Links of Interest

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Cultural Resources

Links of Interest provided by St. Andrews Society of Maine.Maine Ulster Scots – The Maine Ulster Scots Project (MUSP) has been created to promote awareness of Maine’s Scots-Irish heritage and to gather and archive the histories of Maine’s Ulster-Scots families, up to and including the time of the American Revolution.

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch – The Boston branch was the first branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society established outside the United Kingdom and, of course, the first branch in North America. Since 1950, the Branch has been promoting, entertaining, and educating an increasing community of the joys of Scottish dance and music.

Southern Maine School of Scottish Dance – We are happy to announce Scottish dance school in Portland, Maine. Their mission is to provide elite training in the art of traditional Scottish Highland Dance in a fun and supportive environment.

University of Edinburgh, Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies – This is a new, distance learning course (conducted completely online) which offers a Post Graduate Certificate in Scottish Culture & Heritage. This commences in September this year and can be completed over 2 years part-time or 1 year full time. The flagship resource for this new course is the digital audio archive website, Tobar an Dualchais/ Kist o Riches, which currently holds almost 31,500 recordings in Scots, English and Gaelic, covering traditional music, song, folklore, social history and all forms of cultural tradition.

Pipe Bands

Anah Highlanders – A Bangor, Me based pipe band, supporting the Shriners’ children’s hospitals. Impressive in appearance and impressive musically, they “parade so others may walk”.

Dunlap Highland Band – We are a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preservation and enjoyment of Scottish music and tradition. The primary purpose of the Band is to encourage those members of the general public who are interested, especially the youth of the community, to pursue a Scottish musical education without creating financial burden. A secondary purpose is to provide instruments and/or help with uniforms for those members of the Band who would otherwise find participation impossible. We are able to accomplish these goals with the money we earn at performance events, fundraising and through the generous donations we receive from various individuals, businesses and organizations such as the St. Andrews Society of Maine.

Kora Shriners – Their mission— The Kora Highlanders are a Bag Pipe / Drum Band. In 1979 a group of Nobles envisioned putting a Pipe Band together. They started practicing on their own. On September 28, 1981, the pipe / drum unit was accepted as a new unit of Kora. The band was and is still called the Kora Highlanders. The original unit consisted of 10 members. Present membership is 18.

Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps – “The purposes of this organization are: to honor all of our  public safety comrades both locally and nationally by providing Scottish music for funerals and memorials without any cost; to represent the men and women of Maine’s Public Safety by participating in a variety of events including, but not limited to, funerals, memorials, fairs, community events, parades, highland games/gatherings, and competitions; to further Celtic and Scottish traditions in public performances; and to teach Highland Bagpiping and Scottish Style pipe band drumming.”

Maine St. Andrew’s Pipes & Drums – We are a bagpipe band based in Ellsworth Maine. MSAPD entertains audiences throughout Maine in parades and concerts, competes in Highland Games in New England and Canada, and provides educational presentations to Maine’s school children.

 

Stage Bands/Performers

Colin Grant-Adams – Scottish balladeer. One man, one guitar – another favorite at the Maine games!                 As a solo artist, Colin touches every emotion with his enthusiastic, high-energy, professional and artistic performance, tailored to fit any occasion, Scottish, Irish, Folk, Schools or Workshops. His captivating repertoire of Traditional Celtic-American, bluegrass and nationally acclaimed original material, delivered with his powerful tenor voice, and fiery quick guitar together with irrepressible good humor and stories. This mixed with sing-along songs and even some unbelievable yodeling appealing to audiences of all ages.

Charlie Zahm– A Games favorite.  Charlie is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime, and American Traditional music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!

 

Tourism Information

Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber

Maine Office of Tourism

Maine Tourism Association

Association of Scottish Games and Festivals