musician, Dr Kieron Cooney, also known as the ‘Piping Hot Doc’.
We started with one band on a wet afternoon at Robin Hill in 2011 to raise money for
local charities. Despite the rain we had a fabulous day in a wonderful location and
people seemed to enjoy it.
Over the years we began to introduce more bands and also involved lots of local
bands and dancers. Dr Cooney’s own band Wight Hot Pipes have played some
fabulous sets at the gathering from the very beginning and still close the show
This now internationally acclaimed band wh play a unique style of Celtic to dance
and rock music, they have played at
the Isle of Wight Festival across Europe and
even BB Kings, New York and Glastonbury, we are
lucky to have them supporting the
Island Highland Gathering, raising money for Island charities.
This year we will be supporting WightAID, a charity foundation that supports all
Island charities and community groups
The 2019 Gathering was held at in the beautiful grounds of Brading Roman Villa and
we were lucky to have the support of Red Funnel who have supported us over the
years in bringing bands and dancers over on the day on the ferries, a massive task
in the middle of the summer
The event has grown now and in 2019 we have 5 pipe bands from across the Country
as well as the Island Medina Marching Band. We have Scottish and Irish dancers and
hold a pipe and drum competition.
The event for many years has been opened by the Lord Lieutenant
Maj General Sir Martin White, who is now retiring, in 2019 our Chieftain was
High Sheriff, Geoff Underwood, who is also Charman of WightAID
In 2020 we will hope to bring you Scottish food, whisky tasting, BBQ, Bar,
Tea and Cakes and lots of Island craft stall, and a display of Classic Cars and
much more and maybe a change of venue!
The Island Highland Gathering is organised by a small committee entirely to
raise money for charity and to bring something different to the Island