Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day with a Celtic Concert and Storytelling about Scottish Heritage and the American RevolutionNovember 7, 2022
Enjoy a Lively Performance by Celtic-Infused Folk Band “The Chivalrous Crickets,” Meet Costumed Highland Soldiers, and See General Hugh Mercer’s Sword
On St. Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s official national day, Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., join the Museum of the American Revolution, the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, and Celtic-infused folk band The Chivalrous Crickets for an evening of live music and storytelling exploring the intersections of Scottish heritage and the American Revolution. With inspiration from the Scottish Highlands to the Appalachian Mountains, hear popular tunes like “The Skye Boat Song” and discover how they connect with the stories of General Hugh Mercer, Flora MacDonald, and others who served their cause from the Battle of Culloden to the Battle of Princeton.
Hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, the evening will include a special presentation featuring the sword carried by General Hugh Mercer, which has been on display at the Museum since 2017 as a loan from the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. Costumed Highland soldiers will join this event to do historical interpretation about Scottish involvement in the American Revolution.
Attendees also have the option to add a guided tour exploring Scotland and the American Revolution in the Museum’s galleries presented by Gallery Interpretation Manager Meg Bowersox and the Sassenach Society of South Jersey. The guided tour starts at 5:15 p.m. preceding the concert.
Onsite general admission tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for Museum Members. Zoom access is included with onsite ticket purchase. Online general admission tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for Museum Members. Scotland and the American Revolution tour tickets can be purchased for an additional $15. All onsite tickets include access to a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased here.
The purchase of an event ticket includes one-day Museum admission and is considered a donation in support of the Museum’s educational programs.
Interested in becoming a Museum Member? Become a Museum Member through the event ticket link to receive complimentary access to the event and free access to the Scotland and the American Revolution tour.
The Chivalrous Crickets
Fiona Gillespie, vocals, Irish whistle, flute, percussion, mountain dulcimer
Genevieve Gillespie, fiddle, vocals
Paul Morton, banjo, guitars, theorbo, vocals
Benya Stewart, vocals, guitar, mandolin, percussion
Ben Matus, pipes, bassoon, dulcian, vocals
Bradley King, bass, vocals
About General Hugh Mercer & the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia
Born in Scotland, but eventually settling in what is now Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, General Hugh Mercer was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, named in honor of Scotland’s patron saint and founded in 1747. His sword is one of the Society’s prized possessions, which has been on display at the Museum since 2017. Mercer’s tomb at Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery has been cared for by the Society since his remains were relocated there in 1840. For more information, visit www.standrewsociety.org.
About The Chivalrous Crickets
Exploring the roots, branches, and crossroads of Celtic and American folk music since 2018, The Chivalrous Crickets members bring their backgrounds in Scottish folk music, as well as Appalachian and early European art music to the stage. Specializing in historical and orchestral instruments, the Philadelphia and Princeton-based band is known for their lavish vocal harmonies, rich instrumental textures, and traditional repertoire treated with creative new twists. Upcoming performances this season include the Main Line Early Music Series in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; the release of their Christmas album, "A Chivalrous Cricketmas" with Gotham Early Music Scene, N.Y.; Bethlehem, Pa.'s Celtic Classic Festival; Mohonk Mountain House's Scottish Weekend and Summer Festival of the Arts; "A Twelfth Night Feast" at Bethlehem, Pa.'s Ice House Tonight; The Dean's Concert Series at Jefferson, and their annual cruise with Schooner Victory Chimes out of Rockland, Maine.
About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.