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Thousands of spectators show their Scottish pride at the 2018 Tartan Day Parade

We take a moment here to look back at the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade which took place on April 7th, the highlight to a week of events… so much to report on, so many to thank – and we have to mention how we were under the threat of snow – and it didnt happen – brisk but clear.

Related imageASF presented several events during the week in addition to a series of lunchtime concerts at Bryant Park.  A thank you to all those who helped with the programming which included

– Tea with a Highlander, a talk with celebrated author The Hon. Sarah Fraser of Lovat introducing us to ‘The Prince who would Be King’, co-hosted by Clans & Castles , Walkers Shortbread, Harper Collins and Harneys Teas

– an opportunity to learn more around the discovering of your Scottish roots with Dr Bruce Durie

– ‘A Taste of Scotland’ with a menu prepared by Scotland’s National Chef Gary MacLean,  co-hosted with City of Glasgow College

–  ASF Members & Friends Post Parade Reception at which we were joined by many guests from Scotland including the Archie Foundation, Clans & Castles, The Convenyor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Donald MacLeod of MacLeod, members of VisitScotland, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Office.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, crowd and outdoorThank you to all who joined the The American-Scottish Foundation® contingenet and marched with us in the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade – AND to all those who cheered us on.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, walking and outdoorKT Tunstall was a fabulous Grand Marshal – the first woman to lead the Parade.  AND Congratulations to all the volunteers and our fellow NYC Tartan Week committee members – EVERYONE did a great

We have discovered a few highlights of  Parade Day captured in a video  on You Tube.  – from the Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace presented by The American-Scottish Foundation® at Bryant Park and onward to the Parade.

A thank you to The Accrington Pipe BandThe Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic WatchShamrock and Thistle Pipes and DrumsThe Highland DivasShot of Scotch – NYC’s Premier Scottish Highland Dancers and Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Bandl for being part of the pre Parade Bryant Park concert, https://youtu.be/W-cPpsj2wBQ

Prior to the Parade the young band of pipers from Sgoli Lionacleit had an opportunity to meet Keith Brown MSP for Clackmannanshire & Dunblane who could not resist the opportunity to try out a snare drum which he is pictured “carrying” below.

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The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band  performed twice at Bryant Park – and for their second performance they were joined by 18 year old Lisa Kowalski  who is winning recognition throughout the UK – this was her first visit to New York and the Parade.  The involvement of the young performers is something ASF fully embraces within our ongoing bursary program – and reflects Scotland’s message of  the Year of Young People.

Also taking part in the lunchtime concerts were Craig Weir and the multi talented Hannah Read – who left the following day for a month long tour in support of her latest album. Both Craig and Hannah have helped us in the development of the lunchtime concerts, a Thank you to everyone who took part.

Great performances from all

The Daily News carried a great report on the day which we link to below… “Scots of all ages proudly celebrated their homeland during the 2018 Tartan Day Parade in Manhattan on April 7, 2018.

Image result for daily news tartan day paradeThe annual march, now in its 20th year, was led by Scottish singer   KT Tunstall and included pipers playing traditional Scottish songs, dancers, flag twirlers, aplenty of dogs for the cheering crowd of spectators.” New York Daily News:


The Music of New York Tartan Week

New York Tartan Week is just around the corner and what a fantastic celebration it will be with people coming from all over the globe to experience a uniquely brilliant event which has something to offer everyone.

New York Tartan Week is a celebration of Scottish-American heritage culture and community and a brilliant experience which will see you wanting to come back each year for more!

Music plays a central role in celebrating that shared community and culture; the music traditions brought over by Scots have survived and thrived in North America to this very day.

It’s fair to say that the shared passion for music and culture has brought about real fusion and development of new style and approach whilst respecting the traditions of the past. Discovering new ways, paths and approaches has always been central to the Scottish-American identity and nowhere is this more evident in the culture and creations borne from our partnership and shared legacy.

Music, as with the Scots-American heritage itself has experienced real innovation and fusion over the past few hundred years and you can hear Scottish influences in everything from Appalachian, folk and even country music.

It’s fantastic that the old traditions are preserved an continued by many talented and passionate musicians across North America, some of which are performing at NYC Tartan Week this year alongside some musical guests from Scotland also! With live music performances all over the city there’s something for everyone and of course with a huge amount of pipe bands marching in the Tartan Week Parade on April 8th you can experience something truly unforgettable.

Musical performances at Tartan Week this year include:

April  3:
Kyle Carey
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)

April  4:
Emerald Rae
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)

April 5:
Little Fire 

Beer Authority – 6pm (free)

Wight Hot Pipes & Scottish Octopus
Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant – 8pm ($20)

Mike Ogletree
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)

April 6:
Little Fire 
Deacon Brodies – 3pm (free)

Tartan Day Observance 
The Highland Divas, St Columba School Pipe Band
Bryant Park 12:30pm

Kodak Ghosts
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)

April  7:
Mike Ogletree
Pre-Parade Ceilidh- 6pm

Little Fire 
St Andrews Pub – 8pm (free)

The Highland Divas & Guests
The Cutting Room – 10:30pm
(Tickets $25/30 adv)
  – Purchase tickets here.

April 8:
The Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace Bryant Park  (Free)
11:35am – Lathallan School Pipe Band
11:55am – Oban School Pipe Band
12:15pm – Bonnie Brae Knights Drummers
12:30pm – St Columba School Pipe Band
12:45pm – Shamrock & Thistle

Post Parade Party
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 4:00pm
Glengarry Bhoys, Gleadhraich, Scottish Octopus, Wight Hot Pipes, The Highland Divas
(Tickets $85 reserved/$65 general admission) Purchase tickets here.

James MacMillan – St. Luke Passion: New York Premiere
St. Bartholomew’s Church – 8pm
(Tickets $40 Balcony/$50 Prime Seating) Purchase tickets here.

— Jamie McGeechan
Music Reporter for the American Scottish Foundation

Renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, holds rare exhibit : June 10th – 26th, Glasgow Caledonian University, 64 Wooster Street, NYC.

Andy ScottA rare exhibit of renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott (sculptor), is now on show at the New York campus of Glasgow Caledonian University,           64 Wooster Street, NYC.    The show runs now through June 26th.                                                                                           The exhibit through a series of bronze sculptures and sketches, shows us Scott’s love of the horse, especially the large working Clydesdales.

In  2014 Andy Scott’s completed his largest public work to date when The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world standing over 100ft tall, were unveiled at the       Helix Park, Falkirk.

Scott normally presents LARGE public works, and for this show he is presenting twelve bronze sculptures and two wonderful larger steel pieces.  These are shown together with maquettes (scale models) of some of his famous public works.Kelpies bathed in Gold                                                                                                              Also on display are sketches and drawings showing the process for making his landmark public figurative and equine works.                                                                Scott in recent years, produced some of Scotland’s leading art in the public space.  In addition to the Kelpies he has created Arria in Cumbernauld, Ravenscraig’s Steelman and the Heavy Horse.

In addition to the smaller series of bronze sculptures for the show, Scott has also been collaborating with renowned silversmiths Hamilton & Inches and cabinetmakers Method Studios.  Together they are developing a bespoke sterling silver chess set to mark Hamilton & Inches’ 150th Anniversary.  All the chess pieces will be based upon the horse.

kelpies bryant parksIn Spring 2014, The American-Scottish Foundation® in conjunction with Andy Scott and Falkirk Council, worked to bring the Kelpies maquettes to New York, where they took up residence for several weeks on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park.

They looked very “at home” on the Fountain Terrace and many of us wished they could stay but they had to continue their world travels.

Kelpies Sculptor Andy Scott Announces Gallery Show in New York

Award winning and celebrated Scottish sculptor Andy Scott has announced that he will hold his first major gallery show in New York this coming June at the Glasgow Caledonian University Campus.

Scott received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters this past November from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in recognition of his renowned talent and creativity as a sculptor and his specialisms in the field of steel structures.”


Image via scottsculptures.co.uk

Scott, who studied at Glasgow School of Art, creates his monumental metal sculptures in his Glasgow workshop. He is most famous for his landmark Kelpies monument at Helix Park in Falkirk. He spent eight years working on the Kelpies, which are a pair of steel horse heads 30 meters high. They are the largest works of art in Scotland and the largest equine sculptures in the world. In their first year alone, the Kelpies attracted 1.4 million visitors.

In 2014, the ASF worked with Scott to bring the Kelpies to New York. The 20ft Kelpie macquettes were on display during Scotland Week 2014 on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park. The Kelpies attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Plaza bringing a focus to the 100ft Kelpies which were being installed at the Helix Falkirk at that time.


Image via flickr.com

As Andy Scott says of the Kelpies, “They stand testament to the achievements of the past, a tribute to artisanship and engineering and a proud declaration of intent for the future of Scotland.”


Image via scottsculptures.co.uk

The Kelpies will feature in the upcoming New York gallery, depicted with the full bodies that one might imagine to be hiding ‘beneath the ground’ at their Falkirk site. The gallery, which will last two months from June, will also feature a show of small sculptures, photographs and other images. Scott is currently working on a series of small clay maquettes, which will be cast in bronze for the show. “The process for me now is different,” he explains,  “I am working on intricate clay models when I am usually hitting something with a five pound hammer.” 

Although Scott admits that the vast amount of work threatens to “do his head in,” he is thankful for the chance to share his work with an American audience. “When an opportunity like this comes along you would be foolish not to seize it with both hands,” he said.

The American-Scottish Foundation looks forward to attending Andy Scott’s gallery show this June and will share further updates on the upcoming GCU Exhibit as they are announced.

Read more about the New York exhibition here.

Learn more about Andy Scott by visiting his website, here.

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


The Kelpies


Bryant Park, in New York City, will welcome two 15 ft tall scale models of Glasgow-born artist Andy Scott’s ‘The Kelpies’ sculptures from March 19th to April 22nd next year, in the lead up to the internationally acclaimed week of Scottish celebrations in the city.

December 18, 2013 (see the original release on PRWEB)

One of the world’s highest profile public spaces is to showcase a major new arts project which is set to transform Scotland’s tourism map. Bryant Park in New York City, will welcome two 15 ft tall scale models of Glasgow-born artist Andy Scott’s ‘The Kelpies’ sculptures from March 19th to April 22nd next year. 

Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, pictured with Duke and Baron, the Clydesdale horses that were the inspiration for The Kelpies.

The Kelpies – two 100ft steel horses heads which are the largest equine sculptures in the world – are the centre piece of the £43 million Helix land transformational project between Falkirk and Grangemouth in central Scotland and are expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors a year to Falkirk – a town just 30 minutes’ drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

They will also boost the central Scotland economy by around £1.5 million per annum and provide the area with its second ‘top ten’ UK tourist attraction.

The Helix will transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban green space. Once complete, it will be an outdoor recreational area open to all, offering easy access to picturesque woodland, a central park with a lagoon, linked walking paths and cycleways.

Thanks to terrific support from The City of New York Parks and Recreation, Bryant Park Corporation, and the American-Scottish Foundation®, the scale models (known as the Maquettes) will be seen by more than 250,000 people a day during the period they are on display next spring.

In addition, a program of lunchtime concerts is being planned around the sculptures on Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace as part of next year’s celebration of Scottish arts and culture in the heart of Manhattan.

Andy Scott, the Scottish sculptor who created The Kelpies, said:
“The Kelpies pay homage to Scotland’s heavy horses which played a vital role in agriculture and industry in Scotland. They exemplify the best of creativity, engineering and project management and are soon to be the largest public artworks in the country, and the largest equine sculptures in the world – they have been almost eight years in the making.

“It is a huge privilege to be invited to display the Maquettes at Bryant Park, and I am confident they will help to put Scotland, and the Helix project, firmly on the map – not only for resident New Yorkers, but for international visitors to the city.”

The Maquettes have previously been showcased in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh.

Dan Biederman, President of Bryant Park Corporation, said:
“It is a great pleasure to work with the American Scottish Foundation and Scotland to host these sculptures and the ‘Tartan Week’ performances in Bryant Park. The park is one of the busiest public spaces in the world and a perfect location for showcasing arts and culture.”

The Helix development is being driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals and the construction phase for the 100 ft. tall Kelpies was completed in November 2013. Work on the site’s visitor and parking facilities is currently underway and the development will officially open to the public in the summer of 2014.

A spokesman for The Helix team said the unique agreement with the Bryant Park Corporation was a major development for The Kelpies and for Scotland.
He said: “New York City is said by many to be the cultural capital of the world, and so this unique opportunity to position The Kelpies as an International sculptural landmark and visitor destination represents fantastic recognition for the project, raising awareness of the beneficial impact it will have on the local area and on the whole of Scotland.

“It is a huge gesture of approval for The Kelpies to be chosen for this venue and a true accolade for the sculptures and The Helix. I hope that some of the thousands of people who see these sculptures on display in Bryant Park will take time in the future to visit The Helix if they come to Scotland.

“Bryant Park is within a few blocks of Times Square, the Empire State building and the New York City Library, and has a daily footfall in excess of 30,000 people per day and over 200,000 people pass by the park each day.”

The Maquettes have previously been showcased in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh.

The Kelpies’ arrival in Bryant Park is a partnership between the Helix Project, The City of New York Parks and Recreation, Bryant Park Corporation, and the American-Scottish Foundation.

Bryant Park is a 9,603 acre public park, privately managed by the non-profit Bryant Park Corporation, located in the New York borough of Manhattan. It is located between 5th and 6th Avenue and between 40th and 42nd streets in mid-town Manhattan.

For the Helix, Andy Scott and The Kelpies:
Charles Mann, Associate Director, 3×1
Tel. +00 44 141 221 0707 or +00 44 7825 153 599.
E-mail: cmann(at)3×1(dot)com

Nicola Macnaughton, Account Manager, 3×1
Tel. +00 44 141 221 0707 or +00 44 7725 638 246.
E-mail: nmacnaughton(at)3×1(dot)com

For the American-Scottish Foundation:
Camilla Hellman, Executive Director
Tel: 212 605 0338 x 4
Email: asfevents(at)wwbcny(dot)com

Video courtesy of The Helix

Video courtesy of ITN


THE HELIX: The Helix is a £43 million land transformation project being driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals. It will transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban green space. Once complete, the Helix will be an outdoor recreational area open to all, offering easy access to picturesque woodland, a central park with a lagoon, linked walking paths and cycleways. The Helix will also open up Scotland’s canal network by installing a new full-length canal link and a canal hub featuring the Kelpies http://www.thehelix.co.uk/

ANDY SCOTT: Andy Scott is a world renowned Scottish figurative sculptor, specialising in public artworks. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture in 1986. In addition to The Kelpies, his portfolio now extends to over 70 projects across the UK and internationally including several monumental landmark sculptures. A selection of his portfolio can be seen at http://www.scottsculptures.co.uk/

FALKIRK COUNCIL: Falkirk Council is a unitary authority which provides all local government services for the Falkirk Council area. Covering 112 square miles, it has a population of 151,570 and extends from Banknock in the west of the region to Blackness in the east and from South Alloa in the North as far as Limerigg in the south. The area contains varied countryside, including areas of considerable landscape quality. It also contains the port of Grangemouth and depends for its prosperity on a broad industrial base which includes sizeable industrial areas in Falkirk and Grangemouth http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/

SCOTTISH CANALS: Scottish Canals is the public body responsible for looking after all of Scotland’s canals. It conserves the waterways as part of Scotland’s heritage, ensuring they play a vital role in the way the country operates. The environment and heritage of the canal network is integral to the work of Scottish Canals, and the organisation ensures the canals are managed in such a way to ensure maximum enjoyment for all http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/

THE AMERICAN-SCOTTISH FOUNDATION®: The American-Scottish Foundation is an international not-for- profit organization. Its aim is to establish links and strengthen ties between Scotland and the United States, through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, and business activities http://americanscottishfoundation.com/

BRYANT PARK CORPORATION: Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park, one of the busiest public spaces in the world, without government or philanthropic funding. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the lawn and seasonal gardens, BPC creates amenities and activities in Bryant Park for over 5 million visitors each year. BPC’s website http://www.bryantpark.org/ has more detailed information plus a complete schedule of the upcoming wide range of free events.

THE NEW YORK TARTAN DAY PARADE: The New York Tartan Day Parade will take place on SaturdayApril 5th, stepping off at 44th and Sixth Avenue, two blocks north of Bryant Park and The Kelpies.

In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared April 6 to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. In 1999, two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN—our first Parade! Since then, it has grown to include hundreds of pipers, thousands of marchers and many more thousands cheering from the sidelines.

Website for Parade details: http://nyctartanweek.org/tartan-day/

Further historical information of National Tartan Day is available at http://www.tartanday.org/history