Scottish Festival 2020

Madison Stewart

March 28, 2020 | 7 p.m. | Linda & Ralph Huff Concert Hall

Please join us for a celebration of our rich Scottish heritage in Fayetteville!

Scottish Festival Concert

The Friends of Music, as part of its support of the musical arts at Methodist University, determined that a celebration of the Scottish heritage and its musical influence in Fayetteville, and throughout the state of North Carolina, would be a wonderful educational experience. Headlining this celebration of culture will be the pipes and drums, and Scottish dancing that bring the everyday flavor to the music kaleidoscope that is such an integral part of the Scottish Culture and its influence. Also appearing will be the Methodist University Noblemen, Grace Notes, and Chamber Orchestra, performing music by Scottish composers.

History of the Scots in the Cape Fear Region

The Highland Scots came to the shores of North Carolina between 1736 and 1739 on a small ship called the Thistle sailing up the Cape Fear River to settle along the banks of the river. They named their little village Campbellton. Several years later, a mill was built on the banks of Cross Creek, and a town named Cross Creek built up around the mill. In 1783, the two towns merged and chose the name Fayetteville in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, a Revolutionary war hero who visited the area after the Revolution during his tour of the United States.

As time passed, the Scottish descendants moved inland across what is now known as Cumberland County, spreading east and west in to today’s Scotland, Hoke, Moore, and neighboring counties. The Scottish names of MacRae, McLeod, Stewart, Monroe, McPherson, McFayden, McDonald, and many more are found in the early cemetery markers and street names that dot all of the communities in the Cape Fear region.

The Scottish settlers were successful in their farming and merchant efforts, and they came together to celebrate their efforts, renew old bonds, and celebrate the culture of the area by holding Scottish Festival days. These celebrations included Scottish piping, drumming, and singing, as merchandise and farm products were sold and traded among the populace. The Scots appeared by the 1800s to be the largest, most cohesive population residing in the upper cape fear region at this time and held many leadership positions. Today, the area is a far more diverse population. However, the descendants of the early Scottish settlers, the Cape Fear Valley Scottish Clans, are still active and proud of their heritage, celebrating their music and culture.


Notices for Guests

  1. Deadline for online registration is March 27, 5:00 p.m. After that, tickets may be purchased at the door. Students must present their student ID.
  2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  3. Parking at MU is ample with the entrance to the event on the traffic circle next to the Matthews Ministry Center
  4. No refunds are available for this event.
  5. All seats are general admission.
  6. Please bring your email as proof of registration.
  7. The cost of the event includes a 6.25% service fee.
  8. When purchasing at the door, it can be cash or check only. Checks can be made out to Friends of Music.
  9. In order to be in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Methodist University must have ACTIVE request birth dates to assure we are not gathering information from people 13 years of age or younger. For more information on this, please feel free to visit Federal Trade Commission’s website.

Special Guests

Cross Creek Pipe and Drums

Cross Creek Pipe & DrumsCross Creek Pipes and Drums was founded in 1984 in Fayetteville, N.C. by Bob Palmer and has continued for over 30 years with the hard work of dedicated volunteers from throughout the Cape Fear region. The band is comprised of people interested in learning, performing, and promoting the traditional and contemporary music for the Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish Regimental Drums. The Cross Creek Pipes and Drums are available to provide educational and entertaining performances for regional events. The band offers piping and drumming instruction to anyone interested, and actively seeks new members to continue the Pipe Band tradition.

Madison Stewart

Madison StewartMadison Stewart was born in Santa Rosa, Calif. and has made her home in Hope Mills, N.C. for the past 19 years.  She has danced competitively in Scottish Highland dancing for 12 years, in addition to teaching and performing. Madison has been performing alongside Peter McArthur since she began dancing in 2008. Madison loves to perform locally and has competed all along the eastern seaboard and at the Queen Mary in California. She has represented the Southeast Region in the National Championships, and she continues to be an advocate of Scottish dance for her region and her home towns of Hope Mills and Fayetteville, N.C. She is currently in nursing school in Concord, N.C., and will be graduating in December 2020.

Peter McArthur

Peter McArthurAs a piper with over 25 years of experience, Peter is respected as a leader, performer, and teacher in his field, held in highest regard by his peers. Peter received his formal training and instruction from Bill Caudill at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. As part of Peter’s training, he spent many years attending the North American Academy of Piping at Valle Crucis, N.C. under the tutelage of leading teachers in his discipline. In addition, he attended many workshops with world class pipe tutors like Alasdair Gillis, Bob Worrall and Ken Eller. Peter currently serves as the Pipe Sergeant with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band, which is a Grade III pipe band and considered one of the best pipe bands in the south, for over 20 years.  Peter is also the Pipe Major for Cross Creek Pipes and Drums in Fayetteville, N.C. Under Peter’s leadership he has developed this group to a Level I band and has won awards with them. As an instructor, Peter has taught the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band, The Cape Fear Highlanders out of Wilmington, N.C., and worked with the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums during their second run in Grade II at the North American Championship.