• The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel society is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization.

  • We can provide lecturers and demonstrations at educational institutions and for educational purposes.

  • Thinking of a Highland wedding? We can provide musicians for an unique and unforgettable experience at your reception. (We’ll even provide the piper!!!)

  • We can provide the full Scottish Ceilidh (party) experience with music and dancing for your next Scottish themed party.

  • What is a Strathspey?
    Definition: Strath’Spey: n [Strath Spey, district of Scotland]: a Scottish dance that is similar to but slower than the reel; also: the music for this dance.

  • Keep up with our activities and upcoming events on our calendar page

  • Contact us to get information about how to get our new CD,

    “Spirits of the Morning”

Contact us: 504-915-3325, email: nostrathspeyandreel@gmail.com

Society News

Friday, February 22, 2013

2012 Society News

This past year was a busy year for us. We have had some changes and have added some new folks to our performing group. One of the most enjoyable changes has been the participation of a cellist. The cello being a traditional instrument in Scottish music.

Some of the Highlights of 2012 include:

14 Jan 12, Tom Morley Fiddle Workshop, Taft Pk., NOLA

22 Jan 12, Trinity Artist Series performance, Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. NOLA

28 Jan 12, Robert Burns Supper, BR Caledonian Soc. Baton Rouge, LA.

03 Mar 12, Ed Pearlman Fiddle and Orchestra workshop, Taft Pk, NOLA

07 Apr 12, Armed Forces Retirement Home performance, Gulfport MS

12 May 12, Episcopal Church Charity Fashion show, Waveland MS.

08 Sep 12, Celtic Fest, Jackson MS (Sat & Sun)

10 Nov 12, Highlands & Islands Fest, Gulfport MS(Sat & Sun)

30 Nov 12, St Andrew's Night, Baton Rouge LA

29 Dec, 12 Keneth Trist Urquhart Memorial Ceilidh, Metairie, LA

We look forward to an even more exciting year in 2013. It's shaping up that way for us already. Feel free to contact us if you would like to participate. We appreciate the support of all the folks who help us to fulfill our mission of education, enlightenment, and entertainment.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March 3rd Workshop & Concert

We are pleased to announce that on the 3rd of March the great Scottish fiddler, Ed Pearlman, will give a free fiddle workshop from 1pm till 4pm. Contact the Strathspey & Reels Society for the location details and to reserve your space. Later that evening, begining at 7pm Ed, accompanied by his son Neil on piano, will give a concert at the Irish ouse on St. Charles Ave. NOLA. Don't miss this series of events. If you are a player, come to our workshop. If you are not, come enjoy the concert.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 2012 Events

The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society is happy to announce a workshop on the 14th of January, at the Taft Park Studio, with Tom Morley, Irish stylist and fiddler with the well know group "Mithril". Time is from 1pm till about 5pm. Call to reserve your place and for further details, seating is limited. 504-915-3325.

On the 22 of January the Society is perfroming a Robert Burns themed concert as part of the Trinity Artist Series at Trinity Church on Jackson Ave. in New Orleans. The following Saturday, the 28th, we have been invited to play for the Baton Rouge Caledonian Society Burns Supper. Contact th Baton Rouge Caledonian Society for details about their Burns celebration. We will play for the dinner and for ceilidh dancing aferwards. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society Year in Review

The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society had a great 2011. Listed below you will see our biggest and best events of the past year. We want to thank everyone of our members and supporters for the hard work that they have put in to help make this such a successful year. We particularly thank those of you who put in the challenging technical and artistic work on our CD "Spirits of the Morning" which came out in April of this year. (Andy, Sharon & Karen, you know who you are.)
We also want to thank our patrons, the folks who ask us to come out and share our music with them. We are a small (but dedicated) group who compete with the wonderful and rich musical traditions of this region including jazz, zydeco and cajun music. With all of the world class competition, we truly appreciate those who support our efforts and share our love of traditional our Scottish and Irish tunes
We look forward to an exciting and fulfilling 2012. ...now here's the list

The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society


15 Jan, 2011: Burns Supper performance for the Baton Rouge Caledonian Society

21 Jan, 2011: Appearance on WYES TV. "Steppin' Out" with Peggy Scott Laborde

20 Feb, 2011: Trinity Artist Series concert, Trinity Church. New Orleans

27 Mar, 2011: Christ Episcopal Church concert, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

09 Apr, 2011 Whiskey Tasting fund raiser; New Orleans

16 Apr, 2011: Art in April performance, Hammond La,

14 May, 2011: N. O. Arts Council, "Art Spark" performance. City Park, New Orleans

10 Jun, 2011: Smithsonian Institute Heritage Concert, Pass Christian, Mississippi

19 Aug, 2011: Hot August Night performance, Hammond La.

10 Sep, 2011: Mississippi Celtic Fest weekend performances: Jackson, Mississippi

14 Sep, 2011: Sponsored the Brian McNeill Concert at the Unitarian Church, New Orleans

01 Oct, 2011: Covington Farmer's Market performance, Covington, La.

30 Oct, 2011: St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church Heritage Sunday performance. New Orleans

12 Nov, 2011: Highlands & Islands Festival weekend performances. Gulfport, Mississippi

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Brian McNeill Concert





Wednesday, September 14, 2011

7:30 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church

5212 S. Claiborne (at Jefferson) New Orleans, LA




This year Brian McNeill celebrates the 40th year of a career that has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music. Brian has been described as 'Scotland's most meaningful contemporary songwriter' (The Scotsman); add to that his work and influence as performer, both as a soloist and with some of the era's most influential bands, including Battlefield Band, which he founded in 1969, and Clan Alba.


Come out and welcome Brian to New Orleans for this specialconcert!


Sponsored by

The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society (501C3)

in cooperation with the First Unitarian Universalist Church


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Update

Here's the latest! We had our first First Saturday Session on the 4th of June. It was a nice modest success. We had a slow session from 1-2pm took a break and then enjoyed a regular session where we went 'round the room and played tunes while enjoying "light" refreshment. Our next FSS is scheduled for 2 July at the Taft Pk studio.
The 10th of June found us in Pass Christian Mississippi giving a 2 hour concert for the opening of the Smithsonian Roots Music exhibit at the Pass Christian library. It was a tremendous event. The folks in charge we very efficient, kind, gracious. The 1st half of our program featured the music of the old world and, after a short break, the 2nd moved to the new world where we played tunes that travelled over with our old world ancestors.
We are now entering a more relaxed period during high summer. This is the time where we get to experiment with new tunes and new tune sets. Several of us will be attending the Swannanoa Gathering in mid-July where we will improve our technique and come back with some new tunes to share. We'll post a comment or two when we return and post some Photos too. Enjoy the summer!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Wrap-up

The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society has had an active April. On the 9th  we held our first 'Tartan Day" Whisky Tasting. We hope this will be, the first of many Whisky Tasting events. Our format was unusual in that we had no "experts" presenting the Whiskys. Our presenters were volunteers; ordinary whisky drinkers who enjoyed the whiskys that they presented. They took some time and explained to the assembled guests why they liked a particular whisky and what they though was unique or appealing about their selection. We had six volunteer presenters and they brought a wide range of tastes to the table ranging from a single cask Bourbon to the very peaty Islay malts. Between each tasting, the musicians of the Strathspey & Reel Society played tunes appropriate in some way to the whisky being presented. The event lasted from 4-7pm. The response from our guests was enthusiastically favorable and we have been encouraged to do this again in the fall.


On the 16th of April found us in Hammond, LA. We were playing for the city's "Arts in April" function at the request of the Violin Shop on N. Cate st. The performance was from 3-8pm and most of our musicians were able to make the trip. We set up under a tent canopy just outside the shop and enjoyed some fine weather and played a large portion of our current repertoire. These marathon events are always a challenge but they are a lot of fun too. 


Our next event, on May 14th, is a performance in support of "Art Spark" a celebration by the 100-year anniversary of the New Orleans Museum of Art. We were selected by the New Orleans Arts Council and will be playing behind the Museum, on the festival grounds, from 2:30-3:30pm


Check this space regularly for more updates to events and schedules.