Tartan Terrors

Tartan Terrors


The Tartan Terrors, North America's Premiere Celtic Event, are known for taking traditional Celtic music and dance, mixing it with blisteringly fast rock and roll beats and blending in their own unique Scottish Comedy. They are a full-tilted Celtic experience unlike any other on the market.


"...a no-holds-barred troupe which mixes Highland traditions with modern hijinks and a high degree of contemporary showmanship."
--Tom Knapp, Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine

The influence of the Tartan Terrors has gone well beyond the province of Ontario, Canada, where they make their home. Members have performed on over 4 continents and are a high energy phenomena in the United States, having been seen in Los Angeles, NYC, RI, PA, SC, FL, TX, MO, MN, and everywhere in between.

Begun by Ian and Ellen Wilkes Irmisch as a tribute to their late father, the Tartan Terrors bring together a Two-Time World Champion Bagpiper, internationally acclaimed musicians and comedians, and high paced championship caliber highland dancers to create a show that has brought standing room only audiences to every venue they have ever booked. Genieve Williams, Earth Tones Magazine, shouts from the rooftops "...the Tartan Terrors are the kind of group best experienced live..." And it is this panache for rousing audiences of all ages that have propelled the Terrors into forefront of Celtic Music.

Influenced by great traditional musicians and rock and roll favorites, top precision dancers from all over the world, and vaudeville style comedy they aren't just another band. They are a full-tilt experience.

Recently honored with a request to appear on a tribute CD to the late John Allan Cameron, along with Natalie McMaster and Great Big Sea, the musicians of the Tartan Terrors continue to be driven by a desire to push the envelope in Celtic Performance. By bringing together innovative music, dance and comedy the Tartan Terrors seek to give their audiences a high paced experience that appeals to college audiences and seasoned music appreciators.

The Tartan Terrors are also steeped with a tradition of giving back to the community and have raised over $200,000 for charities within North America. A cause close to their heart is Breast Cancer Research, and with a portion of all their CD sales going to this worthy fight, they are truly part of every community they perform in.

For the Holiday Season, please request information about the Tartan Terrors Celtic Christmas Show, perfect for a Winter Season audience draw.

Please check out the Tartan Terrors explosive energy and style at www.tartanterrors.com.

Full Performance Resume Available Upon Request
Larry Kosson
SMG Artists


Released CDs
A One Night Fling
Scots on The Rocks
Dressed to Kilt
Unpubbed (live)
Who's Your Paddy
Tartan Terrors Christmas

Released DVDs
The Quest
Live Behind Bars

Compilation CDs
Contributed 1 track (Lochleven) to "Here's to John Allan!", the John Allan Cameron tribute CD. This CD featured tracks from Leahy, John McDermott, Rita McNeil, Great Big Sea, Natalie McMaster, Ashley MacIssac, and many others.

Contributed as Guest Artists on "The Rogues Live in Canada, Eh?" (The Rogues).

Currently tracks are streaming on Celtic Radio (US), Armed Forces Radio (Global), YouTube, Homegrown Radio (NJ), Pulse of the Plaet radio (Spain), The Band House Live (US), Bad Bobs Rock Show (US), and Outfitters.TV Radio Live (US). Winner 2008 Ontario Independant Music Awards Best World Music.

Set List

With a vast library of original and traditional tunes, there is no end to the possibilities for a Tartan Terrors' Set. From the didgeridoo inspired rifts in Lochleven (original) to the blistering speed of the pipes in Itchy Scratchy (traditional) and the bass funk of Fusion (original) these boys and girls aim to please. A break neck trip through impeccable music, high-precision dancers, and hard-hitting comedy, the Tartan Terrors are a proven hit with all ages.

Numbers include:
John's Tune
Pachelbel's Canon
Scotland Depraved
Scottish Bells
Itchy Fingers
Slidey McSlide Slide
and much more!

Actual set lengths are tailored to each venue's needs and can run anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes long. Sets can occur once a day or multiple times per day depending on event.

For just a taste of the barrier breaking style, additional excerpts of their music are available on www.tartanterrors.com.

**Tartan Terrors also have a Holiday theme