"Migrating Music: Songs inspired by the Scottish Diaspora."
On Friday evening, April 5th at 6 in the evening, a public concert/lecture was held at the First Presbyterian Church on 5th Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets. The concert was organized by the Nationals Museums of Scotland and was followed by a wine tasting thanks to Ben Nevis Distillery.
Scottish Power Pipe Band Performance at Washington Irving High School
On Thursday April 4th, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Washington Irving High School to see the Scottish Power Pipe Band; the Monaghan Pipe Band of NYC; Phil Cunningham and his group along with special guest, pipe soloist Duncan Fraser performed a benefit concert for the widows and children of New York Police and Fire Departments. The performance was spectacular with the audience frequently giving the performers a well deserved standing ovation.
The Monaghan Pipe Band was introduced as the premiere pipe band in New York City; the Scottish Power Pipe Band as the premiere pipe band in the world. It is easy to see why they have been given this title. The musicians played deftly through music with rapid rhythmic changes and complex syncopations that made it clear why their reputations are well deserved.
The Monaghan Pipe Band, with Pipe Major John J. Wassman and Pipe Sergeant Peter Skae, Lead Drummer Gordon Bell and Tenor Line Captain Rob Cirincione played first performing 3/4, 6/8, and 2/4 marches and a medley of songs.
ScottishPower Pipe band with Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod, Drum Sergeant John Scullion and Pipe Sergeant Rory Grossart then took over the stage and performed a dazzling array of reels, hornpipes, airs and jigs. Pipe Major MacLeod gave a brief introduction to each set.
In addition to the two pipe bands, the audience was treated to a great performance by composer-performer Phil Cunningham. Like the others, Cunningham is an award winning musician and was made MBE for his services to Scottish music. Cunningham had organized a band of Foss Peterson, Davie Paton, Malcolm Scott and Jim Walker for this occasion.