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March 20, 2013 – Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion to Open NY Tartan Week

Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion to Headline at New York Tartan Week at South Street Seaport

NY Tartan Week Opens in Lower Manhattan with Music and Dance

New York, NY – – The Clan Currie Society announced today that Calum Pasqua, the 2007 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion will join their roster of performers at “Tartan Day at the South Street Seaport” on Saturday, March 30.

The program, which officially opens NY Tartan Week will run from 11 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. The program is offered to the public free-of-charge. Pasqua joins a roster of Tartan Day veteran performers including, the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, John the Kilted Juggler, the New York Celtic Dancers and the NYC Harp Orchestra.

Joining Pasqua will be multi-instrumental Andrew Sharp (pipes, whistle) and guitarist Matt Stapleton. Pasqua, Sharp and Stapleton are all members of the popular Celtic music band, New York Brogue.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have Calum Pasqua on our Tartan Day bill,” said Robert Currie, president of the Clan Currie Society and producer of Tartan Day on Ellis Island. “We’ve been fortunate to showcase Calum at many of our Tartan Day and Pipes of Christmas events in the past and he is a real audience favorite. We truly have an impressive lineup of talent booked to open NY Tartan Week and its all offered free-of-charge!”

Produced by the Clan Currie Society, support for Tartan Day at the South Street Seaport has been generously provided by the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA and New York Water Taxi.

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. Calum now performs as 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. Pasqua is featured on the CD, “In Conversation” along with pianist Susie Petrov. He is also featured on the CD’s “Live from C Sharp” and “That Pinewoods Sound.” Calum also regularly performs with New York Brogue.

About New York Brogue

Formed in 2007 by Bronx ballad singer Danny Flinn, and multi-instumentalist Andrew Sharp (Icewagon FLU, The Ruffians), New York Brogue has always intended to bring the ease and energy of a New York seisiun to the performance stage.

Joined by Matt Stapleton on guitar following the release of their EP “Bury Me on McLean” in 2008, the group became a steady presence Irish venues throughout the Tri-State area, praised for Sharp’s passionate and eccentric playing, Flinn’s powerful vocals, Stapleton’s vibrant guitar, and their flowing blend of classic & contemporary ballads, and traditional Irish tunes.

New York Brogue returned to the stage in 2012 at the Blackthorne Resort’s Labor Day Festival, and after an overwhelming reception has increasingly started reappearing around NY/NJ venues. With the addition of fiddler Calum Pasqua, New York Brogue recently returned to the studio, planning the release of a new EP and well overdue full length album.

About NY Tartan Week

The Big Apple turns Tartan when Tartan Day on Ellis Island – At the South Seaport – officially opens NY Tartan Week on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

With exhibitions, fashion shows, two gala awards dinners, whisky tastings, a 10k run and lots of live music – it must be Tartan Week – make that Tartan Fortnight – in New York City. In addition to Clan Currie’s annual observance of Tartan Day, Tartan Week in New York will again offer something for everyone.

For a complete listing of NY Tartan Week events, visit the Tartan Week website at www.tartanweek.com.

New York Tartan Week should not be confused with Scotland Week which is an independent celebration held in the US and Canada. Scotland Week is run and managed by the Scottish Government. It is designed to promote Scotland as a great place to live, do business, study and invest. We quite agree!

Scotland Week kicks off on Saturday, April 6, 2013 with the Tartan Day parade and a 10K run in Central Park. To learn more about Scotland Week, visit their website at Scotland Week.

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