Bryant Park

Arts & Culture

Tartan Week in the Park

Music comes to Fountain Terrace as part of NYC's Scottish celebration.

Cutty McGill

To help mark Tartan Week in NYC, which runs from April 2 to 10, Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace will host lunchtime concerts featuring performances by Scottish musicians on five consecutive days beginning on Friday, April 4. The concerts are brought to the park by the Scottish American Foundation. 

Kicking off the series on Friday, April 4 is Glasgow Music and Fashion, a pairing of Hannah Read & Friends’ singular brand of ‘Cross Atlantic Roots Music’ with Vogue UK Premier Designer Iona Crawford’s ‘Kelpie Collection.’ That runs from 12:30-1:30pm.

On Saturday, April 5, The Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Brigade, Bonnie Brae Knights, and Shamrock and Thistle Band give a preview of their performance in the Tartan Day Parade from 11:30am-12:45pm.   

On Sunday, New York Metro Pipe Band, The Highland Divas, and some special guests perform a Tartan Day Tribute, and on Monday, Morrison Academy Pipe Band makes an appearance. Winding up the series on Tuesday is a special presentation of Music and Song of Scotland. Maureen McMullan, Artist in Residence from The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, will sing, joined by Hannah Read on fiddle and Neil Pearlman on keyboard. The three final concerts all run from 12:30-1:30pm. Check our online calendar for complete information.  

Providing a dramatic backdrop for the concerts will be The Kelpies, the magnificent equine head sculptures currently presiding over the Fountain Terrace. The 1/10 scale replicas of Scottish artist Andy Scott’s monumental sculptures located at Falkirk have attracted a lot of attention. They have been the subject of articles with Fox 5, CBS Local, DNAInfo, Metro, and even overseas in The Scotsman.

Artist Andy Scott will be at the Fountain Terrace at 3:00pm on Sunday, April 6, to speak about what inspired him to create such monumental figures. Everyone is welcome to come and listen.  

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