Monthly Archives: September 2020

Virtual 45th New Hampshire Highland Games this weekend!

This weekend, September 19th & 20th , will see a virtual celebration of the 45th New Hampshire Highland Games as a live online experience which we can all enjoy.

The New Hampshire Highland Games draws crowds of over 45,000 to New Hampshire each year for the three-day festival which is one of ASFs favorite Scottish Games and Festivals to attend.

The American Scottish Foundation has for the past few years taken part in heading up The Scottish Village tent sharing information on Scottish experiences – we cannot wait to be back in 2021 celebrating our love of Scotland.

Situated on the beautiful Loon Mountain, the NH Games is a must attend event for those who love to come together to celebrate their Scottish heritage, to enjoy the incredible Highland Games experience and to have fun!

Although the NH Games can’t go ahead as it normally would this year the Virtual Highland Games will be a wonderful celebration of the 45th anniversary of the New Hampshire Highland Games.

ASF President Camilla Hellman with the amazing Wolfhounds!

The organizing committee have programmed an exciting weekend of music, dance and activities for us all to enjoy and promises to ‘Showcase the Sights, Sounds and Smile of the Games’

The events will begin on Saturday afternoon as a wonderful video will go live to represent the Opening Ceremony of the Games, always a wonderful experience and a sight to behold.

There will be lots of exciting Scottish goodies and crafts at the Virtual Vendor Village and we are strongly encouraged to show our support for the vendors, all small businesses selling Scottish goods who have had their businesses significantly affected this year.

Saturday night will feature a live concert by Albannach, one of the New Hampshire Highland Games favourite bands who have a large army of fans in the Scottish Festival circuit in the US.

Join Jamesie Johnston and his crew for an hour of Albannach beginning at 7pm Eastern Time.

Albannach – Ready to rock!

You can make a donation to the New Hampshire Highland Games HERE

You can watch the concert live on the NH Games YouTube channel HERE 

For more information, programming and links see www.nhscot.org

Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival

Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, Bloody Scotland takes place Friday September 18th – Sunday September 20th and will be an incredible celebration of Scottish literature, crime novels and stories!

The festival, which normally takes place in the beautiful city of Stirling, will this year take place entirely online, allowing crime writing fans from all over the world to be a part of the Bloody Sunday experience.

There’s a writing masterclass taking place this Friday 18th September which is an excellent opportunity to learn how to develop the craft of writing from celebrated writers including Louise Welsh and William Ryan. The McIlvanney Prize and Debut Prize announcement will also take place on Friday which celebrates the best in new crime writing in Scotland. Previous winners include a stellar roster of winners: Charles Cumming, Malcolm Mackay, Peter May, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, and Manda Scott.

Saturday September 19th will see a huge range of discussions, panels and workshops taking place including Criminal Masterminds: a discussion with celebrated crime writers Lawrence Block and Ian Rankin and don’t miss Crime at the Coo Online a brilliant event featuring live author performances along with film of memorable acts from previous years.Sunday

Sunday September 20th will feature a series of gripping panels and conversations with novelists and writers including Denise Mina, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Mark Billingham and John Connolly.

For more information on program and ticketing please see the Bloody Scotland : Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival website at www.bloodyscotland.com

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, October 17 – 31

Scotland is a land of stories, myths and legends. Its history, landscapes, scenery and of course people make for an incredibly inspiring environment for great stories to come from and some of the most celebrated literary figures in the world have come from Scotland ; Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, David Livingstone, Iain Banks, Irvine Welsh, JK Rowling need we say more?

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a must attend event for those who love stories, literature and the magic of poetry. Each year it attracts thousands of people to the many events, performances, book readings and activities which take place as part of the Storytelling Festival program.

The theme for The Scottish International Storytelling Festival in 2020 is ‘In The Flow’ : An exploration of Scotland’s coasts and waters through music and storytelling. Scotland with its 7,330 miles of coastline has a rich history of stories which have emanated from or been inspired by events taking place on its beautiful coasts and waters.

Although festivals throughout Scotland have not been able to take place as they normally would there has been a successful pivot to virtual events with festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival both offering up incredible experiences online this year which you can still access on their respective websites.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2018 Launch: Professional storyteller Daniel Allison. Photography for Scottish International Storytelling Festival / Tracs Scotland from: Colin Hattersley Photography –

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival will also this year present an action packed virtual experience for all to access and enjoy!

Scottish International Storytelling Festival Director, Donald Smith states:

‘This year’s Storytelling Festival is about wellbeing. Across the nation, we aim to bring many streams into a flowing current of hope and renewal.’

‘Our online programme will see the return of SISF favourites like our evening gatherings around the Open Hearth, as well as Global Lab, the workshop series that brings together performers, educators and activists to discuss international environmental creativity.’

‘We’ll also be premiering Voyage, a brand-new series of work developed by storytellers and musicians, including interpretations of the slave passage across the Atlantic and Scotland’s part in it, the colonisation of Iceland, James VI’s ‘Hamlet’ voyage to Elsinore, Johnson and Boswell’s Tour to the Hebrides and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition.’

The programme details for the Festival are yet to be released but you can keep up to date and informed by signing up for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival newsletter HERE.

For more information on the Scottish International Storytelling Festival see the website at www.sisf.org.uk


Next Sounds From Scotland Online Concert:

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 3PM – 5PM EST LIVE ON FACEBOOK.COM/AMERICANSCOTTISH

The Sounds From Scotland online monthly concerts are a brand new platform from which we showcase and celebrate wonderful live music direct from Scotland! 

Performing live for the American Scottish Foundation on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americanscottish we have the wonderful talents of:

Anna MacDonald is a talented multi-instrumentalist originally from Glasgow. Anna has released music in both Gaelic and English and possesses a beautiful voice and wonderful gift for song writing. Anna does great work with Play For Progress and the Association of Exiled Scots. 


John Condron is a singer songwriter from Glasgow who has performed all over Scotland and in New York too! His latest single ‘Hello Mama’ was recently played on the American Scottish Foundation Scots In US Podcast and is a beautiful and touching dedication to his mother. 

Meredith McCrindle is a wonderful harpist, songwriter and all round talent. Originally hailing from Texas, Merdith now lives in Ayr Scotland and is the driving force behind the brilliant Tamfest which celebrates Robert Burns famous poem Tam O’Shanter and is a must see event if in Scotland! 

Starsky is a brilliant singer songwriter from Scotland who has a great gift for melody, song writing and performance. It’s an absolute pleasure to have Starsky with us who has performed throughout Scotland including the famous Hampden and Murrayfield Stadiums as an invited musical guest for the Scotland football and rugby teams!

ScotsInUS Podcast

CURRENT EPISODE: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH: ‘Re-emerging, Reflecting and Remembering’

As Autumn arrives and as we reflect on 2020, we also take a moment to look back 19 years this week to September 11, 2001.  

Camilla Hellman is joined by Laura McGhee, who reflects on her musical contributions to moments of 9/11 Commemorations she was involved in in both New York and London.

We also take a moment to celebrate the Edinburgh Virtual Festivals that took place this past monthand look to the weeks ahead.

With music from Laura McGheeSgoil Lionacleit Pipe BandBand of the Coldstream Guards and John Condron.
Presented by Jamie McGeechan, with ASF President, Camilla Hellman. 

The podcast is available from SpotifyAnchor  and Apple Podcasts

For more information on our previous podcast episodes see our dedicated page here.