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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

Celebrate Tartan Day with Walkers Shortbread

Friends and members of The American-Scottish Foundation®, join us in celebrating Tartan Day 2017 with “The World’s Finest Shortbread” – Walkers Shortbread!

Image via express.co.uk

Image via express.co.uk

Tartan Day is on April 6th – just days away! So why not celebrate with a biscuit or two?

Over a hundred years ago, the Walker family started baking shortbread at their bakery in the Speyside village of Aberlour, surrounded by the beautiful Scottish highlands. Today, Walkers products are now sold all over the world, using the same wonderfully simple recipe to produce that iconic Walkers taste!

To celebrate Tartan Day, Walkers Shortbread has a delicious deal for you!

IMG_1138 (5)  Arlene Brice BEEWith their exclusive Tartan Day code, you can receive free shipping, and four free twin packs of delicious shortbread Scottie Dogs, with orders of $25 or more!

Use the code TARTAN to receive your special Tartan Day treats!

This special offer expires on April 2nd, 2017, so place your orders now on the Walkers website, here.

To learn more about Tartan Day, and all the exciting events in store during NYC Tartan Week, visit The American-Scottish Foundation website!

Show off your Clan Pride at the 2017 Tattoo!

This year is Scotland’s ‘Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology, and the 2017 Tattoo is embracing this theme by featuring the Clans and Families of Scotland!

unnamedThe Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place August 4 – 27, has just announced the clans which will be appearing as part of this year’s show, which is themed “Splash of Tartan.” The Tattoo and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs have joined together to involve Scottish Clans and Families. Clan Chiefs have been invited to lead their clansmen to Edinburgh Castle, on their own special designated evenings, and to take part in the opening ceremony! Do you want to represent your clan at this year’s Tattoo? For a limited time only, visitors looking to book tickets to sit in their designated clans seated section can contact their Clan Chief directly! You can find out more details about your clan and chief at www.clanchiefs.org.uk or by emailing info@clanchiefs.org.uk. This promotion will end on 31st March, so act fast!unnamed-2

Whether you have Clan roots or not, if you plan to attend the Tattoo, you are encouraged to dress for the part! Put on your best tartan and tweed! Come August, Edinburgh is sure to be a wonderland of plaid!

Find your Clan’s date and time below, and purchase tickets for the Tattoo here.

Day

Date

Time

Clan/Family

Thursday

3 August

9.30

Macnab and Hay

Friday

4 August

9.00

Arthur and Murray

Saturday

5 August

7.30

Fraser and Gunn

Saturday

5 August

10.30

Hunter, Macdonald and MacKay

Monday

7 August

9.00

Macauley and MacMillan

Tuesday

8 August

9.00

Ewing and Macpherson

Wednesday

9 August

9.00

Broun, Maclean and Wood

Thursday

10 August

9.00

Henderson and Napier

Friday

11 August

9.00

Leslie, Moffat and Urquhart

Saturday

12 August

7.30

Donnachaidh and Oliphant

Saturday

12 August

10.30

Macneil, Macrae and Marjoribanks

Monday

14 August

9.00

Forbes and Wallace

Tuesday

15 August

9.00

Macleod and Mackenzie

Wednesday

16 August

9.00

Campbell and Sinclair

Thursday

17 August

9.00

Borthwick and Skene

Friday

18 August

9.00

Graham and Stewart

Saturday

19 August

7.30

Colquhoun and Matheson

Saturday

19 August

10.30

Currie and Maclea

Monday

21 August

9.00

Buchanan, Hannay and MacGregor

Tuesday

22 August

9.00

Kincaid and Maclaine

Wednesday

23 August

9.00

Agnew and Elliot

Thursday

24 August

9.00

Carmichael and MacThomas

Friday

25 August

9.00

Bruce and Durie

Saturday

26 August

7.30

Jardine, Macintyre and Maclennan

Saturday

26 August

10.30

Cameron, Clan Ranald and Maclaren

 

 

An Evening with Ian Rankin at Little City Books, Hoboken, NJ

Acclaimed Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin, is bringing his famous detective, John Rebus to the Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey
on Monday February 6th at 7pm,

This is the first stop on Rankins US Grand Tour as he launches his 30th Rebus novel, Rather be the Devil.
Ian RankinASF Members and friends – you are invited to this special evening. There are limited tickets available (no charge) to this intimate evening which will include a reading, book signing, and Q & A session with a dram of whisky, shortbread, live music.
RSVP info@littlecitybooks.com

Rankin’s first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. Today, the Rebus series is translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents!

Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels are set mainly in Edinburgh, and are considered major contributions to the Tartan Noir genre, a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers.

To learn more of Rankin’s work visit his website at http://www.ianrankin.net

HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY to one and all

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The American-Scottish Foundation wishes all our Members and friends a great St. Andrew’s Day. 

About Scotland shares a Greeting to the World for a
Happy St Andrews Day.  Delivered in an array of different languages from Mandarin to Arabic, Bengali, Hindu and Gaelic.

View here and then share YOUR Greeting using #ourstandrewsday. The Scottish Government will then be looking to share clips from your messages.

We share this powerful message from Scotland on this
St Andrew’s Day, that of friendship and unity among all people of the world.

A VERY HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY

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GIVING TUESDAY, Tuesday November 29th – Become a Member of the American-Scottish Foundation.

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PLEASE SUPPORT The American-Scottish Foundation® on Tuesday November 29th, GivingTuesday

A great way to become involved and support the work of the Foundation is to become a Member in this the 60th Anniversary of the ASF.

https://americanscottishfoundation.com/…/indiv_membershi…

Help us to build upon our mission, bridging Scotland and the USA.
Learn more of how you can become involved
https://americanscottishfoundation.com/home/index.html

King of the Mountains: The Legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir

Here at The American-Scottish Foundation we are excited to hear about a new play about the historic camping trip of President Teddy Roosevelt and Scottish naturalist John Muir.

Image via lunastage.org

Image via lunastage.org

On October 8th, Luna Stage opened its 2016-2017 season with the world premiere of King of the Mountains by playwright Ben Clawson. In this historical play, audiences are invited to take a journey back to 1903, and join President Teddy Roosevelt and Naturalist John Muir at the campfire.

For three days in May of 1903, President Roosevelt and John Muir camped alone together in the Yosemite Valley. Ben Clawson’s play is a complex look at two great men: one who expected praise and reverence for his accomplishments, and one who desired to share his own wisdom and philosophy.

Watch the two famous figures go head to head on the historic camping trip that was a milestone in the ongoing battle over what to do with our public land. This trip would contribute to the forming of The National Parks ServiceKing of the Mountains was created with the support of The Dramatists Guild Fund, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of The National Parks Service.

Performances will run until October 30th; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM, at Luna Stage Company (555 Valley Road, West Orange, New Jersey), which is a 30 minute ride via NJ Transit from NY Penn Station.

“Clawson is the playwright responsible for “The Dangers of Electric Lighting,” the terrific play about Edison and Tesla a couple of seasons ago,” reviews Ruth Ross of NJ Arts Maven.

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Image via patch.com

“This time out, Clawson and Luna Stage give us another mesmerizing encounter, this time between two champions of the natural world,…they have tackled a historic event, imbued with dramatic conflict, that has not only entertained us but has taught us something as well. You won’t want to miss King of the Mountains.”

To find out more information and/or purchase tickets, call the box office at (973) 395-5551 or visit the Luna Stage website, here.

The 2016 World Canals Conference is hosted this year in Inverness, Scotland by Scottish Canals, September 19 – 22

The 2016 World Canals Conference will take place this year in Inverness, Scotland, from September 19-22, hosted by Scottish Canals.

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the nation’s waterways themselves, which includes 251 bridges, 212 buildings, 256 locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland.

The World Canal Conference, founded in 2008 by Inland Waterways International , is held annually to bring people and organisations together who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide.

This is the second time Scotland has hosted the Conference which will bring together more than 300 business leaders and global professionals to celebrate achievements and pioneering work taking place across the globe. Topics of discussion will include water management and flood mitigation, engineering and heritage asset management to commercializing the assets, growing tourism, regeneration and the impact of climate change.

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting the 2016 World Canals Conference and it’s shaping up to be the best yet, with a host of world-renowned speakers set to join us amidst the myth and majesty of the Scottish Highlands in September.

“From Panama to Paris, there are a huge number of innovative projects taking place on canals all over the globe and waterways continue to play a vital role in the communities that line their banks.” 

Joining from the Americas will be:
Roland Lewis, President and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance, New York, will join as a keynote speaker on day two of the four-day conference.

He will draw on his extensive experience in leading the transformation and regeneration of New York and New Jersey’s waterways and 700 miles of shoreline into a vibrant, healthy, resilient, and accessible resource.

Since the Waterfront Alliance’s inception in 2007, the Alliance has grown into a coalition of more than 900 organisations working together to bring about real change in New York and New Jersey.

Alexander ‘Pete’ Grannis
, First deputy comptroller for New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), Commissioner on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and former Commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

From fighting to clean up long-festering toxic waste sites and reducing damaging acid rain to championing groundbreaking laws to increase recycling, Mr Grannis has been driving positive environmental change for more than three decades.

Grannis will speak on day four of the conference, joining the likes ofProfessor Mark Horton – presenter of BBC’s Coast – and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Dame Seona Reid.

Completing the trio of speakers from the Americas isDanielFábrega, the Panamanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom who will be speaking about the Panama Canal extension.

Before his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Fábrega served as the Vice President for Exports for Varelas Hemanos S.A. Mr Fábrega will speak of the vital role of the Panama Canal in his nation’s economy during day two of the World Canals Conference.

For ticket information and events surrounding the Conference
visit the website at www.wccscotland.co.uk.

 

SUMMER THEATER SPOTLIGHT:

NYMFIn these coming weeks there is wonderful theater involving our Scottish community members taking place – from the New York Musical Festival to 59E59th Street East to Edinburgh Festival.

The New York Musical Festival  is a month long Festival of theater, the largest annual musical theater festival in America. 

Each summer the Festival presents productions, concerts, readings and special events in the heart of New York City’s Theater District. 

This year TWO of the Productions have been created by Scots and the American-Scottish Foundation Member and Friends can enjoy special ticket pricing to the productions.

NYMF offers ASF Members 15% off full price tickets to see Forest Boy and ULTIMATE MAN! at the 2016 Festival. Simply use the code AFD15 when booking tickets (maximum 4 tickets per person/order per performance – limited availability)

Forest BoyForest Boy,  Based upon the true story, this original work was selected from over 900 entries submitted to the New York Musical Festival.                                             Forest Boy has been created by the award-winning Scottish writing partnership of actor/writer Scott Gilmour and composer Claire McKenzie who are both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Claire and Scott began collaborating together as students and have gone on to create new work for theaters including Dundee Rep Theater, The Roundhouse, St.James’ Theater, The Royal Lyceum Theater Company, Edinburgh, and now are beginning to be recognized internationally.

On September 5th, 2011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years. He had no memory of his past – only that his name was Ray and he traveled to Berlin following the death of his father in the woods.

What followed were nine months of speculation, police inquiry, and a global media frenzy, as the mystery of the Forest Boy slowly unraveled. FOREST BOY is a modern-day fairytale of growing up and, above all, imagination.

The Pearl Theatre, 555 W 42nd Street (10th/11th Avenue)

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

ULTIMATE MAN!                                                                               The Comic World is in a state of chaos. Joe, the artist who draws the politically savvy                                                ULTIMATE MAN! has lost control of his characters and himself. 

 In a desperate attempt to save his beloved Cathy Cookie, he confronts the cartoonist in the Real World, and is faced with the dilemma of creating edgy art or embracing mass appeal in a corporate world. 

For Joe, worlds collide in this comic adventure.

From the book by Jane Edith Wilson & Charles Abbott;  Music By Alastair William King;  Lyrics by Paul Gambaccini, Alastair William King & Jane Edith Wilson; Conceived by Paul Gambaccini

Composer and Co-Lyricist Alastair King, was born in Glasgow and now lives in New York.  He is the co-composer/co-book writer for Outlaws –

The Ballad of Billy the Kid (NYMF 2011), composer of The Family Fiorelli (NYMF 2007, NAMT 2008 Finalist, York Theatre Developmental Reading Series 2010/11) and  He is also the composer for 3 children’s musicals The Adventures of Superbunny (Midtown International Theatre Festival 2013), to name but a few of his works.

The Pearl Theatre, 555 W 42nd Street (10th/11th Avenue)
 

Experience the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe without leaving New York!  
A month of great theater.  
 
Below are highlights of the coming two weeks.

 59E59 Theaters’ annual East to Edinburgh festival featuring – new work from North American companies before they make the journey across the pond to Edinburgh.

THE END OF POLITICS   July 14 – 16 at 9.15pm
“Why even get up in the morning?” asks Bob Bell in his searing and humorous one-man show about the issues that have led to the current 2016 election.

HAMLET IN BED   July 15 – 17 at 7.15pm

WITH ANNETTE O’TOOLE AND MICHAEL LAURENCE
A noir downtown thriller about sex, death, theater, and the world’s most famous play, by Drama Desk nominee Michael Laurence.
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VAN GOGH FIND YOURSELF July 12, 14, 15 at 8.30pm and July 13 at 6.3o
Walter DeForest takes on the complex and elusive creative process as he draws portraits and paints Vincent van Gogh’s side of the story.

(CUT THE BULLSHIT) LEN BAKERLOO SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER 
 July 12-19 at 6.30om and July 13 at 8.30pm
Retired hedge fund manager Len Bakerloo, “The World’s Greatest Bullshit Detective,” goes postal on bullshitters and their bullshit.

LUCIE POHL: APOHLCALYPSE NOW! July 14- =16 at 6.30pm, July 17 4.30
A hilarious new comedy of terrors from NYC comedian Lucie Pohl–creator of smash hits Hi, Hitler and Cry Me A Liver. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats, and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.

MARILYN & SINATRA July 16 at 2.30pm & 8.30pm and July 17 at 2.30pm
You know the names but you didn’t know their love story–until now. This play explores the little-known relationship between two showbiz icons.

Great Summer Theater at 59E59 Street & Festival of Arts, New Haven

National Theater of Scotland – June 10 – 25                            The Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT 

Exclusive premiere of “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour” – A musical play about losing your innocence and finding yourself. Music by Handel, Bach, and 70s classic rock band Electric Light Orchestra. From the writer of Broadway smash hit ‘Billy Elliott’.

Ladies of Perpectual..”Once again the NTS has produced an outstanding piece of theatre which rivals the best seen in the last decade”.  Daily Record, Scotland .                                                                                                               “#1 stage show in the UK 2015″   The Guardian

Nominated for three CAT Awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble.  ASF Members & Friends : CODE TARTAN21 for a $5 per ticket discount.

59e59 logoBrits off Broadway Seaon thr July 3rd                 59E59th Street Theater59 East 59th Street, NYC                                                                                The best of British theater has been showing never before seen productions in the USA as part of the annual Brits off Broadway. The terrific season continues through July 3rd

For tickets and details visit 59E59.org

“A highlight of the theatrical year in New York.”  Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

                  

East to Edinburgh Season – July 12th – 31st                    59E59th Street Theater59 East 59th Street,                             NYC

Experience the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe without leaving New York!  59E59 will present 13 plays as part of their annual East to Edinburgh festival.

 The productions are new works   from North American  companies  before they travel across the pond toEdinburgh.  Tickets details visit 59E59.org