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Jamie McGeechan to Play Archer in Robert the Bruce Film

Image via littlefiremusic.com

Our friend Jamie McGeechan, aka talented singer-songwriter Little Fire, has some exciting news! He has been cast as an archer in the upcoming original Netflix movie, Outlaw King, which is now filming in Scotland!

Outlaw King is an exciting new historical epic that will center around Robert the Bruce! The film will tell the story of how the 14th Century Scottish “Outlaw King” was able to defeat the occupying English army in the Wars of Scottish Independence. The movie, directed by Scottish director David Mackenzie, will star Chris Pine as Robert The Bruce. Other actors appearing in the movie include Billy Howle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Callan Mulvey, and Florence Pugh. 

Jamie McGeechan, who joined The American-Scottish Foundation® in New York to perform at our Burns Night Celebration in 2015 and during NYC Tartan Week in recent years, will be busy filming through the end of the year.

We hope to see Jamie back in the US in 2018 – that is, if he has time to drop his bow and arrow and take a trip to the Big Apple! 

The Music of New York Tartan Week

New York Tartan Week is just around the corner and what a fantastic celebration it will be with people coming from all over the globe to experience a uniquely brilliant event which has something to offer everyone.

New York Tartan Week is a celebration of Scottish-American heritage culture and community and a brilliant experience which will see you wanting to come back each year for more!

Music plays a central role in celebrating that shared community and culture; the music traditions brought over by Scots have survived and thrived in North America to this very day.

It’s fair to say that the shared passion for music and culture has brought about real fusion and development of new style and approach whilst respecting the traditions of the past. Discovering new ways, paths and approaches has always been central to the Scottish-American identity and nowhere is this more evident in the culture and creations borne from our partnership and shared legacy.

Music, as with the Scots-American heritage itself has experienced real innovation and fusion over the past few hundred years and you can hear Scottish influences in everything from Appalachian, folk and even country music.

It’s fantastic that the old traditions are preserved an continued by many talented and passionate musicians across North America, some of which are performing at NYC Tartan Week this year alongside some musical guests from Scotland also! With live music performances all over the city there’s something for everyone and of course with a huge amount of pipe bands marching in the Tartan Week Parade on April 8th you can experience something truly unforgettable.

Musical performances at Tartan Week this year include:


April  3:
Kyle Carey
St Andrews Pub - 8pm (free)


April  4:
Emerald Rae
St Andrews Pub - 8pm (free)


April 5:
Little Fire 

Beer Authority - 6pm (free)

Wight Hot Pipes & Scottish Octopus
Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant - 8pm ($20)

Mike Ogletree
St Andrews Pub - 8pm (free)


April 6:
Little Fire 
Deacon Brodies - 3pm (free)

Tartan Day Observance 
The Highland Divas, St Columba School Pipe Band
Bryant Park 12:30pm

Kodak Ghosts
St Andrews Pub - 8pm (free)


April  7:
Mike Ogletree
Pre-Parade Ceilidh- 6pm

Little Fire 
St Andrews Pub - 8pm (free)

The Highland Divas & Guests
The Cutting Room - 10:30pm
(Tickets $25/30 adv)
  - Purchase tickets here.


April 8:
The Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace Bryant Park  (Free)
11:35am – Lathallan School Pipe Band
11:55am – Oban School Pipe Band
12:15pm – Bonnie Brae Knights Drummers
12:30pm – St Columba School Pipe Band
12:45pm – Shamrock & Thistle

Post Parade Party
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 4:00pm
Glengarry Bhoys, Gleadhraich, Scottish Octopus, Wight Hot Pipes, The Highland Divas
(Tickets $85 reserved/$65 general admission) Purchase tickets here.

James MacMillan – St. Luke Passion: New York Premiere
St. Bartholomew’s Church - 8pm
(Tickets $40 Balcony/$50 Prime Seating) Purchase tickets here.


– Jamie McGeechan
Music Reporter for the American Scottish Foundation

Celtic Connection logo Jamie McGeechan aka Little Fire has sent through news from
Celtic Connection music festival.

Celtic Connection is Glasgow’s annual music festival, now in it’s 22nd year, and featuring the best of Scottish music talent. It is now the largest winter music festival in the drawing artists, and audiences, from around the globe.

Kris-Kristofferson-460x250The lineup of artists is enormous, from       Kris Kristofferson headlining The Roaming Roots Revue, to The Chieftains, Rickie Lee Jones, Eddi Reader to the great reception for the Scottish debut of Songs of Seperation, the ten women collective featuring New York based Scot, Hannah Read.

With over 2000 artists performing at the festival in over 300 concerts there really is something for everyone and for all tastes.

Old Fruitmarket ExternalPrimarily folk, roots and world music, the festival is a cross-pollination of artists from different countries and musical genres.  There are wonderful concerts for over two weeks at such venues as The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the The Old Fruitmarket, Òran Mór to name but a few.

Some of the highlights at Celtic Connections 2016 so far include;

James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan,                                                                  Tron Theatre, 19th January

yorkston  James Yorkston is one of the most respected and innovative members of the Scottish folk scene,. He has played a huge part in development of musicians such as KT Tunstall,               King Creosote and The Pictish Trail. The performance at Celtic Connections showed his continued ability to innovate, engage and evolve.

Youngston was joined by New Delhi based musician Suhail Yusuf Khan and expert double bass player Jon Thorne.

Alan Frew,                                                                   ALan Frew CConnection
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 21st January

As part of a special broadcast for Celtic Music Radio Scottish singer-songwriter Alan Frew performed a captivating set which had the audience spellbound.

Playing tracks from his debut album Go Easy, he combined talented guitar playing with beautiful, haunting vocals. Alan was a joy to listen to performing fan favourites Mary Go and Denise is Gone.

Roaming Roots Revue,
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall , 23rd January

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The Roddy Hart curated musical feast is one of the major highlights of the festival with a different theme each year, with talent drawn from across the globe.  This year the theme was of the Troubadour – the wandering music maker and minstrel – and the supporting cast brought together a cross section of the best presented at Celtic Connections.

International star Kris Kristofferson topped the bill of talent including Justin Currie, Blue Rose Code, Honeyblood and Frazey FordA fantastic evening.

                             

songs of seperation performingSongs of Seperation          MitchellTheatres, 24th January

This brilliant project involves some of the very best female folk artists in the UK coming together for a collaborative initiative and meeting of minds, cultures and hearts.

The artists were brought together to write and record original material drawing on the theme of separation; between communities, countries and loved ones.

This project is truly something unique and their performance at Celtic Connections was their Scottish debut. It’s hard to describe just how wonderful this concert was but I can safely say it’s one of the most special experiences I’ve ever had.

Songs of Separation album is released on January 29th, don’t miss it.

A major triumph of talents, skill from some of the finest musicians Britain has produced – Eliza Carthy, Hannah Read, Hannah James, Hazel Askew, Jenn Butterworth, Jenny Hill, Karine Polwart, Kate Young, Mary Macmaster and Rowan Rheingans.
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There are so many fantastic gigs at Celtic Connections featuring so many brilliant talents that it’s quite impossible to even get to a fraction of the concerts I’d like to.

Sometimes the unexpected gigs I find myself at can be some amongst the most memorable of concerts.

The Festiva lClub and Late Night Sessions see brilliant talent popping up in venues across the city with the music going into the wee small hours.

Where else would you rather be?

Hope to see you at Celtic Connections next year!
www.celticconnections.com

Burns Night is Almost Here!

As Burns Night quickly approaches, and festivities are in full swing, let’s take a look back in time at this centuries-old celebration and its namesake bard!

  • Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s most celebrated national poets, is remembered throughout the world for his poems and compositions. His poem-turned-song, Auld Lang Syne, is a particular favorite to be sung at Hogmanay and New Year’s celebrations across the globe
  • Burns Night celebrations and suppers take place around the time of year of Robert Burns’s birthday and have been held for over 200 years to celebrate his life and work
  • The celebrations were originally instated by friends of Robert Burns to commemorate the five-year anniversary of his death
  • A traditional Burns supper will often involve haggis, whisky, and the recitation of Burns’s poetry (visit this online archive for a complete index of Burns’s works), as well as piping in the guests, an address to the haggis and a ‘toast to the lassies’

Test your knowledge of Burns Night with this quiz, and take a look at this fantastic video by AboutScotland for a short animation on the story of Robert Burns:

If you haven’t yet picked up your tickets for the 20th annual ASF Burns Night Gala Celebration on Friday, January 16 at The University Club of New York, there’s still time! We’re delighted that acclaimed Ayr singer Jamie McGeechan, known as “Little Fire,” will be joining us for the evening and playing music as part of the festivities. The supper will also feature the wonderful music of vocalist Maureen McMullen and Hannah Read and Friends.

Little Fire. Image courtesy of Iain Brown/Ayrshire Post

We can’t wait to see you and honor one of Scotland’s most celebrated poets in style, song, and verse!

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