Quittapahilla Highlanders at Eicher Arts Center

By on October 4, 2017

Tuneful melodies, energetic dance tunes and stirring marches of Scottish and Irish music will resound through Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park on the afternoon of Oct. 15, starting at 2 p.m.

The Eicher Arts Center, 407 Cocalico St. in the park, is hosting the admission-free concert by the Quittapahilla Highlanders. The concert will be held rain or shine. If weather permits, the Lebanon County-based Highlanders band will be playing its bagpipes and drums outside the Eicher, so the public is encouraged to bring folding chairs to this concert. Refreshments will be provided.

Jim Scott, president of the Highlanders, said the group got started over 20 years ago in the Annville area of Lebanon County. He said there’s a tradition of Scottish bands identifying themselves with a nearby body of water, so the Highlanders named their group after Quittapahilla Creek, a body of water that starts east of Lebanon and is fed by other streams before flowing to the Swatara River.

Quittapahilla, Scott said, said, is a word Native Americans used that means “stream that comes out of the ground under pines.”

One of the tunes the band will play Oct. 15 is “The Skye Boat Song,” a Scottish folk song that has gained attention as a theme of the Outlander television series, which is largely set in 18th-century Scotland. The Highlanders will also play Irish tunes such as “Danny Boy,” and Scottish tunes such as “Auld Lang Syne.” The concert will include a demonstration-lecture segment about the music the Highlanders know and love.

he band’s garb is inspired by the “Black Watch” Royal Highland Regiment, which traces its origins to companies raised in 1725.

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