, four members of the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band thought it might be fun to form a small band to share with the world their vast and diverse musical talents. They came up with the brilliantly clever name of Kilt.45,” said Highlanders drum sergeant Neil Morrison, who is part of the group.

The band quickly and effortlessly learned and perfected several Celtic-type tunes and every once and a while, when the universe needs a little treat, they perform for grateful audiences, and the Celtic Revival concert at the PAC is one such event.

The Celtic Revival at the Performing Arts Centre is Saturday, Nov. 9  at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25/adult, $20/senior, and $18 student/child at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469,