Monthly Archives: February 2015

Dunsinane in Chicago, February 26-March 22!


From the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company comes DUNSINANE, the imagined sequel to one of the most famous plays set in Scotland: Macbeth.

Earlier this year, the play had its US premiere and will show for a limited time only, from February 26-March 22 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

The play, written by David Greig and directed by Roxana Silbert, “explores one man’s attempt to restore peace in a country consumed by war ollowing the bloody conclusion of Shakespeare’s timeless drama. Dunsinane takes Scotland’s real history and dramatically reimagines the chapter after Macbeth’s death.” 

To learn more about the play or buy tickets, visit the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s website here.



Purchase your 2015 Tartan Day Parade Pin Today!

The Tartan Day Parade is fast approaching… register here for the NYC Tartan Week Parade on Saturday, April 11 and purchase your 2015 New York Tartan Day Parade Lapel Pin, now available! The pin is a perfect addition to your parade attire, whether you’re spectating along the route or marching with us!

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 1.17.10 PM

If you are a Member or Friend of the ASF and wish to march with the American-Scottish Foundation please complete this form so that we can register you as marching with us.

The Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. on April 11 at West 45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street. 

Please be in touch with any queries at




Scottish Talent at SXSW Music Festival

SXSW (South by South West) is the largest music industry conference and festival in the world, and the Scottish Music Showcase at the Festival is delivered by Creative Scotland in association with the Scottish Music Industry Association.

As reported by the Daily RecordCreative Scotland’s lead on Showcasing Scotland at SXSW, David Weaver, said: “The quality and diversity on show from the Scottish acts at SXSW is, once again, incredible. There’s a reason the Scottish Showcase is always one of the most anticipated events of the entire week in Austin; Scotland keeps managing to produce original, exciting music, with a unique Scottish identity.”

Take a look at the lineup of musical talent below:

Hector Bizerk
United Fruit 
Dave Arcari 
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire
The Amazing Snakeheads
Holy Esque 
The Twilight Sad


Dave Arcari, one of the Scottish acts heading to SXSW. Photo by Bill Gray Photography.


The Scots Who Built New York’s Landmarks

The American-Scottish Foundation® is honored to have been invited to join the Landmarks 50 project and to develop and present an exhibition celebrating the contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York.

UC2_p1_450 Join us on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 6-8pm for a talk on John McComb, Jr, a noted New York architect and stonemason of Scottish descent who was responsible for many of New York City’s iconic buildings. The illustrated talk by John Foreman and John Kinnear will take you through his personal history and achievements. 


To book tickets, or learn more about our speakers, please visit our events page. We hope to see you there!   tartan_thin

The Buzz is Growing for the Year of Food and Drink

Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink campaign recently released a downloadable eBook offering foodies and tourists alike a “true taste of Scotland.”

 Our new Foodie Trails eBook!
The Foodie Trails eBook from the Year of Food and Drink 2015

With travel itineraries organized around events, markets, different foods and drinks, and more, as well as non-culinary activities and sights to see in the area, the eBooks were recently profiled in The Herald Scotland and are sure to be a helpful resource for travelers, food lovers, and anyone looking to delve deeper into Scotland’s rich culinary history.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland’s famous food and drink comes from its unique landscapes, unspoiled habitats and varied weather, which is perfect for producing a wide variety of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and much more.

“This year, as we take Scotland to the world, we celebrate the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic and tourism success.

“I hope this e-book provides some food for thought, not just for visitors but also people in Scotland.

“We have a world-class natural larder right here on our doorstep, the Year of Food and Drink provides the perfect opportunity to go out and enjoy it.”

To download the eBook or learn more about the Year of Food and Drink 2015, click here.


March with ASF in the 17th New York Tartan Day Parade!

On April 11, 2015, join us as we march up 6th Avenue with pipe bands and dancers to celebrate our Scottish ties!


Let us know if you’d like to march with us!

If you are a Member or Friend of the ASF and wish to march with the American-Scottish Foundation please print out the image above or complete this form so that we can register you as marching with us.

The Parade starts at 2.00pm on April 11 at W45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street.

Please be in touch with any queries at


New Single from The Isles: “John James”

Friend of ASF Hannah Read, who lent her presence at our annual Burns Supper last month, and her band, The Isles, recently released the lead single on their soon-to-be released album, “Embers.”


Featuring gorgeous three-part harmonies from Ms. Read (voice/fiddle/acoustic guitar), Tamsin Wilson (voice/acoustic guitar/dobro), and Megan Lui (voice/electric guitar), who hail from Scotland, California, and England, the song is masterful in its blending. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

The single premiered on The Bluegrass Situation, and is now available for download. Have a listen: