Enter the Haggis to visit the Capital District

Enter the Haggis continue their fall tour with an appearance at the Cohoes Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 20. This is the last leg of their 15-city tour covering New England and the mid-Atlantic.

Caroline Browning of Asheville has joined on bass guitar, adding more female energy to the line-up. Her musical talents include keyboard, mandolin, and vocal harmonies.

Photo: Lee Hetherington

Craig Downie, founding member of Enter the Haggis, looks forward to introducing the band to the Cohoes stage:

“Finally, after years of playing, we’re going to perform in a venue haunted by a Vaudeville Ghost. It is said that Eva Tanguay, a famous Canadian performer who died in 1947, still haunts the Cohoes Music Hall. Artists are encouraged to leave tributes to ward off bad performances. We’ll definitely bring her a bottle of Canadian rye whiskey from the Duty Free!”

Downie is the cornerstone of the band’s multi-instrumental prowess, switching between bagpipes, trumpet, Irish whistle, and harmonica. Front and center are lead vocalists Brian Buchanan (fiddle, guitars, keys) and Trevor Lewington (guitars, songwriting). Tom Barraco’s drum kit adds hard-hitting percussive drive. Rose Baldino (fiddle, vocals) and Browning balance out the previously male-dominated group.

The trajectory of the Canadian Celtic rockers spans two decades since a 2003 PBS special, “Live at Lanigan’s Ball,” brought them into an American orbit.

Enter the Haggis lifted off into 2023 from January’s inaugural Camp Haggis. The band hosted a 3-day weekend of performances and participatory activities, taking over an entire lakeside resort in Vermont. The event was attended by 200 ETH fans from across the country and will repeat in 2024.

Known for pristine acoustics and an intimate concert experience, the historic Cohoes Music Hall is on the third floor at the corner of Remsen and Cayuga Streets. An elevator lends access from the free municipal lot or the alley behind the building, making the music hall accessible to persons with disabilities. Tickets for Enter the Haggis are $38 plus fees. Showtime is 8:00 with doors at 7:00. Black Mountain Symphony opens. Visit the Cohoes Music Hall site for more information.

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