Who Are We?

With Haggis involved, I have no doubt there will be some skepticism on whether the following is true or not. After all we are not in Haggis Season right now? Or are we? Actually we are ALWAYS in Haggis Season!

The Dunedin Haggis Concert Series was conceived (if that is the right word?) over a pint of Guinness back in January 2018. The imbibers were Alan McHale (Shocker) and Michael Lange (Who would have known)?

Michael had recently moved to Dunedin from Madison, Wisconsin where it is colder than double chilled Guinness! Michael had instrumental in the production of a number of Irish Music Events and Festivals in the Mid-West and was interested in resuming his passion in Dunedin.  Alan came to Dunedin in 2001 and has a background in the music industry and fund raising, which included over five years as President of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation who were responsible for arguably the best Celtic Festival in the State of Florida (At least he thinks it was) The Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival as well as the Dunedin Highlnad Games & Festival.  Both Alan and Michael were interested in producing more Celtic Music events which were not reliant on the unpredictable weather. Although he was used to Scottish Weather so what is the issue here?

One month later they held the first of the concerts and just under 100 people attended a show with RUNA and the adventure began.

The Haggis Celtic Concert Series is now about to start its third year (and they said it would never last). In January 2020 we hosted our first Festival called DunedinLive – HaggisWinter Music Fest in Downtown Dunedin.

So far, we have produced over 20  concerts featuring the best in traditional and modern Celtic Music with performers from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States.  Most of the concerts are held at the Historic Scottish Cultural Center at 917 Louden Avenue in Downtown Dunedin.  

The  mission of the Haggis Celtic Concert Series is to provide traditional and contemporary Celtic Music to a loyal audience in a fun, friendly (and dry, air conditioned) safe environment, at economic prices.  Proceeds from these and all other events at the Scottish Cultural Center help support Dunedin’s Scottish Arts Programs in Dunedin Middle School and Dunedin High School as well as the local Highland Dance Groups in Dunedin.

As part of our Civic responsibility, we collect non-perishable food items at every event for our local food bank, Dunedin Cares.

But, Who Are We Really?

Haggis Celtic Concerts are the Concert producing arm of the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Together, we are committed to making sure great Celtic music is available to the good citizens of Dunedin. We are dedicated to maintaining reasonable prices for our events in order to keep the music accessible to our community.

Our Mission Statement

To enhance the Heritage of Dunedin through Celtic Music.

Our Values Statement

Integrity – we will fulfill our mission ethically both internally and externally, but have fun along the way.

Fiscal Responsibility – our activities will be conducted with an eye toward fiscal viability and budgetary accountability.

Quality – we will engage in a unending quest for quality in all that we do.

Fun – We will approach our efforts with joy and a spirit of generosity.

Creativity – We will strive to  bring the best, not just the best known. We will strive to surprise, delight and challenge our audience and artist alike.

Education – We  will strive to pass on the skills of our artists to students interested in gaining the knowledge and fun of this ancient craft and art form.

Community – We recognize that Traditional Celtic Music is as much a community of people as it is a genre of music. In all that we do, we are committed to fostering and maintaining the sense of community from which the music sprang.

Vision – we will provide a progressive, trend-setting educational and entertaining experience suitable for all ages by undertaking evolving, growing and creative projects.

“There are no obstacles.”

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