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The Highland Echoes

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The Highland Echoes
Sunday, November 18, 2018 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
 
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  • Ticket Price: $25.50 - $76.50
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
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General Admission - $25.50
Gold Section - $39.50
Family 4-Pack - $76.50 (4 General Admission Tickets)
Ticket prices increase $5 on day of show (if available)
Children under 8 - Free


Highland Echoes - The Holiday Tour includes traditional Scottish music, seasonal holiday songs and originals composed by Jennifer Licko and Patrick Mangan (from Riverdance), produced by Robert Noble and choreographed by Sandra Gribbin. Passionate stories of the Scottish Highlanders told through music & dance provides audiences with an innovative blend of Scottish dance, music and song. Drawing on Scottish traditions that are related to North America’s heritage, Highland Echoes resonates with audiences across all ages. “This is a show coming in at a time when Americans are passionate about their Scottish Ancestry and have been drawn in by the passion of Outlander. I believe that HIGHLAND ECHOES has the potential to do for Scottish Dance what Riverdance did for Irish Dance.” said show founder Jennifer Licko. “The fact that the show is small in number but mighty in passion represents the Highlander spirt. Highland Echoes, the show is a dedication to all of those Highlanders who were brave in the fight for their own culture and a celebration of their ancestors who continue to honor Scottish traditions and culture.”

Highland Echoes began its journey as a Celtic Christmas performance by The Jennifer Licko band, a 4 piece Traditional Celtic acoustic group. Jennifer ended the show with a Scottish Step dance and after every show, audiences requested more of the dancing and more Scottish songs. After 7 years of the annual tour, Jennifer took off a year to plan and create the nonprofit company Highland Echoes to promote Scottish Traditions and Culture.
The idea of launching the first tour in November and including some holiday music came from numerous request for Jennifer Licko’s Celtic Christmas Concert to return back to the stage in 2018. Licko turned over all the dance direction to Highland Dance Champion and ScotFit Founder Sandra Gribbin. "Partnering with a professional Highland Dancer who shares my passion for Highland Dance, and who represents a level of professionalism that exceeds expectations, is key to making this show reach it’s awesome potential.” Gribbin and Licko met when they were both dance students at the Jo (Moore) Kalat school of Scottish Dance in Cary, NC. The dances set to live music provided by the Jennifer Licko band, all help tell the story of Scottish history and culture through traditional Highland Dances, National Dances, highland Choreography and Cape Breton Step Dance.

The 6 piece live band comprised of Vocals, fiddle, pipes, guitar, keyboards and percussion is an integral part of the show. Well known Scottish ballads and more obscure Scots Gaelic songs will flow throughout the evening. Not to mention the special treat of a holiday mix added for the season!
A Scottish music and dance performance in North Carolina just wouldn’t be complete without ‘Carolina’s Best Piper', William (Bill) Caudill the Director of the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and Instructor of the St. Andrews Pipe Band. Fiddle player, Patrick Mangan, from Riverdance electrifies the stage with his energy and highly skilled playing. Playing music for dancers is what Mangan has been doing for over 20 years and to see him in action at a live performance is an awesome experience.

This show is sponsored in part by The St. Andrews Society of North Carolina. In fact, their support has been vital in the development of Highland Echoes, the show.