Daily Archives: March 29, 2015

Lineup Released for Bryant Park Lunchtime Concerts

As part of a Tartan Week special, the ASF is proud to present a series of Lunchtime Concerts from April 6-12. Taking place in one of our absolute favorite settings, The Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park, the concerts are sure to be a musical retreat in your day.


April 6, 2015 12.30pm-1.30 pm – Tartan Day Observance

“Tartan Day” recognizes the contributions of Scottish Americans with performances by The Highland Divas and Patrick Duffy, piper, as well as readings from The Declaration of Arbroath and Tartan Day proclamations.

April 7, 2015 12.30 pm-1:30 pm

Performances by Scottish Octopus (Celtic/World/Folk Bagpipes) and Hannah Read & John Gribbin, modern folk songwriters.

April 8, 2015 12.30-1.30pm

Performances by Lanark & District Pipe Band, Scotland, and Craig Weir, VIP Piper and winner of the Young Scot Award for Arts in 2014, as well as Mike Ogletree Anacoustic Mind, inspired by Robert Burns, with a blend of reggae and rock.

April 10, 2015 12.30-1.30pm

Performances by Scottish Octopus and Jenna Moynihan & Friends, acclaimed fiddler with unique style rooted in Scottish tradition and Appalachian influences.

6.00-7.00pm – Pipes and Drums at Sunset

April 11, 2015 – Pipes and Drums before the Parade

11:30 Lanark & District Pipe Band, Scotland

11.50 Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch

12:10 TBA

12:30 Bonnie Brae Knights

12:40 Shamrock & Thistle Pipes & Drums of Ocean County

April 12, 2015 12.30-1.30pm 

Performances by Oban High School Pipes & Drums, Scotland; Shot of Scotch Highland Dancers, and The Tailor of Inverness – An interlude with Matthew Zajec and Aden O’Rourke (opening at 59E59 Theaters April 14th).

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A few previews of our musical features for our Bryant Park concerts: Scottish Octopus, Hannah Read, Lanark and District Pipe Band, and The Highland Divas.

For further information on these lunchtime concerts, please visit our website or contact:
phone: 212 605 0338 email: asfevents@wwbcny.com


10 of the Best Big Apple Bars for Tartan Week

Celebrating Tartan Week in New York City this year? We hope you’ll enjoy some of the wonderful offerings of Scottish food and beverage the city has to offer, whether it’s stopping for a post-parade pint of Bellhaven or enjoying a meal at a gastropub.

ScotlandNow has put together a lovely list of their favorite places to get a drink in NYC that include several of ASF’s favorites – though if we’re naming names, we’d have to mention our highlight haunts The Craic – Irish/Scottish Pub and Biddy’s Pub to the selections! Take a look at a few of their selections and start planning the culinary side of your New York Tartan Week adventures.

The Shakespeare, 24 East 39th Street


The Shakespeare (Image courtesy of ScotlandNow)

For wonderful atmosphere, service, and the perfect pint and chips, look no further than The Shakespeare.

Caledonia, 1609 Second Avenue 


Caledonia (Image courtesy of ScotlandNow)

On Tuesday, April 7, Bellhaven Head Brewer George Howell will be hosting a Tap Takeover at Caledonia, but if you can’t make it then, stop by any time for a pint of Bellhaven on tap, or one of their over 180 varieties of Scotch!

Iona Brooklyn, 180 Grand Street (Williamsburg)


Iona (Image courtesy of ScotlandNow)

If you’re in the mood for music with your drink, Iona hosts Scottish Session gigs every Monday at 8:30 pm. Their urban beer garden is a wonderful location to kick back after a long day of sightseeing.

Jones Wood Foundry, 401 East 76th Street

Jones Wood Foundry (image courtesy of ScotlandNow)

Jones Wood Foundry (image courtesy of ScotlandNow)

A wonderful place not only to grab a drink but a full meal, Jones Wood Foundry is one of ASF’s favorite gastropubs: friendly and attentive service and wonderful cuisine.

Take a look at the full list, with photos, and read the article on ScotlandNow’s website.