Series 30 Episode 15
Mark Wilson presents the second of two special programmes on the Ulster-Scots in Pennsylvania.
Amongst the 250,000 crowd at the Celtic Classic Festival in Bethlehem, Mark meets the following poeple:
• John Neil from Belfast who runs the Drum Major competition;
• Mark Ferguson of North Carolina who tells how his family came to America from Co Tyrone in the 1700s;
• Pipe Major Dave Hall who talks to Mark about his band, the Ulster Scottish from Philadelphia, which has its roots in Moneymore.
• Andrew Carlisle from Ballygowan who explains how he’s now a professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Mark also has a yarn with US national highland games champion Dan McKim. At 6ft 5, and 295lbs, Dan is a guy who can toss a caber to beat anyone!
Away from the festival, Kist visits Donegal Township in Lancaster County, where the Presbyterian Church dates from the 1730s.
Back in Bethlehem, Mark meets Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, two sisters from Nova Scotia who are noted for their lively fiddle music.
From nearer home, Gerry Timlin of Coalisland tells Mark about his love of music and song.
This programme was produced by Chris Spurr for Blackthorn Productions. If you have any comments, please email the production team at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 9033 8435.
Mark Wilson and Drum Major John Neil from Belfast
Drum Majors and Massed Bands on the Highland Field at the Celtic Classic Festival
For more information on the Celtic Classic Festival - see link at top of page.
Mark Wilson and the MacDonald sisters, Maggie and Cassie, from Nova Scotia
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Mark Wilson, the team from the Scottish Cottage, and Mark Ferguson with a cleaver!
For more information about Mark Ferguson’s Scottish Cottage - see link at top of page.
Mark Wilson and Pipe Major Andrew Carlisle from Ballygowan
For more information about Andrew Carlisle and the Carnegie Mellon University Pipe Band - see link at top of page.
Mary Karnes and Frank Harvey in Donegal Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania
For more information on Donegal Presbyterian Church, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - see link at top of page.
The cross made of wood from Rathneeny Church, Co Donegal
The history of Donegal Church
The Ulster-Scottish Pipe Band from Philadelphia in competition at the festival
For more information on the Ulster-Scottish Pipe Band of Philadelphia - see link at top of page.
Pipe Major Dave Hall and pipers from the Ulster-Scottish
Pipe Major Dave Hall and Mark Wilson
Dave's Ulster-Scottish Tie
Gerry Timlin of Coalisland and Mark Wilson
For more information on singer Gerry Timlin - see link at top of page.
Dan McKim, US National Highland Games Champion 2012 and Mark Wilson