Music & Dance

The Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Festival presents a variety of music and dance performances throughout the two-day event. 

Lt. J. Shadd Rohwer* Memorial Stage

Our main stage features musical performances by Celtic bands throughout the festival. Ranging from traditional to Celtic rock these regional bands showcase what there is to love about Celtic music!

2019 Lineup:

*Lt. J. Shadd Rohwer was a major part of the Aztec Highland Games for years and also our friend. He was a Farmington, New Mexico firefighter and was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2015; its circumstances qualify his death in 2018 as a LODD (Line of Duty Death).

Connie Gotcsh** Memorial Stage

Our secondary stage features bag pipe band, dance, musical, and educational performances and workshops throughout the event. 

2019 Lineup:

**Connie Gotsch was one of the original performer at the Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Festival, entertaining crowds with her story telling. After her passing in 2012 the Connie Gotsch Art Foundation was formed to support the arts in San Juan County, New Mexico. 




Highland Dance Competition

"Scottish Highland Dancing is a celebration of the Scottish spirit. The dances are a spectacular combination of strength, agility, movement, music, and costume. Unlike other dance mediums, Highland dances are generally danced solo and in competition. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by an accompanying bagpiper. The dances are made up of different parts, called steps and there are usually four or six steps to a dance. The dances are great fun and anyone, not just those with a Scottish heritage, who thrills to the sound of the bagpipe can join in and learn the dances."