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Enter the Haggis

Background information
Also known as ETH
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Explosive Canadian Celtic Fusion
Years active 1996 to present
Labels United For Opportunity
Brian Buchanan
Craig Downie
Trevor Lewington
Mark Abraham
James Campbell
Former members
Duncan Cameron - Fiddle
Owen Pallett - Fiddle
Tom "Teemie" Paterson - Guitars
Ken Horne - Drums
Rob "Rodent" McCrady - Bass and vocals
Donald Quan - multi-instrumentalist

Enter the Haggis is a Canadian world Celtic rock band based in Toronto, Canada. Commonly called ETH, the band has been playing and recording since 1996. Their latest studio album, "Gutter Anthems" is the band's seventh studio album. Recorded in Fall 2008 at The Hive in Toronto and Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, the record was released on March 24, 2009 on new model indie label United For Opportunity. It is a combination of rousing drinking songs with well-arranged rock and pop tunes.

The name is a reference to the diverse nature of the band's sound. Like Haggis (the food) the sound of ETH is a mixture of diverse and unusual elements, brought together to create something new.

Since its birth in 1996, ETH has kept a rigorous concert schedule, playing in wide ranging venues in Canada, Europe, and the United States. They have made appearances at such events as the Folk im Schlosshof in Bonfeld, Germany, the Vancouver Island MusicFest in Courtenay, BC, Irish2000 in Albany, New York, The Central Florida Scottish Festival in Orlando, Florida, Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA, MusicFest in Bethlehem, PA, Chicago Irish Fest in Chicago, Illinois, the Rochester Irish Festival, Rochester, NY, the world famous Irish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and The Great American Irish Festival in Frankfort, NY.


Band members


Brian Buchanan

  • Instruments: Vocals, fiddle, keyboard
  • Gear: Violin by Franz Langhammer, bow by G. Werner, Thomastic Dominant strings, Alvarez acoustic guitar
  • Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario

Craig Downie

Trevor Lewington

  • Instruments: Vocals, guitar
  • Gear: Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster, Yamaha Acoustics, Marshall 900 series, Elixir Nanoweb strings (light gauge).
  • Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
  • Influences: Jag Tanna, The Edge, David Gilmour

Mark Abraham

James Campbell

TV Appearances

The PBS Special

In July 2003 the band played a show to about 20,000 people at the annual Mayor's Cup festival in Plattsburgh New York. At the show, the band was approached by two gentlemen in the TV industry who proposed the idea of filming a live show and releasing as a DVD special to PBS (a network with whom they had many connections). In December that year, the band returned to Plattsburgh and recorded 2 nights of shows at Plattsburgh State University's "Hartman Theater" to throngs of ETH fans. The special was released months later to PBS and aired on many stations across the US. The DVD is available for purchase from the band's website.

A&E Breakfast With the Arts

In 2006 the band performed two songs on the award winning show. "Gasoline" from Casualties of Retail and "One Last Drink" from Soapbox Heroes.

Live with Regis and Kelly

On March 16, 2007 the band performed on the Live with Regis and Kelly program before a live studio audience. The songs chosen were "One Last Drink" a song written by Lewington with a Celtic flavor from their album Soapbox Heroes, and "Minstrel Boy" a distinctive rendition of a familiar Irish tune. The latter song appears on their album Casualties of Retail. The band was probably selected to appear because their Celtic sound fit well with the approaching St. Patrick's Day. [1]



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