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
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
BRIAN MCNEILL IN CONCERT!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 S. Claiborne (at Jefferson) New Orleans, LA
DONATION: $15 PER PERSON
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!
The New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society (501C3)
in cooperation with the First Unitarian Universalist Church
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
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.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today 12, Feb., we held our first Scottish Ceilidh Dance workshop at the McTeggart Dance Studio in Kenner, Louisiana. The music was provided by the New Orleans Strathspey and Reel Society and the dancers for our first effort included representatives from: the Crescent City International Dancers, The CCE Irish Set Dancers, a couple McTeggart Dancers, and parents of some of the McTeggart dancers. The chairman of the local Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann even put in an appearance and joined in the dancing. We're looking forward to making this a regular event. So if you're interested, drop us an email and we'll get you on the e-mail list.
On Sunday the 20th of Feb. we are playing for the Trinity Artist Series at Trinity Church on Jackson Ave. from 5-6pm. Come by and see us. We're taking a musical tour of Scotland
Keep watching this space for news and updates.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The following week, on Friday the 21st we will be appearing on the WYES program Steppin’ Out. We will play some tunes and talk about ourselves and talk about our CD. This is a first for us and we are looking forward to the experience.
Keep checking this space for periodic updates about our group.