"North America's Premier Celtic Event"

Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares "(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!" The Terrors use their Sonic blitz to score award winning Step and Highland Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers alike.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on 4 different continents; in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America including; Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Strand Capitol, PA, Oshkosh Opera House, WI, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Irish Festival, Newport, RI, and Good Morning America, a full list is available upon request. Join the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat Magazine hails them as "the heirs apparent to the [Celtic] mayhem".
 

   Touring Terrors (not all artists will appear at all venues)
 

Ellen Wilkes Irmisch
Ellen has been co-directing the Tartan Terrors with her brother since 1996; and she feels incredibly blessed to work with such incredible fellow artists. She has performed throughout North America in numerous Theatres, Festivals, Renaissance Faires and Corporate Events. Past performance credits include: Carousel and Our Town-Stratford Festival, Beatrice-Much Ado about Nothing, Viola-Twelfth Night, Belle-Scrooge, Tim Allen's The Santa Clause, Anne of Green Gables II. Choreography highlights include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Memories of the Rat Pack, Much Ado about Nothing, A Christmas Carol, Ontario Renaissance Faire, Great Lakes Medieval Faire, Hello Dolly, Motown Review, Jasper Station and the Canadian Premier of Norm Foster's Sitting Pretty. She has performed with many artists Celtic artists, including, Bonnie Rideout. Al Pettaway, John Doyle and Matt Bell. A member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD), Ellen is Fellow in Ballet, Stage, Highland, and a member Scottish National, Step Dance and Freestyle. She has taught for over 29 years and until 2009 headed up the Academy of Film & Performing Arts, a facility her mother started in 1961. She is a member of Actra, CAEA and AFM and has received training at York University, Ryerson University Dance Program, and is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre Program. One of Ellen's greatest pride of being a Tartan Terror is the work the band has done to support Breast Cancer and other charitable organizations. She is ever grateful to have been introduced to Kal Hourd's piece: "When Pink is Just a Color Again." When off the stage Ellen is busy being an Independent Consultant and Area Manager with Arbonne International, and enjoys teaching children and teens First Nations and Environmental Studies at Conservation Halton.

One of Ellen's Lifelong Dreams is to have the Terrors perform for Oprah Winfrey!

 
 

Ian Wilkes Irmisch
Ian is co-artistic director with his sister of the Tartan Terrors. He has an extensive career in the professional arts. At the age of 5 he had already performed in the prestigious Great Hall of Hamilton Place, and he has never looked back since! Ian holds credentials with ACTRA, CAEA, and the AFM. Ian has appeared with the Spirit of a Nation Tour, Charlottetown Festival, Robin Hood, Ross Petty Productions, 42nd Street, Hamilton Theatre Inc, Brigadoon, Drury Lane Productions and across the UK performing in 32 performances. He has appeared in a number of film and television productions including: Death to Smoochy-Robin Williams, Superstar-Molly Shannon, Road to Avonlea-Sarah Polley, The Santa Clause-Tim Allen. As child he has trained at his mom's school Sundance Studios, and went onto Ryerson University, under the direction of Nadia Potts of the National Ballet, Sheridan College, and in New York City. In 1996, the Wilkes-Irmisch siblings formed the Tartan Terrors, and Celtic performances have never been the same since. Ian has performed his way through Canada, The United States, and Great Britain. One of Ian's goals is to own his own brewery whose chief export is 6 ft tall bottles of Schooner Beer!

 
 

Jarred Albright
Jarred Albright has played the violin since he was seven years old and music has been his focus ever since. He started off playing classical music but quickly switched to the fiddle style learning Celtic, folk, old-tyme, and bluegrass before entering post-secondary to pursue jazz performance there. Since then he has endeavoured to teach himself to sing and play mandolin, guitar, banjo and ukulele. In 2012 he and Ben Plotnick were awarded the 10k20 grant from Rawlco radio and their bluegrass duo recorded the self-titled CD Rye & Fairy Tales, to much acclaim. He has spent most of his time since then in Toronto, but is happy to call himself an Albertan again! 

Music has taken him around the world including the United States, South Korea, Scotland, England, and Ireland. Having recently returned from Toronto to his hometown of Calgary, these days Jarred keeps busy gigging his diverse instrument set with an equally diverse set of musical acts. He also shares his love of music with his many students and is excited to be seeing the continent as a Tartan Terror.

 
 

Emily Yarascavitch
Emily began step-dancing at age 4 and took up the fiddle a short time later. Her love for both led her to the competition circuit at 6 years of age. She has classical violin training through the Royal Conservatory of Music and plays various fiddle styles.

Emily has won such prestigious titles as: 12 and Under Canadian Junior Champion; 18 and Under Maritime Fiddle and Stepdance Champion; 18 and Under Junior Canadian Champion; a Grand Masters Junior Showcase Performer; Canadian Open Duet Champion; and a Canadian Grand Masters finalist. 

She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Honours Sciences with Minors in Biology and Music. Emily released her debut CD "My Passion" in 2009 and released another with her trio, Branches of Silver in 2015. She has toured with the Scott Woods Band and plays regularly with the Nathan MacDonald Duo and Branches of Silver. Emily is currently a full time violin and stepdance instructor in
Oshawa, ON.

 
 

Daniel Pentecost
Daniel Pentecost began playing the violin at 12 years old.  He began by studying the Suzuki violin method with Beverly Drukker.  Moving quickly through the method, he began playing with youth orchestras in the area including The Sumner County Youth Symphony, and The Youth Strings Orchestra at the Blair School of music.

Shortly after starting the violin, Daniel began studying the bagpipes. Playing throughout high school and college, he competed in solo competitions throughout the southeast, eventually making it to an Amateur Grade II classification. He also had the honor of competing with such bagpipe bands as Nashville Pipes and Drums, The Tennessee Scots Pipe Band, and The Atlanta Pipe Band.  

When he was 14, he started studying different fiddling styles with Crystal Plohman at the Blair School of Music and played in the group Fiddle Frenzy, which she directed.  It was also at this time that he first saw Barrage, a fiddling group based out of Calgary, Alberta.  It was Barrage that inspired Daniel to pursue music as a career.

In high school, Daniel studied classical violin with Erin Hall, Assistant Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony.  iss Hall prepared him for auditions with the Nashville Youth Repertory Orchestra, which he played with for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons, as well as the Curb Youth Symphony, which he played with for the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons. He also continued his studies of fiddling styles with Craig Duncan, member of the North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame and author of numerous fiddling books.  

Daniel attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he majored in Commercial Violin with emphases in Performance, and Composition and Arranging. There he had the honor of studying violin with Elisabeth Small, Tammy Rogers-King, and Tracy Silverman; composition with Dr. Bryan Clark; and arranging with Dr. Jeff Kirk. While at Belmont he performed with The Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, Southbound, and Phoenix. He performed in 3 broadcasts of Christmas at Belmont, played fiddle with Jenna Basso in both the Country and The Best of the Best Showcases, and was part of the house band for the 2010 Commercial Music Showcase.  

After graduating with honors from Belmont, he auditioned for, and was hired by Barrage. He toured with Barrage from August 2010 till May 2012. While with Barrage he played in 8 different countries on 3 continents. These tours included 2 tours to China, 3 to the Netherlands, and 2 to Italy. He performed with them for festivals; awards shows; and Beijing TV's Global Gala broadcast for the 2012 Chinese New Years Celebrations at the Water Cube, home of the 2008 Olympic aquatic events.  

Now a permanent Nashville resident, Daniel is continuing to pursue a career in music.  He performs regularly with The Field Larks, Autumn Rose, Gary Ray, The Tartan Terrors, Jared Mitchell, Jamie Tate, The Lockets and www.meganmoreaux.com, and is enjoying teaching in the Middle Tennessee area.

 
 

Jake Saenz
Jake is a Toronto based bass guitar and guitar player. Jake plays in a handfull of bands playing covering all genres of music including hard rock, country, folk and celtic. After playing many different instruments ranging from drums and bagpipes to guitar and piano, Jake ultimately chose to focus on bass guitar and guitar. Jake regularly gigs around Toronto and the GTA with Big Otter Creek as well as a bunch of singer songwriters. Jake has been fortunate enough to have traveled a lot growing up and therefore got to experience a vast amount of music around the world first hand.

 
 

Phill Hood
Phill is a singer/songwriter and performer from St. John's, Newfoundland. Since moving to Toronto in 2003, he has been blessed over the years to share the stage with many of the city's most talented musicians! Phill spends most of his time playing Celtic and Rock music in many venues across the GTA aka the Greater Toronto Area, whether it be with his cover band with band mate Jon Mccann, "Ladyshake", or as a solo artist - www.myspace.com/phillhood, there is rarely a moment that Phill is not wielding his guitar and singling a soulful melody! Having grown up in rugged Newfoundland, Phill was exposed to Celtic music and culture at a very early age, but did not truly embrace it until he left his homeland to study music in Toronto and started to miss the sounds that reminded him most of home. Having honed his craft in many a dark pub, Phill quickly found himself in a network of similar minded musicians and began working with fiddlers on a regular basis, trying to match the music of his roots with the flare and passion of a modern rock show. 2014 marks Phill's third year with the Tartan Terrors, and if you haven't met him at a show yet, then you'll usually find him either serenading a group of people with a sing along, or carrying on with locals at a nearby pub.

 
 

Chris Kerba
A 20 year guitar veteran, Chris is proud to suit up in blue!   For the past 10 years, he has played professionally both with the Tartan Terrors, and Eclectic Revival. In addition to playing guitar, Chris is also an accomplished Bodhran player. His take on classic Celtic tunes, as well as new age music will have you singing all the way home! 

In addition to his love for music, Chris also a professional comedian, actor, writer, and director.

 
 

Charlie McKitterick
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Charles Richard Thomas McKittrick fell in love with drums at age 9.  He fell in love with rhythm and music long before that when he discovered a pair of pipe band drumsticks in his Father's closet at age 6, and has been leading straight from the heart ever since.  His hometown of Hamilton, ON provided many early opportunities as a budding musician, including the year he was percussionist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Over the course of his 20+ years playing, Charles (or Charlie as he is most often called) has toured North America extensively with such bands as MicLordz & Sauce Funky (M.L.S.F.) and TimeGiant.  TimeGiant would also provide him the privilege of travelling to Germany and Singapore to perform in front of international audiences.  Some notable acts that he has been able to share the stage with include: Snoop Dogg, The Tea Party, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Headstones, Sam Roberts Band, The Trews and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill.  

In 2009 Charlie earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor where he studied classical music as a percussion major under the direction of Dr. Bryan Malito and Dr. Nicholas Papador. For the last 10 years Mr. McKittrick has been an active drum instructor, providing one-on-one lessons either as a contractor at various professional facilities or at his own private studio.  

Aside from drumming with Tartan Terrors, Charlie also performs with Andria Simone, Henry Taylor & The Longhorse Rangers, Flat 5, Nighttime Ritual, Jeremy De Freitas, Jay Macedo, Ladyshake and Phill Hood & The Exclamation.  Being a singing multi-instrumentalist, Charlie often appears solo where he plays acoustic guitar and sings either his original material, or from a 300+ cover song repertoire.  Pit band work is another area of music that Charlie has had the chance to explore, including drum performances of Little Shop Of Horrors, The Phantom and Evita.  A recent highlight for Mr. McKittrick saw him drumming for Finger Eleven at the 2016 Edge CASBY Music Awards.

Aside from performing and teaching full-time, Charlie is composing video game music for Once Upon A Time In The 80's as well as recording his debut solo album entitled Spirit Of Change.  What’s next for "The Kit Trick" McKittrick?  The answer lies just on the other side of his unwavering decision to dedicate the reminder of this lifetime to his very first true love; music.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love, you make."
- The Beatles

 
 

Peter  McArthur
I received most of my instruction from Bill Caudill at St. Andrew's University in Laurinburg, NC. I also spent many years attending the North American Academy of Piping summer school at Valle Crucis, NC where I received very influential instruction from Sandy Jones, Bill Logan, Ed Neigh, Colin MacLellan, and other major figures. In addition, I've attended many weekend workshops with world class players like Alasdair Gillies, Bob Worrall, and Ken Eller.

I am Pipe Sergeant with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band, a group that has consistently been the Grade III band to beat in the South for 20 years. (There is a very small number of Grade II/I bands in the US). I'm the Pipe Major for the Cross Creek Pipes and Drums in Fayetteville, and also teach the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band. The Wake and District Pipe Band in Raleigh recently brought me along to help tune and troubleshoot for a Grade III contest in Chicago. In the past, I taught and set up the Cape Fear Highlanders out of Wilmington during their undefeated year in Grade IV. I also performed with the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums during their second run in Grade II at the North American Championship.

With 25 years of performance experience, I have the perspective to read an event and make decisions about how to handle unexpected changes in the plan. I'm also very flexible generally and happy to do what the moment calls for to make everything go very well.

 
 

 Artist Alternates

 

Sean Bellamy
Sean Bellamy, a Nashville, TN native, is a touring bassist who has played with a wide array of acts stemming from country bands and blues groups, to funk dance bands and traditional steel drum ensembles.  His former groups include The Matte Gray Band, Hillbilly Bastards, The Middle Tennessee State University Steel Drum Ensemble and the Andrew Velez Band.  Most recently Sean has been an active member of Nashville's "Broadway Music Scene."

At the modest age of 27, he has played a variety of venues including Nashville's famous Broadway scene in which he is a prominent figure, the Riverfront Festival in Chattanooga, TN where his band opened up for Florida Georgia Line, the opening of the Tequila Cowboy in West Palm Beach, FL, as well as played both the Tin Roof and college circuits, focusing mainly on SEC and ACC affiliated schools.

Sean Bellamy has studied electric bass under Sean O'Bryan Smith and Victor Wooten, Jazz upright with Jonathan Wires and Jim Ferguson, and classical techniques with Tim Pearson.  He completed his Bachelor of Music Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015.  Mr. Bellamy interned with world renowned bassist Victor Wooten at the ‘Victor Wooten Center for Music and Nature' in the summer of 2014.

Sean currently serves as an Assistant Audio Engineer and Production Assistant at Anam Multimedia and Alchematic Studios in the Nashville area.

 
 

Greig Cairns
Greig grew up in a Scottish-Canadian household in Southwestern Ontario, and was greatly influenced by his Glasgow-born parents' love of Scottish music, dance, and culture. First picking up a guitar at the age of 10, Greig quickly realized the joy of playing music was best shared with others, and has always been driven to play and perform with a variety of musicians.

Greig was lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of his first band, The Gurriers, which released two albums of original material in the celtic-rock genre. Although they met with some regional success in Ontario, Greig formed Pokerface, a mostly rock-oriented band with some folk/roots elements. Greig took the band to Vancouver in the mid-90's, where it quickly dissolved into the forests, mountains and ocean. While in Vancouver, some Irish traditional music aficionados took Greig under their wing and got him hooked on the reels and jigs, and Greig discovered the joy of backing traditional Irish musicians with guitar accompaniment. At the same time, he joined Celtic/roots-rock act Prydwen, recording two full-length albums and touring extensively throughout Canada and the UK.

Greig returned to Ontario in 2002, moving to Toronto and quickly becoming a staple of the Irish pub music scene there, as well as joining Toronto-based Irish trad band Spraoi. Greig now plays guitar, electric bass, bouzouki, mandolin and tenor banjo in addition to his vocal duties.

 
 

Peter J. Corneil
Before joining the Tartan Terrors, Pete was a professional wrestler with the Hardcore Wrestling Federation, Extreme Wrestling Coalition, Neo-Spirit Pro Wrestling, Ring Wars and X-Treme International Championship Wrestling. This led naturally into his certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists. (No...Seriously.) He has also appeared in numerous films, theatre and television productions including: Twelfth Night, Sarasota, Florida, Snow White and the Magnificent Seven, Ross Petty Productions, Toronto, ON, First Night, Sky Dome, Toronto, ON, "Godsend" and the Jesse Ventura Story.

Pete hosts "Prairies II Projects on 93.3 CFMU every Wednesday morning. He can be seen doing stand up at Yuks Yuks, as well as at a number of venues in the Greater Toronto Area. Check out more details at www.petecorneil.com. He has degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Computer Science; he is putting his University education to good use! Pete is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and has stated: "As a Professional Wrestling Personality, Musician, Hypnotist, Stand-up Comic, and Radio host, I've got a lot of stories and learned a lot more lessons. If only I could remember half of them!!"

 
 

Keith McGonigle
Keith is an active musician currently living in Nashville, TN.  Keith has played for various bands and artists with styles ranging from Rock, Metal, Blues, Funk, Alt. Country, Jazz and Electro Rock Disco.  Some artists include Kid Is Qual, Sarah Gayle Meech, Crobot, Skooly D, Soul Ragga, Todd Wolfe, Charles Fambrough, Mike Dugan and many others.

Keith also kept a busy schedule as a teacher doing both private lessons and serving as Percussion Teacher at The Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School (charterarts.org) for 7 years.  To see some of what Keith is doing check out his YouTube and Soundcloud pages or find him on Facebook.

       

 
 

Sean Mc Keown
Sean began learning bagpipes at the age of 12, and went nearly undefeated in amateur solo competition in North America over the next four years. From 1994 to 1997, with the Milton Optimist Pipe Band, he won the 1994 Juvenile World Championships, 1997 Grade Three World Championships (both held in Glasgow), and multiple Ontario, Canadian, US and North American titles. In 1997, a lung collapse and surgery to remove a small portion of it led to his bagpiping being sidetracked and a slow recovery. In high school, Sean took home awards for swimming, rugby and football, an Athlete of the Year award, and nominated for Best All-Round Student award. He went on to graduate from the University of Toronto in 2004 with a BPHE; playing on the on the Varsity Rugby and Football teams. Sean joined the Toronto Police Grade One Pipe Band in 1999, and was Pipe Sergeant from the 2004 season through 2006 season. As Pipe Sergeant, they won one Canadian title, three US titles, two North American titles, and overall Ontario Champion Supreme titles twice. He is now a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders www.78thfrasers.net. Since returning to solo competition, Sean has won top prizes over some of the world's top solo competitors at open and invitational contests, with tuition from Bill Livingstone. Sean has been a member of the Tartan Terrors for over 5 years, and has created a number of outstanding pieces including: Awakening and his adaptation of Pachelbels' Cannon. Sean's compositions are currently being played by pipers at home, in Scotland and around the world. He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians