151st Anniversary - Caledonian Games

Pleasanton, September 3, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

The Red Thistle Dancers accompanied by Red Thistle Music and bagpipes celebrated with thousands attending the Scottish Gathering and  Games in Northern California on September 3, 2015.   The Caledonian Club of San Francisco's Scottish Highland Gathering and Games have taken place every year since 1866. They have survived World Wars, earthquakes, economic depressions and Bay Bridge closures. Since that inaugural event in San Francisco's Hayes Park, the scale of the Games has grown every year.  


Over the years, the Games have been held at various locations in San Francisco, Sausalito and Oakland before settling on Santa Rosa in 1962. The Games remained there for the next 32 years, hosting the Centennial Games of 1965 and the first U.S. Invitational Heavy Events Championships in 1975. In 1994, the Games moved again to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton where they've been held ever since.



The dance program of The Red Thistle Dancers included Scottish Country Dance medleys, Scottish Ladies' Step Dance, and Highland Dancing, accompanied by Red Thistle Music and Great Highland bagpipes and Scottish smallpipes.

Tartan of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Red Thistle Music


Scottish Country Dance Medley 

Highland Dance 


Scottish Country Dance Medley


Scottish Ladies' Step Dance


Scottish Country Dance Medley


Highland Dance


Scottish Country Dance Medley


Highland Dance


Scottish Country Dance Medley



Opening Musical Prelude


Cross Purposes/Marianna's Strathspey/Rosemary's Reel


The Sailor's Hornpipe 


Hooked on Bells/Millbrae Station/Uncle Isaac


Bonnie Dundee  (click for video)


Mr. Smith's Delight/The Thornes Among the Thistles (click for video) 


Tribute to J. L. McKenzie 


Serendipity/Lady in Red (click for video)


Double Threesome Broadswords


Finale - End of Summer Suite: August, September, October (Michael Bentley's Bodhran)








The Program


Highland Dance - Tribute to J.L. McKenzie

Scottish Country Dance - Marianna's Strathspey

Highland Dance - Sailor's Hornpipe

Great Highland Bagpipes

Scottish Country Dance - Marianna's Strathspey

Red Thistle Music playing for Scottish Country Dance, Mr. Smith's Delight

Scottish Country Dance - Autumn Posy

Sep 3, 2016

Highland Dance - Broadswords

Sep 3, 2016

Highland Dance - Tribute to J. L. McKenzie