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2015: “Loch Lomond” – Sung by Choirs from Grand Rapids, MN on Ellis Island

A masterful (and impromptu) performance of “The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond” sung by the combined choirs of the Grand Rapids, MN High School at Tartan Day on Ellis Island on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

One of the wonderful surprise moments we encounter every year on Ellis Island; young people from across the country and around the world sharing in our wonderful Scottish heritage and culture. Many for the very first time.

From April 10-12, 2015, over 30 thousand visitors came to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Monument to enjoy the best of Scottish heritage and culture.

The centerpiece of the weekend was Clan Currie’s new exhibition on infamous Scottish pirate Captain William Kidd born in Dundee, Scotland.

Visitors also enjoyed all-day performances by the NY Celtic Dancers, the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, John the Kilted Juggler, the Celtic Cross Highland Dancers from Ottawa, Ontario, Jerry Dixon the Piping Pirate, fiddlers Amy Beshara and Matthew Christian, guitarist Max Carmichael, demonstrations from kilt maker Bonnie Green and storytellers from Wall Street Walks captivated visitors with tales of Captain Kidd’s ghost haunting his old neighborhoods in 17th century New York (New Amsterdam.)

Piper Craig Weir from Dundee, Scotland performed the world premiere of a new pipe tune commissioned by Clan Currie entitled, “The Immigrant’s Lament” on April 12, 2015.

From sharing music, to learning about Scottish history to even trying on a kilt – one of the keys to perpetuating our heritage is to get young people involved. Clan Currie, through events like Tartan Day on Ellis Island and the Pipes of Christmas, our many educational scholarships and strategic sponsorships is proud to be a leader in this movement.

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