James will help teach Gaelic Song at a 3pm workshop, then perform with the harp at the evening's Scottish Concert. Details below!
From Warp and Weft to Waulking – in Gaelic Language and Song
For centuries, song has been an accompaniment to work and woven into the fabric of the culture. In this workshop you will learn some basic greetings and phrases in Scottish Gaelic and also be introduced to the process of weaving and waulking of cloth. Learn to sing along with the chorus of a Scottish waulking song with weaver and singer Caroline Bennett and harpist James Ruff. No singing voice is required!
A Classic Scottish Concert
The performers of the Mohonk Scottish Weekend are pleased to bring you a very exciting evening of entertainment featuring dance, songs, and music from Scotland from across the ages and across the world. This concert brings together the classic and the contemporary and is sure to have you tapping your toes to the great fiddle music, wanting to dance the jigs and reels, excited by the energetic Highland dancing, entranced by the beautiful melodies of Scottish and Gaelic song, and enjoying the great tunes of the Highland Bagpipe.
The concert is followed by Scottish country dancing (ceilidh dancing) in the Parlor with the Castle Point Scottish Country Dancers and Ellen Sears. Ceilidh dancing is for all levels of dancers and no experience is necessary!