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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…

ASF Community Calendar of upcoming events – October 18 : Tartan Talk

As all lovers of Scotland know Tartan allows us wonderful ways to express our style and heritage … and the fashion industry’s love of the vibrant tartans grows each year.

Celebrated fashion Coty Award winning designer Jeffrey Banks Design, joins with award winning Canadian fashion designer Michael Kaye
to present
Tartan Talk – part of FashionSpeak Friday 
on Friday, October 18- 7.30pm
at National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York,

Jeffrey Banks has co authored several books including Tartan: Romancing the Plaid. and Michael Kaye, whose custom tartan couture has earned him the reputation of being the “Bonnie Prince of Tartan”

ASF members and friends are invited to an illuminating presentation on how the humble Scottish tartan became the ultimate emblem of great taste and high fashion.

This event is free and open to the public but you do need to Pre Register.

For more details on the evening, click here…
and RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com.

Culann – The Great Ecumene – a band not afraid to be themselves

Jamie McGeechan, ASF Music Ambassador, updates us from Scotland today with news around Culann, an award-winning band from Ayrshire, Scotland, who have just released their second album, The Great Ecumene.

Culann are PJ Kelly, Sean Kelly, Greg Irish, Ross McCluskie and Calum Davis.

Ya Cheng

As Jamie goes on to explain: “I first met singer and guitarist PJ Kelly on the set of Outlaw King, the recently released Netflix biopic about Scottish king and freedom fighter Robert the Bruce on which Jamie had a supporting role.

Jamie, aka Little Fire, is one of our leading “eyes and ears” in Scotland, reporting that ..”Culann may be the best Scottish rock band that you haven’t heard of yet, and well NOW you have.”

Culann Album Art ,
Ya Cheng

It’s clear, however, that Culann is a band completely at ease with doing their own thing. They have been thriving by developing their sound, from their self-titled debut album released in 2012 to their follow up, The Great Ecumene, released at the end of April 2019.

The opening track “Evonium” is a great scene-setter for the album and gives a good insight into what Culann sound is like: intelligent compositions with powerful performances, great melodies and hooks, and 100% given with every note on each track.

What you get with Culann is a band who is not afraid to play with styles, aesthetics, and colors. They literally throw everything at it in the first track so it completely works. And, in case you’re wondering, the name Evonium is an ancient lost city in Scotland, considered by some to be Irvine, close to where the band lives.

In fact, The Great Ecumene itself is full of literary references – lyrics and sounds evoking nautical themes, ancient and forgotten lands and heroes – and all whilst sounding very modern indeed. Culann is Scottish storytelling, and “Evonium” is a welcoming opener on our journey into the world of Culann and The Great Ecumene.

culann.bandcamp.com

Second track “Event without experience” is a track that is the key to Culann;  “the band packs so much sonic brilliance into each song that it can initially confound you whilst arresting your attention; for me that’s what great music is all about–you can’t ignore it and it will stop you in your tracks. There is a particularly delightful flute solo from Gavin Millar, which is a real thing of beauty, ” explains Jamie, on a track that has everything else.

Track number four is atmospheric and clever, a song Jamie has not heard in a long time. One of Jamie’s favorites on the album, he tells us that because “Ecumene” is the name the ancient Greeks gave to the known world, the track is quite menacing and arresting at the same time. “It’s well crafted and takes the listener on a journey full of twists and turns, and as I’m listening to it right now, I feel like I’m in a dream world.” Its this juxtaposition of myth and human that makes Culann’s music so powerful.

All Reverie is another stand out track, one of the more obvious with real commercial appeal, although other songs such as Century Box and Aegis are “real growers” that can remain with you for days after listening.

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The last track on the album, Queen Street, is a song which will grab you by the heart and serves as a fantastic closer to the album. Starting off as a heartfelt acoustic ballad, it builds into something people will want to sing back at the band, bringing down the roof live.

The band give everything on every track, mastery of song writing and composition, performances nothing short of mesmerising, “even artists Peter Strain, Pamela Scott,  and Culann themselves have brought together the aesthetics of the album visually to tell a story,” Jamie informs us.


As Jamie noted …”Culann may be the best Scottish rock band that you haven’t heard of yet, and well NOW you have.” TAKE A LISTEN

http://www.littlefiremusic.com/gallery/

The Great Ecumene is available from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and in CD / Vinyl from the band directly at

www.culann.bigcartel.com, www.culann.bandcamp.com

Jamie McGeechan, contributing writer, May 2019, littlefiremusic1@hotmail.co.uk