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Robert Pel makes and sells contemporary kilts
Robert Pel makes and sells contemporary kilts

Taking Kilts into the 21st century

Scottish emigrants ended up in nearly every corner of the world, so highland games featuring all things Scottish have also become widespread. A number of specialized vendors follow this busy summer circuit, bringing goods to throngs of their most likely customers. At this year's Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario one such booth included a compact tailor's shop. Industrial sewing machines sat ready for serious stitching, with crisp fashion displays out front. And what was on the manikins? Kilts, of course. But not Great-granddad's scratchy plaids. Innovator Robert Pel told Lucy Martin the always-evolving garment is going mainstream.  Go to full article
That which is haggis. Source: Wikipedia
That which is haggis. Source: Wikipedia

Scots celebrate a poet's life with food and music

Robert Burns was born in Scotland in 1759, and is widely celebrated as that country's greatest poet. Countless Burns Suppers are held around the globe, on or near his birthday on January 25. There's extra enthusiasm this year, which marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. The evenings typically feature bagpipes, songs and poems by Scotland's bard, and good scotch whiskey--along with something called haggis: sheep liver and lungs mixed with oatmeal, onions and spices, steamed together in a sheep's stomach. Lucy Martin sampled all but the whiskey at a senior's "Burns Lunch" in North Gower last week.  Go to full article
Dougie MacLean at the Aberlemno Stone, Angus, Scotland
Dougie MacLean at the Aberlemno Stone, Angus, Scotland

Preview: Dougie MacLean in Potsdam

One of Scotland's most successful and popular folk singers visits the North Country this week. Dougie MacLean performs in SUNY-Potsdam's Hosmer Hall this Thursday night (7:30). Todd Moe spoke with him about Scotland, his music and his "signature" guitar.  Go to full article

A Host of Harps in Scotland

It might be a world's record - some 200 harpists gathered in the same room this week for a concert in Edinburgh, Scotland. Adirondack Harper Martha Gallagher was there. She says the "Host of Harps" was part of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. She spoke with Todd Moe from Scotland.  Go to full article

Music: Bagpiper Hollis Easter

Hollis Easter brings the musical heritage of Scotland to our studios. Hollis grew up in Potsdam and recently returned from a year-long trek in Scotland studying bagpipes and traditional Scottish tunes. He and pianist Susie Petrov will give a concert Saturday afternoon (4 pm) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton.  Go to full article

Potsdam Piper Heads to Scotland

Hollis Easter and Susie Petrov bring the musical heritage of Scotland to our studios. They're preparing for a concert Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton featuring traditional Scottish tunes. Hollis was recently awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study abroad. Todd Moe talks with Hollis about the upcoming concert and his year-long trek to Scotland.  Go to full article

Preview: A Tribute To Poet Robert Burns

The United Presbyterian Church in Sackets Harbor is hosting a mid-winter celebration in honor of Scottish Poet Robert Burns on Saturday. Martha Foley talks with the Reverend Cynthia Walton about the dinner, which features haggis, turnips, mashed potatoes and shortbread, followed by poems, music and Scottish Country Dancing.  Go to full article

Preview: Celtic Music Concert

Potsdam bagpiper Hollis Easter and his teacher Susie Petrov present a concert of Celtic music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam, Saturday at 4 o'clock. It's free and open to the public. Todd Moe chats with Hollis, who started playing the pipes 3 years ago.  Go to full article

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