Scots In Us Podcast

The American Scotland Foundation proudly presents our bi-weekly Scots In Us Podcast.

Available on the second and fourth Monday of the month, our podcasts spotlight the ASF, partners, events and initiatives taking place in the community.

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, featuring weekly guests and contributors we feature a wide range of news, events and music all with a focus on Scotland and throughout the American Scottish community in North America.

You can listen to our podcast on a variety of platforms, including Anchor, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

CURRENT EPISODE: Monday November 21st 7PM

Join us for this podcast as we focus on some brilliant Scottish organizations helping young people.

This week, we have have turned our focus to children and share with you the wonderful work each of our guests are undertaking: Join us as we are In conversation with David Cunningham CEO, Kids Operating Room as we learn of the work of this Scottish charity who are bring children access to life-changing and life-saving surgery from Africa to Latin America, transforming the lives of vulnerable children. 

We’re joined by Virginia Radcliffe and Ruby Zajac from Glasgow based theatre company Licketyspit who share with us their innovative ways they connect and engage with young people and their families using music, drama and play.  

Author Pavle Sabic joins us and introduces us to the best travelled and kindest of Otters, Walter the Wanderer. 

With music from Hannah Read, Alan Frew, Licketyspit

You can listen to our podcast on a variety of platforms, including AnchorApple Podcasts and Spotify.

APRIL 27 A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2020

“In Conversation” – With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events. Camilla Hellman, President, American Scottish Foundation, discusses the virtual recognition of National Tartan Day, The Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary and other important April events that the community looked to not overlook. 

With music from Alan Frew, Hannah Read and Colin Hunter


MAY 11 CLANS, THE LORD LYON AND HIGHLAND GAMES 2020

“In Conversation” with John King Bellassai,  Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  Bellassai discusses the state of the US Scottish Clans and the role played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The historic role of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms is also explained explained as well as the challenges facing the Highland Games in 2020. 

With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller 


MAY 25 WORDS, MUSIC, WHISKY, GIN

“In Conversation” with David Stirling, Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador for Arbikie Highland Estate as David discusses their f fresh and exciting approach to distilling as well as informing us about Arbikie’s environmentally conscious ethos and their exciting and innovative range of gins, vodkas and rye.

Greg King, Brand Ambassador for Glendronach and BenRiach joins us to explain all about the fascinating history of Glendronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Based in the Valley of Forgue in the East Highland Hills, Glendronach has been in operation for nearly 200 years. 

With music from Have Mercy Las Vegas, John Rush and Laura McGhee.


JUNE 8TH COME DANCE – THE WORLD OF THE CEILIDH

In this episode ‘Come Dance – The World of the Ceilidh” we explore the great Scottish tradition that is the ceilidh and talk with top Scottish music talents to explore their contemporary and progressive approaches to the ceilidh. 

“In Conversation” with Whisky Kiss – the chart topping Ceilidh Band
and award winning musical theater composers, Noisemaker

Camilla Hellman, ASF President and Jamie close with a round up of news from within the Scottish American diaspora.


JUNE 26TH – SPRING ROUNDUP EPISODE

A look back and reflection on our first four episodes of the ScotsinUS Podcast as we discuss our wonderful guests and music on the podcast. Featuring a news round up and message from ASF President Camilla Hellman as we look forward to the months ahead.


 JULY 6TH – EXPLORING SCOTTISH ROOTS

Exploring Scottish Roots” – In this episode of the podcast we talk with renowned genealogist, heraldist and author Dr Bruce Durie as we discuss how to trace your Scottish ancestry and explore your Scottish roots. We are also In Conversation with Bart Forbes, President of the Clan Forbes Society as we talk about the wonderful energy and drive that Bart has brought to the Clan Forbes Society. 

With music from Lisa Kowalski, Anna MacDonald, Mike Nisbet, Gleadhraich. 


JULY 20TH – MIDSUMMER BURNS

On this episode of the ScotsInUS Podcast from the American Scottish Foundation we explore the legacy of Robert Burns in music, poetry and conversation. 

Joining us In Conversation: Kenneth Donnelly, President of the Burns Society of the City of New York.
Hugh Farrell, Chair of the Friends of The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
Alistair McCulloch, Scottish fiddle virtuoso and sole custodian of the famous ‘Gregg Violin’ thought to have been played by Robert Burns himself.

With music from Anna MacDonald, Jamie McGeechan, Fraya Thomsen and Mr McFalls Chamber.


MONDAY AUGUST 10TH: The Highland Games go Virtual!

Joining us In Conversation: 

Peter Wilson, President of Great Scot International – The Scottish Grocer & President Scottish Heritage USA as he shares with us his experiences The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 

Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots

Deb Dalziel from Fergus Scottish Festival

Amy Lehman, Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Highland Games

We have wonderful music from James HarperMeredith McCrindleHarpist and Seán Gray & Andrew Finn Magill.


MONDAY AUGUST 24: SPOTLIGHT ON SOUNDS FROM SCOTLAND

In this episode we shine the spotlight on some of the wonderful Scottish musicians who have been performing on our monthly Sounds From Scotland Online Music Concerts and played on our Scots In Us Podcast. We are delighted to showcase music from Scotland to our audience and in this episode we will shine the spotlight on these wonderful talents.

Join Jamie and Camilla for conversation, news and of course great music!

With music from The Alan Frew BandAnna MacDonaldChris Andreucci MusicColin HunterHannah ReadJohn RushLaura Mcghee MusicLisa KowalskiMatt ScottMike NisbetNoisemakerReely JiggeredSeán Heely and Whisky Kiss


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.


MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST: ‘2020: THE CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD:

In this episode we are joined by Joni Smith, the Scottish Government’s Counsellor for Scottish Affairs to North America and Gus Noble, President of Chicago Scots and CEO of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care.

We discuss the unique challenges that this year has presented us all. We learn all about the work of The Scottish Government in the USA, their mission and we draw attention to the vital work that they do for us all in the Scottish community in North America.

Gus Noble shares with us some of the many wonderful experiences and stories of community and friendship that he has experienced this year with Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care. The Chicago Scots are great friends to us here at The American Scottish Foundation and we are always so pleased to speak with Gus.

With music from Starry Skies, Sean C Kennedy and Anna Sweeney.

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MONDAY OCTOBER 12TH – OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY

In this podcast we are joined by Sean Cairney, Director of The Scottish Banner. Based in Sydney, Australia, The Scottish Banner has been keeping our Scottish global community informed for over 40 years! Sean joins us to share insight as to the beginnings of The Scottish Banner and it’s origins. Sean tells us what the Scottish global community means to him and shares some of his favorite stories about The Scottish Banner and it’s many readers across the globe.

We’re joined for an introduction by Cameron Steer, our Sports Ambassador and Sports Reporter who will be bringing us news and updates on sport from Scotland and on leading Scottish athletes in North America.

We have music from Mark Copeland, Mara Shea and Kodak Ghosts.

MONDAY 26TH OCTOBER – THE NEW NORMAL

In this episode we take a look back at some of our recent podcasts and guests as well as focusing on:

Our very first ASF@Home event delivered in partnership with Mary’s Meanders. Anne Daly of Mary Meanders delivered a wonderful talk all about Mary Queen of Scots And The Men Who Influenced her life. 

We’ll hear about our recent conversation with Sean Cairney from The Scottish Banner in the Our Global Community . Sean does so much for the global community of Scots. A family business the Scottish Banner continues to be such a great asset to the Scottish community.

In September we were joined by Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to North America for the Scottish Government. Joni talked about the importance of the American – Scottish connection and praised the work of American – Scottish organizations in doing all that they do to support the relationship. 

We were joined in September by Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots and CEO of the Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care. Gus told us about the amazing ways that the local community have been rallying together in support of the Scottish Home and how important that support has been to their community. Gus explained how this year they held a virtual highland games and celebration of their ancestry and links to Scotland, it was wonderful.

Also earlier in September we were joined by the brilliant Laura McGhee as we paid tribute to all those affected by 9/11 and her involvement in commemoration events.

With music from Laura McGhee, Mark Copeland and Starry Skies.

Monday November 9TH:  Shetland Island Wool & Textiles – Spotlight on Shetland Wool Week 

We are In Conversation with Oliver Henry from Jamieson and Smith, leading wool brokers in Shetland and we learn of the process of working in the renowned Shetland wool industry, the skills and knowledge of which have been passed down over the generations. 

 We continue our journey with Janette Budge.

Janette is a Shetland knitwear designer and tutor with a great deal of passion for Shetland wool and textiles. Janette is involved in Shetland Wool Week, Shetland PeerieMakkers and the Shetland Guild of Spinners Knitters Weavers and Dyers.

With Music from Malachy TallackHom Bru and Filska.

Our podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Anchor.

If you would like to get in touch with any news or events please email us:

americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com