In words and music with Readings from Senate Resolution & Presidential Decrees, Excerpts from the Declaration of Arbroath

Event Information

  • DATE: Friday April 7, 2024
  • TIME: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community.
  • MASTER OF CEREMONIES Kenneth Donnelly
  • Remarks from Charles, Lord Bruce and visiting dignitaries

Musical Performances Include:

  • Craig Weir - Piper
  • Highland Divas
  • Pipers and Dancers of Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo


Kenneth Donnelly

Native born Scot from Lanarkshire, Scotland. American citizen, Kenneth came to the USA to work for Pan American Airways in 1982. He now lives in Ridgefield, CT.

An avid cyclist, golfer, skier and curler!

Senior Program Manager at Mitsubishi Bank of Tokyo, New York specializing in Global Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Global Markets

  • Chairman, American-Scottish Foundation
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked #3 college of drama in the world
  • Member, International Advisory Board of University of the Highlands, Inverness, Scotland
  • Member of President’s Club, Glasgow City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the University Club, NYC
  • Past President of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New York Branch
  • Past President of the Saint Andrews Society of CT
  • Listed in the Social Register

Glasgow University, Scotland, B.Sc. Computer Science & Mathematics.
Wharton School of Business (UPenn.) Corporate Financial Analysis.

The Performers

Craig Weir

Craig is one of the country’s most highly esteemed pipers and has been involved in a range of major high profile performances. He has appeared on stage with various acts including Queen + Adam Lambert, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, The Courteeners, Bay City Rollers and Rudimental. Craig has also performed for various important dignitaries including various members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty The Queen and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

He has also performed for Michelle Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Calvin Harris, Sir Billy Connolly and Sir Alex Ferguson among others. He has performed at events including Commonwealth Games and the MOBO Awards. Craig also fronts ‘Craig Weir & the Cabalistic Cavalry’ on vocals, guitar and ukulele.

The Highland Divas

Georgia, Margaret & Marla are The Highland Divas. Two from Scotland, and one from New Zealand. Three women with diverse musical backgrounds and a common heritage.

These uniquely talented artists will take you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Ireland, Scotland & New Zealand & culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. A journey from the most achingly spare Celtic ballads to the most thrilling, harmonized interpretations of Popular & Classical Music.