In the words of The Irish Rovers “wasn’t that a party…”  Last night, Beach Celtic Festival Founder Sandy Graham and Meghan Bold of Bold Step Dancers hosted a fundraiser for the upcoming festival of all things Celtic (Sept. 6 & 7) at Murphy’s Law Pub in Toronto’s east end and boy, what a Highland fling it was…..complete with pipes, musicians, dancers and really great food (and lots of liquid refreshments, of course). Here, Meghan welcomes everyone at the door….

20140807_184836 20140807_184903 20140807_193825…..and after a good dinner, we all kicked up our heels with the lovely lassies on the dance floor

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…and listened to some great music courtesy of Thomas Wade and Don Graham on guitar…

Thomas Wade & Don Graham

 … then “Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost” (below)

Old Man Flanagan's Ghost (OMFG)

and we were all serenaded by piper Rory Sinclair (of “Caledon Country”)

Piper Rory Sinclair of Caledon County

Even old friends from Route 66, Toronto’s premiere 50’s/60’s club Sandy ran in the 70’s & 80’s turned up.  Here’s Sandy (below)  with Al “Phonzie” Kurtz who used to spend lots of happy days and nights with us at the Route.

Producer Sandy Graham and Al 'Phonzie' Kurtz

Then we all bought draw tickets, hoping to win some of the great prizes donated by our favourite sponsors and corporate friends including passes to Medieval Times, The McMichael Collection and other great attractions. I bought an arm’s length of tickets hoping to win something shiny and blingy….

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…and I did!! A pretty necklace that I intend to wear this weekend.


Lots of happy party guests went home with all sorts of loot after buying tickets and raising funds to support the Beach Celtic Festival.

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Some of the younger guests (below) were adorable and entertained us with Scottish and step dancing. Lots of fun…lots of noise. I must admit, I let out a few Braveheart-like whoops and hollers. Mel would be proud of me…but I needed his blue battle make-up to be really authentic!

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Cashbox Canada music journo Lenny Stoute was there with his lovely lady Jane….

Miss Jane and Lenny Stoute - Cashbox Magazine

…and Sandy enjoyed a family get-together with singer/songwriter brother Don (below)

Singer Songwriter Don Graham

Check out for details of this year’s gathering of the clans at Kew Gardens in the Beach, and visit the lovely folks at Murphy’s Law pub who will greet you with the best of Highland hospitality


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