ASF Fortnightly ScotsInTheUS Podcasts : Music and Conversation

The American Scottish Foundation is proud to present our fortnightly ScotsInTheUS Podcast…..

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Presented on the second and forth Monday of the month ASF’s podcasts spotlight the ASF, partners, events and initiatives taking place in the community.

ASF will be sharing music and conversation on a fortnightly basis with our members and friends and you can listen to the ScotsinTheUS podcast here!

CURRENT EPISODE OF THE SCOTSINUS PODCAST: MAY 25th 7pm

“WORDS, MUSIC, WHISKY AND GIN”

IN CONVERSATION WITH :

GREG KING – BRAND AMBASSADOR GLENDRONACH
BENRIACH 

Glendronach is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Based in the Valley of Forgue in the East Highland Hills, Glendronach has been in operation for nearly 200 years.

BenRiach are progressive Speyside whisky distillers, boldly approaching the art of distillation and cask maturation.

DAVID STIRLING – CO-FOUNDER OF  ARBIKIE HIGHLAND ESTATE

Arbikie Estate is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus. Brothers John, Iain and David are the visionaries and driving force behind the Arbikie Distillery. With a fresh and exciting approach to distilling, Arbikie are an environmentally conscious brand who have won many awards for their exciting and innovative range of gins, vodkas and rye.

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, and featuring weekly guests and contributors we feature a wide range of news, events and music all with a focus on Scotland and within the American Scottish diaspora in North America.

MUSIC FROM  Laura McGhee, John Rush, Have Mercy Las Vegas


APRIL 27 A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2020

“In Conversation” – With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events. Camilla Hellman, President, American Scottish Foundation, discusses the virtual recognition of National Tartan Day, The Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary and other important April events that the community looked to not overlook.

With music from Alan Frew, Hannah Read and Colin Hunter

MAY 11 CLANS, THE LORD LYON AND HIGHLAND GAMES 2020 “In Conversation” with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  Bellassai discusses the state of the US Scottish Clans and the role played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The historic role of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms is also explained explained as well as the challenges facing the Highland Games in 2020.

With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller


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ASF Spotlight on Scotland’s Remote learning opportunities

How often we hear from ASF Members and friends how they wish they had studied in Scotland – or could do so – but life has now made that impossible.

No longer true. Remote learning has changed all that.  Members of the ASF team have in recent years been undertaking several courses — and ASF as a bridge between the US and Scotland will in the coming weeks spotlight courses from partners and associates we feel you may enjoy

Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of a subject or earn  earn a professional or academic credential–a certificate for professional development receive college credit for a degree—these classes, taught by leading universities, are knowledge packed and fun!

June Spotlight:  Highlands and Islands from Gaelic to Music and Archaeology from your Home.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has 13 colleges spread across the Highland and Islands of Scotland – from Shetland, to Orkney to Lewis and Skye.
UHI offers a wide range of remote learning courses without you having to leave your home.

From Gaelic language to traditional music, to courses in Scottish History and Heritage

Degree and Certificate courses range from a year to four
and the next online terms begin August/September 2020

Gaelic      Traditional Music
History    Genealogical Journey        Archaeology and much more

For an overview of course and how to register visit :
https://www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/…/study-w…/our-course-offer/

May Spotlight:  Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

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Robert Burns statue, Ayr, Scotland, UK Stock Photo

The course will allow you to Celebrate and Dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns with this FREE University of Glasgow online course! 

Professors at the Center for Robert Burns Studies at University of Glasgow will guide learners in examining the poems, songs, manuscripts and objects used to commemorate the poet – and give you a special insight into Burns the man. 

The topics covered will include the cultural reputation of Robert Burns as patriot, lover, and man of the people, as well as as poet and songwriter, Major works such as ‘Scots Wha Hae’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘A Man’s a Man’, ‘The Vision’, and ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the commemoration of Burns in material culture, and the international celebrity and legacy of Burns.

Your Professors would include Gerand Carruthers, Catriona Macdonald, Pauline MacKay, Ronnie Young.

There are no requirements to take the course – except for your love of Burns …  and perfect for those with an interest in Robert Burns, Scottish history, poetry, song and culture. Click here to start today, https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/robert-burns

If planning a visit to Scotland, for Burns lovers, a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayr- just 40 minutes from Glasgow. 

US Release of Robert The Bruce is now set for April 24th across digital platforms as due to Covid-19 theatrical release is impossible with cinemas closed… so now enjoy “at home”.

Robert The Bruce is pivoting from theatrical release to digital platforms. .Screen Media has set the release for APRIL 24TH – full details will follow shortly.

This heroic tale not only coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, when The Bruce declared Scotland a free land, but also with the 25th anniversary of Braveheart from which Robert The Bruce picks up the historical timeline. Angus Macfadyen portrays Robert the Bruce in both films.

ROBERT THE BRUCE is an inspiring story of the courage of ordinary Scots. When their King is injured and hiding from the English army that controls their lands, a widow and her family nurse him back to health, risking their lives for the life of their King and their hope for a free Scotland. Defying their clan, which has pledged itself to England, and inspiring him to fight again, they join The Bruce as he sets out to win the long-sought independence of their beloved country.

Written by Eric Belgau and Angus Macfadyen, ROBERT THE BRUCE is directed by Richard Gray and also stars Jared Harris, Anna Hutchison, Patrick Fugit, Zach McGowan, Emma Kenney, Melora Walters, Mhairi Calvey, Kevin McNally, Shane Coffey, and Talitha and Gabriel Bateman. The film was produced by Gray, Hutchinson, Macfadyen and Nick Farnell with Executive Producers Carter Boehm, Sharon Cox and Mike Gillespie.

On this the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath ASF share with our Members and Friends Lesley Riddoch’s documentary around this historic document and time.

Journalist and broadcaster The Lesley Riddoch Podcast wrote to the The American-Scottish Foundation® this morning – inviting us to share with all “Declaration” – a documentary on the history of the Declaration of Arbroath,

As Riddoch notes:
.. so as soon as we realised the corona virus lockdown would also cancel every celebratory event, my filmmaker colleague Charlie Stuart and I dropped other work and decided to make a film ourselves with help from Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle, historian Fiona Watson and the actor Brian Cox

Only completed this past Saturday April 4th we share with all on this its 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath

ETRUSCAN SMILE STARRING BRIAN COX IS NOW PLAYING IN VIRTUAL CINEMA .. AND HELPING LOCAL CINEMAS

Announced April 10th, by Lightyear Entertainment ETRUSCAN SMILE has come up with a way to support ones local cinema whilst viewing new movies.

50% of the net revenue from your ticket purchase will support the theater of your choice. List of Cinemas by State below, if no cinema in your area click another one to help!

As Lightyear Entertainment explains they had to pivot the release when U.S. theatrical roll out of THE ETRUSCAN SMILE could not take place as planned.

“We are proud to present virtual screenings in association with Film Movement Plus, and help local cinema partners at the same time”. Arnie Holland of Lightyear noted.

“Just click on one of the ticket links below to enjoy the film in the comfort of your own home.”

THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment.View

Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.

“Has energy and spirit, thanks to Brian Cox’s bright, charming performance.” Observer Rex Reed

“Delights with a good mix of humor and seriousness.” Cinema Magazine Lisa Schwart

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro

50% of the net revenue from your ticket purchase will support the theater of your choice.

CITY STATE THEATER TICKET
Good Year AZ Cinema Society of PebbleCreek
Sedona AZ Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Tucson AZ Galaxy Theatres
Davis CA Davis Varsity Theatre
Hollywood CA Arena Cinelounge
Long Beach CA Art Theatre of Long Beach
Los Angeles CA Laemmle Virtual Cinema
San Diego CA Cinema Society
San Francisco CA Cinema SF
Sherman Oaks CA Galaxy Theatres
Sonoma CA Sebastiani Theatre
St. Helena CA Cameo Cinema
Salida CO Salida Steam Plant Theater
Washington DC JxJ
Lewes DE Cinema Art Theater
Middletown DE Westown Movies
Newark DE Main Street Movies 5
Bonita Springs FL Prado Stadium 12
Fort Lauderdale FL Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival
Lakeland FL Polk Theatre
St. Augustine FL Corazon Cinema and Cafe
Tampa FL Tampa Theatre
Chicago IL Gene Siskel Film Center
Frankfort IL Emagine Entertainment
Detroit MI Cinema Detroit
Grand Rapids MI Celebration Cinema
Gross Pointe Farms MI Patriot Theater
Traverse City MI State Theatre
Troy MI Emagine Entertainment
Plymouth MN Emagine Entertainment
Lincoln NE Ross Media Arts Center
Princeton NJ Princeton Garden Theatre
Albuquerque NM Guild Cinema
Santa Fe NM Jean Cocteau Cinema
Las Vegas NV Galaxy Theatres
Beacon NY Story Screen
Buffalo NY Dipson Theatres
Buffalo NY North Park Theatre
Cleveland OH Cleveland Cinema
Ambler PA Ambler Theater
Doylestown PA County Theater
Jenkintown PA Hiway Theater
Sewickley PA The Tull Family Theater
Towanda PA Bradford Regional Arts Council
Tunkhannock PA Dietrich Theater
Warren PA Dipson Theatres
Charleston SC Terrace Theater
Austin TX Galaxy Theatres
Belton TX Grand Avenue Theater
Roanoke VA The Grandin Theatre
Staunton VA Visulite Cinema
Camas WA Liberty Theatre
Monroe WA Galaxy Theatres
Vancouver WA Kiggins Theatre

For more information on how Virtual Cinema works, including how you can see the film on your home television using Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and more, visit: filmmovement.com/virtual-cinema Film Movement

DUE TO COVID-19 THE DATES OF THE AMERICAN-SCOTTISH FOUNDATION SPRING EXHIBITS AT FEDERAL HALL ARE BEING REVISED – FURTHER DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

The American Scottish Foundation is proud to announce upcoming exhibits at Federal Hall March 20th – June 8th



In the Footsteps of John Muir an exhibit of photographic works by Award winning Scottish photographer Ken Paterson, tracing Muir’s travels, from his early days in Dunbar, Scotland to Yosemite, California, allows one to see the environments which Muir loved and did so much to help preserve. A series of images featuring landmark sites along the John Muir Trail, Scotland, which opened in 2014, is now spotlighted in the exhibit.


The Declaration of Arbroath – 700th Anniversary
2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, one of Scotland’s most important historical artefacts.

A Copy of the Declaration will be on display at Federal Hall, which is said to have inspired the American Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration is a letter dated 6 April 1320 written by the barons and freeholders of the Kingdom of Scotland to Pope John XXII, asking him to recognise Scotland’s independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king. 

Visitors will view an English translation of the original Latin text, and learn about the context in which it was written 700 years ago.

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 10 and 18 – Collectio Musicorum early Scottish music performances.

An opportunity to hear early Scottish music on October 10th and 18th in New York dating from the 12th to 18th Century.

Performed by Collectio Musicorum the program will be predominately the music of Robert Johnson, the “heretic priest,” , much of which has never been performed in the US before, having recently been edited by Dr. Elaine Moohan as part of the Musica Scotica series.

Marcellus Laroon II

Also in the program will be music composed by Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son, James VI, as well as music by Roderick Morison, also called “The Blind Harper,” who lived at the turn of the eighteenth century

OCTOBER 10TH – 1.15pm – Admission FREE
ST. BART’S-New York City
50th Street and Park Avenue, NYC

Presented as part of the Gotham Early Music Scene’s Midtown Concert Series

OCTOBER 18TH – 8PM – Admission FREE
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St

In addition to the works of Robert Johnson will be works from the twelfth century, when the northern portions of Scotland were under the control of Scandinavian kings, including one of the earliest examples of medieval polyphony, a hymn to St. Magnus the Martyr, who was martyred in 1115.

Hear the wonderful sounds of Collectio Musicorum
https://youtu.be/9jMcrVUPufU

Further details re October 10th
http://collectio-musicorum-upcoming.blogspot.com/…/robert-j…

Further details re October 18th
http://collectio-musicorum-upcoming.blogspot.com/…/early-mu…

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 19 : A Celebration of Scottish Culture with Alan Cumming OBE and special guests

ASF Members and Friends – join
On October 19th as 
The Quaich Project Scotland holds a NYC launch with
A Celebration of Scottish Culture – 9pm
at 
The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse Lincoln Center
with 
Alan Cumming OBE
KT Tunstall​, Sculptor Andy Scott​, Alexandra Silber and special guests

Tickets $150 – ASF Members and Friends receive a Special $30 Ticket discount via link below

The evening is to raise awareness for this great new initiative underway in Edinburgh:

As Development Director Jules Halston explains…
” The Quaich Project reimagines and redevelops Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh….set against the stunning backdrop of Castle Rock and Edinburgh Castle, a space for all in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Quaich Project will see the building of a new theatre and world-class performance venue; landscaped and accessible gardens with space for reflection, play and socialising; improved public amenities; and a new visitor and heritage centre accessible from Princes Street. …”

Learn more at : www.thequaichproject.org

http://buytickets.at/therossdevelopmenttrust/306140
Members will need to enter the following access code to book tickets: ASF

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 10 : Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis in Concert

Scottish Gaelic singer
Julie Fowlis who made the theme song of Disney’s Brave (the movie) so memorable is coming to New York on 
October 10th – 8pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Centerl
129 West 67th Street, NYC – presented by World Music Hear her rendition of “Touch the Sky” here 
https://youtu.be/PAD_E1kaYuY

Tickets are $30/$40
Purchase tickets here:
http://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/…/8882348728041170843d23…

Julie Fowlis has performed at such leading venues as The Philharmonic de Paris to Shakespeare’s Globe. She has worked with many leading musicians on collaborations including James Taylor and Mary Chapin Carpenter and a number of Celtic fold musicians.

London Evening Standard wrote that “There are some voices that carry much more than a melody. They transport you to another place, give you goose flesh and make magic out of thin air. Julie Fowlis has just such a voice.”

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 16 : Scotland’s Picts, the Lost People of Europe

A fascinating talk and book signing by University of Aberdeen Dept of Archaelogy Dr Gordon Noble on his discoveries about Scotland’s Picts hosted by the AIA-NY Society’ – Scotland’s Picts, the Lost People of Europe

Wednesday, October 16, – 6.30pm 
University of The Graduate Center, CUNY
Fifth Avenue and 34th St., Room C197, Concourse” floor.

ASF Members and Friends are invited to attend – No Charge.

The Picts were considered a troublesome people, They were never conquered by the Romans who even had to erect Hadrian’s Wall to keep them out of the Roman Empire,

The Picts have a mysterious historical record – the lost people of Europe – until recent archaeological excavations in Scotland have revealed a powerful and sophisticated culture.

View National Geographic video on one of the excavation sites:https://vimeo.com/325854529

For further information on the event visit www.aia-nysociety.org

https://www.independent.co.uk/…/the-truth-about-the-picts-8…