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, where they have 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 brought together Two-Time World Champion Bagpipers, 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 penache for rousing audiences of all ages into a fevered frenzy of excitment that have propelled the Terrors into forefront of Celtic Music.
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 muscians of the Tartan Terrors continue to be driven by a desire to push the envelope in Celtic Music. By bringing together innovative music, dance and comedy the Tartan Terrors look 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.
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.