Interview with Scott Morrison

Gaels on the Chesapeake Interview with Scott Morrison

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Scott was born in 1969 in Nashville, Tennessee. The family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1982.  Music and teaching form the core of Scott’s life.  He graduated from Frostburg State University in 1994 with a B.S. in Music, double concentrating in K-12 Music Ed and Percussion Performance.  He expects to graduate from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Gaelic College, Skye, Scotland in December 2018 with a B.A. in Scottish Gàidhlig Language and Culture.  He studied through the college’s distance learning program.

dileab-phreisel-1Scott started teaching Gaelic in 2010, and is a former president of An Comunn Gàidhealach Aimeireaganach (Scottish Gaelic Society of America).  In addition to teaching, he is a freelance Celtic musician in the Baltimore/D.C. area. Scott has been teaching classical and folk music lessons since 1993, and as the owner of Rimshots Percussion Studio since 1997.  He lives in Howard County with his wife and four children.

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It’s a big week for things Scottish in the Baltimore/DC area

A chairidean chóir,

This is a week you can immerse yourself in all things Scottish.  First, this Thursday (25 January) you can attend one of the warmest, most intimate Burns Nights you’ll come across and celebrate the life of the ¨Ploughman Poet” in Baltimore’s most authentic Irish pub.

Then, on Saturday (27 January) gather in an Alexandria, Virginia Irish pub to enjoy readings and songs of some of Scotland’s greatest Gaelic poets,once again in a warm, intimate environment.  For this one, space is very limited and nearly full.  Contact the group very soon.

In the end you’ll have traversed the Scots and Gaelic language cultures of Scotland, and felt you were welcomed with great hospitality.

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh.

7th Annual Burns

7th Annual Burns Night at O’Flynn’s in Baltimore

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

O´Flynn´s Crab & Cask House
3432 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD 21225

Join us as we celebrate the 7th Annual Scottish Dinner as we celebrate the ¨Ploughman Poet¨ of Scotland, Robert Burns.

The evening´s events include Piping In & Address of the Haggis, a four-course meal featuring a Kale Waldorf Salad, Cock-a-leekie Soup, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with Arran Whisky Cream Sauce, Raspberry Cranachan. Enjoy llive Traditional Music and lots of awkward poetry reading.

Special guest performances by Aaron Halevy and Sean Alexander Gearhart.

Featuring Innis & Gunn from Scotland:
Enjoy the unique bourbon ageing process of our featured Innis and Gunn with flavours like vanilla and toffee with the malty characted of the Scotch Ale to create an incredible taste experience.

Buy tickets here.


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Oidhche nam Bàrd: Gaelic Poetry Night

Sponsored by
Gàidhlig Photomac (The Potomac Scottish Gaelic Society)

Saturday, 27 January 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar
112 King St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

For our first big event of the new year, we’ll celebrate some of the works of Scotland’s great Gaelic poets, enjoying readings and songs in a relaxed atmosphere with appropriate food and libations at Daniel O’Connell’s in Old Town Alexandria! This event will be appropriate for learners at all levels — and those just interested in Gaelic language and culture.

We’ll start at 5 pm with drinks and a welcome, and follow at 5:30 with a brief conversational Gaelic lesson. At 6 pm we’ll order supper, and at 6:15 begin our poetry program. We’ll introduce to you to six poets, from the middle ages to the present day. Some of our members want to share poetry with you. And we’ll have songs and music and, at the end, a toast to ALL the bàrds.

With limited space in the Fitzgerald Room, attendance is limited to 20 people, so sign up here or at our Meetup.com page. Any questions? Contact Liam at willbcassidy@gmail.com.

C`eilidh na Callainne (New Year’s Céilidh) – 21 January

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Sunday, January 21 at 3 PM – 6 PM
Ó Flynn’s
3432 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21225

Join us for for our C`eilidh na Callainne (New Year’s Céilidh) We will have some home made Haggis by Liam Flynn (and other delicious food), hear about the history of the Haggis dish and it’s complicated relationship to the G`aidhealtachd and the Galldachd in Scotland, learn a traditional New Year’s song and the Gaelic version of Auld Lang Syne, and more – all in the warm, convivial environment of Baltimore’s Best Irish bar, Ó Flynn’s.

Aig a’ chèilidh (At the céilidh)

Gaelic Immersion session – Build your Gaelic through conversation

The Haggis Story

Sharing of songs, stories, music, and poetry – Learn some songs as we sing together and bring your own tunes, poems, stories or songs to share (in Gaelic or otherwise).

Chì sinn uile aig a’ chèilidh sibh! (We’ll see you all at the cèilidh)
Suas Leis a’ Ghàidhlig!