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ScotsInUs Podcast from The American Scottish Foundation

ScotsInUs Podcast from The American Scottish Foundation

By American Scottish Foundation
The American Scottish Foundation, national 501C3 organization. A bridge between the US and Scotland.. Strengthening and preserving cultural and heritage ties.

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan the podcast will shine a light of focus on the ASF and our diaspora partners, events and initiatives taking place in the community. We will feature a range of conversations, news and music all with a focus on Scotland and the American Scottish diaspora.

You can get in touch with us at americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com

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Scottish American Diaspora 2021
On the new episode of the #ScotsInUs Podcast we are joined by Viscount Dunrossil, Andrew Morrison as we learn about Clan Morrison and about how the Standing Council of Scottish Chief has increased visibility in the US and their plans at this very critical time for Highland Games and Clan organizations. We also speak with David Hannay, Chief of Clan Hannay Society and learn of how the Scottish American diaspora is helping in the restoration of Sorbie Tower in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. We are joined by Cheryl Gowing, President, Scottish American Society of South Florida and Secretary for Association of Scottish Games & Festivals. Cheryl shares with us the history and role of the Association of Scottish Games and Festivals and how it has evolved. Cheryl explains how Games themselves are evolving and on recent digital delivery of festivals and events. Presented by Jamie McGeechan.  Interviews presented by American Scottish Foundation President Camilla Hellman, MBE. Music from Hannah Read and Shaz Martin. www.americanscottishfoundation.org
01:00:01
March 2, 2021
KILT SKATE GOES INTERNATIONAL
Don Cummer of the Scottish Society of Ottawa joins Camilla Hellman, President of the American Scottish Foundation in conversation.  Music from Scott MacDonald, Scott Garden, Scott Figgins Alan Frew www.americanscottishfoundation.org
35:22
February 16, 2021
In Conversation with Rt Hon Viscount Thurso, Chairman, VisitScotland
Join us In Conversation with Rt Hon Viscount Thurso, Chairman, as he speaks of his role leading Scotland's tourism body.VisitScotland Lord Thurso outlines new initiatives and plans for 2021 and beyond as we traverse the "new normal". Musical interludes from Anna Robertson, Scott Figgins & James Harper. Intro music from Meredith McCrindle. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with Camilla G Hellman, MBE, President, ASF. The ScotsInUs Podcast is available on Anchor, Apple Podcasts and Spotify, just search for 'ScotsInUs' !
47:16
February 2, 2021
Celebrating Robert Burns
In this episode we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Robert Burns with some recitals and music also. Guests include: Kenneth C. Donnelly, Chairman of the American Scottish Foundation and President of the Burns Society of the City of New York, Emily Redman, Marketing Manager at Scotland Shop, Alistair McCulloch  We also have some wonderful music from  Sophie Craig - Ae Fond Kiss Anna MacDonald - A Red, Red Rose Alistair McCulloch performing live on the famous Gregg Violin Presented by Jamie McGeechan with American Scottish Foundation President Camilla Hellman, MBE www.americanscottishfoundation.org
50:51
January 19, 2021
Looking Back and Looking Forward
In this episode we'll be taking a look back at some of the wonderful conversations and guests that we had on the Scots In Us Podcast in 2020 including: Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to the USA, Scottish Government Gus Noble, President of Chicago Scots and CEO of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care John Bellassai, President of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations Amy Lehman, New Hampshire Highland Games Deb Dalziel, Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games David Cunningham, CEO of Kids Operating Room With music from Hannah Read, Lisa Kowalski, Chris Andreucci, Colin Hunter, Laura Mcghee, John Rush and Noisemaker. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with ASF President Camilla Hellman. www.americanscottishfoundation.com americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com
01:29:32
January 5, 2021
The Impossible Row
Jamie Douglas-Hamilton and his team of rowers became the first to row from Cape Horn in Chile to Antarctica, battling brutal storms and freezing conditions in the notorious Drake Passage – the world’s most treacherous stretch of water. Jamie and his crew became the first group to row the body of water between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands by human power. Jamie Douglas Hamilton will take us through his historic row which took place last December. With music from Alan Frew, Chris Andreucci, Colin Hunter, John Rush, Laura McGhee and Shaz Martin. Presented by Jamie McGeechan and Camilla G Hellman, MBE, President of The American Scottish Foundation. www.americanscottishfoundation.org
39:56
December 22, 2020
Revisiting organizations helping young people, The Shetlands and more.
In this episode we revisit some of our recent podcast conversations as well as catch up on recent news from The American Scottish Foundation: We discuss the recent Scottish North American Community Conference, this year hosted online by the American Scottish Foundation. A real celebration of the bonds of friendship between Scotland and North America. We give thanks to our partner organization committee The Chicago Scots, Detroit Scots, CASSOC, COSCA, Scottish Studies Foundation and the University of Guelph. We’re joined by Virginia Radcliffe and Ruby Zajac from Glasgow based theatre company Licketyspit who share with us their innovative ways they connect and engage with young people and their families using music, drama and play. Author Pavle Sabic joins us and introduces us to the best travelled and kindest of Otters, Walter the Wanderer.  Janette is a Shetland knitwear designer and tutor with a great deal of passion for Shetland wool and textiles. Janette is involved in Shetland Wool Week, Shetland PeerieMakkers and the Shetland Guild of Spinners Knitters Weavers and Dyers. We have music from Filska, Lisa Kowalski, John Rush and Noisemaker. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with American Scottish Foundation President Camilla Hellman MBE.
56:46
December 8, 2020
Organizations Helping Young People
This week, we have have turned our focus to children and share with you the wonderful work each of our guests are undertaking:  Join us as we are In conversation with David Cunningham CEO, Kids Operating Room as we learn of the work of this Scottish charity who are bring children access to life-changing and life-saving surgery from Africa to Latin America, transforming the lives of vulnerable children Virginia Radcliffe and Ruby Zajac from Glasgow based Licketyspit Theatre Company share with us their innovative ways they connect and engage with young people and their families using music, drama and play. And author Pavle Šabić joins us and introduces us to the best travelled and kindest of otters, Walter The Wanderer Music from Hannah Read - She Took a Gamble Intro - Alan John Frew - Go Easy Traditional Scottish nursery rhyme - Ally Bally Bee Licketyspit - Iona Zajac - Ickerickeroo www.americanscottishfoundation.org www.licketyspit.com www.kidsor.org www.walterthewanderer.com Produced and hosted by Jamie McGeechan Interviewer - Camilla G Hellman MBE, American Scottish Foundation 
58:02
November 24, 2020
Shetland Island Wool & Textiles - Spotlight on Shetland Wool Week
Shetland Island Wool & Textiles - Spotlight on Shetland Wool Week We are In Conversation with Oliver Henry from Jamieson and Smith, leading wool brokers in Shetland and we learn of the process of working in the renowned Shetland wool industry, the skills and knowledge of which have been passed down over the generations. We continue our journey with Janette Budge. Janette is a Shetland knitwear designer and tutor with a great deal of passion for Shetland wool and textiles. Janette is involved in ShetlandWool Week, Shetland PeerieMakkers and the Shetland Guild of Spinners Knitters Weavers and Dyers. With Music from Malachy Tallack, Hom Bru and Filska. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with American Scottish Foundation President Camilla Hellman. www.americanscottishfoundation.org
56:30
November 9, 2020
Interview with Mara Shea
Have you ever wanted to live and study in Scotland? Mara Shea from North Carolina did just that. In this wee interview special the ASF's Jamie McGeechan had a conversation with Mara to find out about her experiences spending a year living and studying at the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Mara studied for a degree of MLitt in Ethnology and Folklore at the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen. You can follow Mara and her wonderful music and experiences on her website and on her blog which is a brilliant account of her time in Scotland! www.marashea.com www.marashea.blogspot.com
26:05
November 6, 2020
The New Normal
In this episode we’ll take a look back at some of our recent podcasts and guests as well as focusing on: Our very first ASF@Home event delivered in partnership with Mary’s Meanders. Anne Daly of Mary Meanders delivered a wonderful talk all about Mary Queen of Scots And The Men Who Influenced her life. We’ll hear about our recent conversation with Sean Cairney from The Scottish Banner in the Our Global Community . Sean does so much for the global community of Scots. A family business the Scottish Banner continues to be such a great asset to the Scottish community. In September we were joined by Joni Smith, Scottish Affairs Counsellor to North America for the Scottish Government. Joni talked about the importance of the American – Scottish connection and praised the work of American – Scottish organizations in doing all that they do to support the relationship. We were joined in September by Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots and CEO of the Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care. Gus told us about the amazing ways that the local community have been rallying together in support of the Scottish Home and how important that support has been to their community. Gus explained how this year they held a virtual highland games and celebration of their ancestry and links to Scotland, it was wonderful. Also earlier in September we were joined by the brilliant Laura McGhee as we paid tribute to all those affected by 9/11 and her involvement in commemoration events. With music from Laura McGhee, Mark Copeland and Starry Skies.
58:44
October 26, 2020
Our Global Community
In this podcast we are joined by Sean Cairney, Director of The Scottish Banner.  Based in Sydney, Australia, The Scottish Banner has been keeping our Scottish global community informed for over 40 years!  Sean joins us to share insight as to the beginnings of The Scottish Banner and it’s origins. Sean tells us what the Scottish global community means to him and shares some of his favorite stories about The Scottish Banner and it’s many readers across the globe. We’re joined for an introduction by Cameron Steer, our Sports Ambassador and Sports Reporter who will be bringing us news and updates on sport from Scotland and on leading Scottish athletes in North America. We’ll have music from Mark Copeland, Mara Shea and Kodak Ghosts. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with ASF President Camilla Hellman, MBE.
44:56
October 12, 2020
2020: The Challenges and Way Forward
In this episode we are joined by Joni Smith, the Scottish Government's Counsellor for Scottish Affairs to North America and  Gus Noble, President of Chicago Scots and CEO of Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care. With music from Starry Skies, Sean C Kennedy and Anna Sweeney. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with American Scottish Foundation President, Camilla Hellman, MBE www.americanscottishfoundation.org www.facebook.com/americanscottish
58:44
September 21, 2020
‘Re-emerging, Reflecting and Remembering’
As Autumn arrives and as we reflect on 2020, we also take a moment to look back 19 years this week to September 11, 2001. Camilla Hellman is joined by Laura McGhee, who reflects on her musical contributions to moments of 9/11 Commemorations she was involved in in both New York and London. We also take a moment to celebrate the Edinburgh Virtual Festivals that took place this past month and look to the weeks ahead. With music from Laura McGhee, Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, Band of the Coldstream Guards and John Condron. Presented by Jamie McGeechan, with ASF President, Camilla Hellman. www.americanscottishfoundation.com www.facebook.com/americanscottish
37:03
September 7, 2020
Spotlight on Sounds From Scotland
In this episode we shine the spotlight on Sounds From Scotland and some of the many brilliant music artists who the American Scottish Foundation have engaged with over the years. The American Scottish Foundation is a proud supporter of Scottish arts and culture and has worked with and helped to nurture some of Scotland's best new artistic talents. Join Jamie McGeechan and ASF President Camilla Hellman as we showcase some of these wonderful talents. With music from:  Alan Frew, Anna MacDonald, Cris Andreucci, Colin Hunter, Hannah Read, John Rush, Laura McGhee, Lisa Kowalski, Matt Scott, Mike Nisbet,  Noisemaker, Reely Jiggered, Sean Heely and Whisky Kiss www.americanscottishfoundation.com
59:43
August 24, 2020
The Highland Games go Virtual
Episode 8 of the ScotsInUS Podcast from the American Scottish Foundation: In this episode we are joined In Conversation by: Peter Wilson of Great Scot International and Scottish Heritage USA, Deb Dalziel, Fergus Scottish Games, Ontario, Canada Amy Lehman, Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Highland Games Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care With music from Sean Gray and Andrew Finn Magill, James Harper and Meredith McCrindle, Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, with ASF President Camilla Hellman  www.americanscottishfoundation.com
50:06
August 10, 2020
Midsummer Burns
Join us as we explore the legacy of Robert Burns through conversation, music and poetry  and find out what Robert Burns means to our wonderful guests: Joining us In Conversation on the podcast are: Kenneth Donnelly, President of the Burns Society of the City of New York Hugh Farrell, Chair of the Friends of The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Alistair McCulloch, Scottish fiddle virtuoso and sole custodian of the famous 'Gregg Violin' With music from Anna MacDonald, Jamie McGeechan, Fraya Thomsen and Mr McFalls Chamber. Presented by Jamie McGeechan with American Scottish Foundation President, Camilla Hellman www.americanscottishfoundation.com www.burnsny.org www.alistairmcculloch.com www.friendsofrbbm.org.uk
56:56
July 20, 2020
Exploring Scottish Roots
In this episode entitled Exploring Scottish Roots we are joined In Conversation by ASF President Camilla Hellman and renowned genealogist Dr Bruce Durie who tells us the best way to explore your Scottish ancestry and discover your Scottish Roots.  We are joined by Bart Forbes, President of the Clan Forbes Society as he shares with us his passion for tracing his roots and how he developed the Clan Forbes Society into the thriving community which it is today. Music on the podcast comes from Lisa Kowalski, Anna MacDonald, Mike Nisbet and Gleadhraich. Presented by Jamie McGeechan. www.americanscottishfoundation.org www.brucedurie.co.uk www.clan-forbes.org
59:56
July 6, 2020
Spring Roundup
In this episode we take a look back at our first four episodes of our podcast.  We've had some wonderful guests so far on the podcast including John King Bellassai from COSCA, David Stirling of Arbikie, Greg King of GlenDronach and BenRiach, Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour from Noisemaker, Iain MacPhail from Whisky Kiss. We've had some excellent music over the first four podcasts also and on this episode we hear music from Alan Frew, John Rush, Fellswater, Noisemaker and Whisky Kiss. Presented by Jamie McGeechan, interviews by ASF President Camilla Hellman, thanks to all our guests and contributors so far! www.americanscottishfoundation.com
59:18
June 22, 2020
Come Dance - The World of the Ceilidh
In this episode, 'Come Dance - The World of the Ceilidh' we will explore the great Scottish tradition that is the ceilidh and will talk with top Scottish music talents to explore their contemporary and progressive approaches to the ceilidh. We will be 'In Conversation' with Whisky Kiss - the chart topping Ceilidh Band and award winning musical theatre composers Noisemaker as both groups share their stories and successes with us. We'll have fantastic musical interludes from Whisky Kiss and Noisemaker and then ASF President Camilla Hellman, and our host Jamie McGeechan will close with a roundup of news from within the Scottish American diaspora. www.americanscottishfoundation.com www.noisemaker.org.uk www.whiskykiss.com
48:06
June 8, 2020
Words, Music, Whisky, Gin
The third installment in the ScotsInUS podcast from the American Scottish Foundation. In this episode, in celebration of whisky month we have a great ' In Conversation ' between ASF President, Camilla Hellman and Greg King, Brand Ambassador for GlenDronach and BenRiach and a great conversation between Camilla and David Stirling, Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador for Arbikie Highland Estate. We have music from Have Mercy Las Vegas, John Rush and Laura McGhee. Also Camila pays tribute to the valiant efforts of Captain Thomas Moore and his wonderful fundraising for the NHS. Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, released on May 25th 2020. www.americanscottishfoundation.com
53:03
June 2, 2020
The Clans, The Highland Games, COSCA and The Lord Lyon
Hosted by Jamie McGeechan our second podcast episode features a conversation with ASF President, Camilla Hellman and John Bellassai, President of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA) as they discuss the Scottish Highland Games, Scottish Festivals in North America, the role of COSCA and the Lord Lyon. Camilla pays tribute to the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and talks about the incredible work which was done by co-founder of the ASF, Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton during WW2. With music from Fellswater (Shores of Caledonia, Leaving Friday Harbour), Tullamore (The Green and the Blue), Ed Miller (The Lads O 'the Fair) and Whisky Kiss (Helicopter), Intro music - Alan Frew (Mary Go) You can support the American Scottish Foundation and our Key Initiatives making a secure donation via PayPal at www.americanscottishfoundation.com/Initiatives www.americanscottishfoundation.com www.cosca.scot www.tullamore.band www.fellswater.com www.songsofscotland.com www.alanjfrew.com
53:54
May 12, 2020
Welcome to the American Scottish Foundation Podcast!
Hosted by Jamie McGeechan our first podcast features a conversation with ASF President, Camilla Hellman as we discuss how we have been effected by the current Covid-19 situation, how it has impacted current events in the community and around the positives that are coming from the situation and the solutions coming from within the community. We also discuss the Declaration of Arbroath, John Muir and the upcoming In the Footsteps of John Muir exhibition in NYC, the release of the eagerly awaited Robert the Bruce, Masks for Scotland and the ingenious gin makers turning gin into hand sanitizer. With music from Scottish singer-songwriters Alan Frew (Go Easy), Hannah Read (Alexander) and Colin Hunter (Slightness of Sound) You can support the American Scottish Foundation and our Key Initiatives making a secure donation via PayPal at www.americanscottishfoundation.com/Initiatives www.americanscottishfoundation.com www.alanfrewmusic.com www.hannahread.com www.colinhuntermusic.com
29:36
April 27, 2020