Saturday, October 17,
2009 at 8:00 PM
Two Men In Skirts
Special Guests: Thistle Ensemble
Baritone Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews and Pianist Jim
Stevenson-Mathews perform as the Scottish musical duo, Two Men In Skirts.
The duo began their celebrated collaboration in the winter of 2006 after
being invited to perform for several musical projects for Scottish games and
Celtic events in the Northeast. With humor, joy, and unique style they lead
audiences through the rich tapestry of Scotland's musical past and through
some of the more contemporary works by Scotland's greatest composers and
Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews’ professional career spans more
than twenty years and many regions of the country including major theatrical
performances with Hope Repertory Theatre (Michigan), Lyric Stage (Texas),
Theatre 3 (Texas), Dallas Opera (Texas), Chautauqua Festival Theatre (New
York) and John Houseman’s the Acting Company (New York). Gaitley also
founded Deep Ellum Opera Theatre in Dallas, Texas in 1991. He received the
Leon Rabin Award (Dallas’ version of the Tony Awards) for Best Actor in a
Musical for his performances in the musicals “Sweet Charity” and “My Fair
Jim Stevenson-Mathews has been involved with Scottish
music for well over 25 years. After first learning English folk dancing
during his college years, Jim later learned about Scottish folk dancing when
he moved from the Midwest to New York City. Since he could dance and play
the piano, Jim was often asked to provide piano accompaniment for the
Scottish country dances he attended. During one of these dances, Jim was
fortunate to meet fiddle player, Elke Baker (who later became the U.S.
National Scottish Fiddle Champion). After hearing Jim play, Ms. Baker
invited him to join her for some performances. For several years, they
joined forces and shared their love for Scottish music with their audiences.
With Gaitley's mellifluous baritone and Jim’s eloquent
piano playing, audiences are always in for a special musical experience.
These“Two Men In Skirts” always tell their audiences about the “Great Kilt,”
and then with humor and plenty of Scottish wit and charm, they drive home
the point ---- “It's fine for someone of Scottish heritage to poke fun at
himself, but don't YOU dare call what he's wearing a skirt!"
Their debut album is being released to coincide with this
performance and is a collection of the duo’s favorite musical numbers and
includes many of Scotland’s best-loved traditional songs."
The Patchogue performance will include a special guest
appearance by the New York-based bagpipe band, Thistle Ensemble. The group
has performed together for twenty years and has worked with the duo of
Gaitley and Jim for the last three winters as part of Mohonk Mountain
House's popular Scottish Weekend. Under the direction of Pipe Major Marion
Hamilton, the bagpipe and drum ensemble plays a wide repertoire of pipe
tunes with an emphasis on works from the Scottish tradition.
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