A Few Announcements...
by James A. McQuiston, FSAScot Editor/Publisher
I have posted a new story under the New Stuff! tab, which will become a series on Celtic music, and which I have called "Roots and Rhthyms."
Also, you may have notice that I've added the typical Social Media icons for emailing us and for getting to our Facebook page. They are at the right just below the search window. Replacing the Facebook tab across the top of the page will be an entirely new category helping the reader access what the experts have to say. In a few cases, we've had what might be considered the world's expert on subjects. In others, we've had substantial scientific professionals providing some amazing information. I've decided they need their own tab. Watch for additions here as time allows.
Also, just recently, we've added a story under New Stuff! about a new Rock Opera called EXCALIBUR VI, with music by members of several bands you will instantly recognize, from Jethro Tull to Clannad, from Uriah Heep to Supertramp, all wrapped up in a Celtic musical drama. We've posted a sample of one of their songs on our Free Music tab. You need to listen to the whole album for a Celtic-Rock Journey unmatched.
Meanwhile, check out New Stuff! and Blasts From The Past for lots of good reading. And don't forget all the other great music we have under the Free Music tabe, and stories about specific Celtic names under the Surnames tab.
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Recieved this notice from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now we have just posted a complete article on this library and its special project, under New Stuff!:
Since 1968 the Linen Hall Library has been collecting material relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Over the years the Library has become the repository for a vast amount of material relating to the subject and the subsequent Peace Process.
The collection now consists of over 350,000 items including books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, manifestos, press releases, newspapers, objects and many thousands of periodicals. It is a completely unique collection that is unrivalled throughout the world. Much of this material is currently being digitised and catalogued for the ‘Divided Society’ digital archive.
This resource will give unique exposure to a historically significant period in Northern Ireland.
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Recieved this note from my friends at the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade:
New York, NY, November 27, 2017 - The St. Patrick's Day Parade Board of Directors and the Parade Affiliate Organizations have announced 13 distinguished Irish-Americans who will serve as Aides to Grand Marshal Loretta Brennan Glucksman for the 2018 parade.
Aides to the Grand Marshal are chosen annually by the Parade's participating organizations in recognition of their outstanding service to the Irish-American Community of New York. The selection of an Aide is acknowledgement of years of unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the New York and Irish communities and for their contribution to Irish faith, culture and heritage.
"The Board of Directors thanks the affiliate organizations for presenting us with such a dedicated and distinguished group of dedicated Irish Americans," said Board Chairman John Lahey. "They will join our Grand Marshal, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, in leading us past St. Patrick's Cathedral and up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, March 17."
The Aides to the Grand Marshal for the 2018
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade are:
New York County - Patrick McGettrick
Queen's County - Virginia Carson Minardi
Bronx County - John Timoney
Kings County - Jerry McCabe
Westchester County - Allison Burke
Rockland County - Jim Russell
Nassau County - Richard O'Neill
Orange County - Keith Reynolds
Richmond County - Marty Crimmins
Suffolk County - Eugene Wynne
United Irish Counties - Katie Barrett
Grand Council of Emerald Societies - Kathleen Cashin
Knights of St. Patrick - Robert Pederson
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Finally, this note is from my friend Alasdair Fraser and his partner in music, Natalie Hass:
It's Winter!! That was fast... it seems as if the season of fiddle camps and summer dresses was only yesterday! About to wrap up our 2017 with some shows in California, then we go our separate ways until the 10th edition of our Whidbey Island workshop in January 2018, followed by our yearly pilgrimage to Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Thanks for a great year folks...much more to come in the new year! Happy holidays from Alasdair & Natalie! Check out our store page at http://www.culburnie.com/shop/page7.html, for holiday gift ideas for the string player in your family. :)
Alasdair & Natalie
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