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March 19, 2014
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Tartan Day on Ellis Island to Feature Weekend of Champion Performers
Visitors to Ellis Island during the 13th annual Tartan Day celebrations will not only be treated to a fascinating new exhibition entitled, “Scots in the American West,” they’ll also be enjoying performances by two champion musicians.
The Clan Currie Society is delighted to announce that the 2013 US National Scottish Harp Champion, Haley Hewitt will be performing on Ellis Island on Friday, March 28 as part of the exhibition’s opening ceremony.
Haley will also be performing in the NY Tartan Week Tattoo on Saturday, April 5.
On Saturday, March 29, Scottish fiddler Calum Pasqua performs with his band NY Brogue. Pasqua holds some of the most preeminent titles in the field including, the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion (held each year at Blair Castle) and the Aboyne Highland Games championship – making him one of Scotland’s top fiddle champs – as well as winner of the prestigious New England Fiddle Championship.
Hewitt and Pasqua join an outstanding roster of Scottish performers on Ellis Island including the New York Celtic Dancers, the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, the NYC Harp Orchestra and John the Kilted Juggler.
For the most complete listing of NY Tartan Week events, visit www.tartanweek.com.
About Haley Hewitt
Haley Hewitt spent two years in Glasgow, Scotland obtaining her Master’s degree in Scottish harp. She loves to play new music, collaborate with other musicians, and perform on both pedal and lever harp.
She holds a Master’s degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied under Corrina Hewat, and a Bachelors Degree in Pedal Harp Performance from the Hartt School of Music in the studio of Rebecca Flannery.
As a pedal harpist she has played in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings extensively, including performances at Carnegie and Benaroya Halls. As a traditional musician, she has presented programs featuring the music of modern Scottish harpers and fiddlers, and looks forward to the release of her debut recording in 2013.
Hewitt was born and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She started taking harp lessons with Pat Larkin from West Springfield, and then went to the Hartt School in Connecticut to study with Rebecca Flannery and obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Pedal Harp Performance.
After graduating, Hewitt went to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to complete her Master’s Degree in Scottish Music, studying under Scottish harper, Corrina Hewat.
About Calum Pasqua
Calum Pasqua is a Scottish fiddler from Brooklyn, NY. As a youth, he studied classical violin technique, Scottish fiddle music and highland bagpipes. He began dancing with his Scots mother and accompanied her to many Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) dances. Calum was awarded full scholarship to study violin with Eliot Chapo, former concert master of the New York Philharmonic at the Florida State University School of Music. He performed in various orchestras in the southeast all the while playing fiddle in pubs and for dances.
Calum currently resides on Long Island where he is Director of Strings at Hewlett High School, a Grammy Top 100 school for music programs. In 2007, Calum was the very first American to be invited to compete in the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Competition at Blair Castle where he earned 1st place along with an invitation to return and defend the title in October 2008.
He is also a winner of the New England fiddle championship, the United States National Scottish Fiddle Competition and the Aboyne prize given by the Marquis of Huntley. He has performed in the ensemble, The Parcel of Rogues with Susie Petrov, piano and Dan Houghton, bagpipes. Together they seek to convey to audiences the essential beauty and power of Scottish music. With Petrov, he has recorded a series of duets entitled, “In Conversation.”
More recently, Calum has formed the popular Celtic band known as NY Brogue. The band was a huge success when they appeared at Clan Currie’s “Tartan Day at the South Street Seaport” in 2013.
Their latest CD entitled, “Live from the Poor Mouth” was released earlier this year.