In the belief that music and the arts are key to connecting cultures and understanding our roots, Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education provides cultural experiences and educational opportunities in Scottish traditional arts and the historic connections between Scotland and the USA by conducting classes, workshops, lectures and public performances. Please contact us to find out more.


Good fortune, good future through arts and education

SPAE Board of Directors

Michael Herron

 President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary & Webmaster

Diane McCullough

Artistic Director & Grants Administrator


Carolyn Peters


Diane Betts


Johnny Martin


Julia Kelly


Alex Sutherland

In Memoriam



2015/2016 Artists







Brian McNeill


Brian McNeill is a virtuoso on fiddle, viola, mandolin, cittern, bouzouki, bass, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy. Brian was the founder of the Battlefield Band in 1969, one of Scotland's best known folk ensembles. He is a leading writer of Scottish Song, has numerous recordings - solo and with other leading Scottish traditional musicians. In 2010, he released his twelfth solo album of original material. He has produced recording for many new and well-known folk artists, and has published 3 original mystery novels. He was head of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)) in Glasgow, Scotland from 2001-2008. Brian is a Master Teacher, able to motivate audiences and students of all ages. Visit for more information.





Ed Miller


Ed Miller is one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish folk revival and brings his love of Scotland to every perfor-mance. Originally from Edinburgh, Ed now lives in Austin, TX where he hosts a folk music program on Austin’s National Public Radio station. Ed is one of the most popular folk artists on the Highland Games circuit in North America, and has recorded numerous CDs, his latest being “Come Awa’ Wi’ Me”. His performances include traditional ballads and the songs of Robert Burns, as well as songs from con-temporary Scottish composers. Ed is in great demand by Scottish music lovers in the St. Louis area.  He has appeared 10 times as featured artist at our Scottish Games and he has also been the guest entertainer for two of the St. Andrew Society annual Burns Dinners. “His clear, sure way with a song, and gentle, humorous way with an audience, will charm every listener.”, Judy Stein, The Focal Point, St. Louis. Contact Ed at:












MK Stallings


MK Stallings, poet, teacher, founder of UrbArts, holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the UM St. Louis, teaches Introduction to Sociology for St. Louis Commu-nity College at Florissant Valley, has developed and facilitated youth writing workshops since Fall 2001, specializing in poetry. He is the slammaster of UrbSLAM and directs VerbQuake, a city-wide poetry performance competition where high school students refine their writing and presentation skills under the instruction of poets experienced in slam. Find out more at






William Ray


William Ray, fiddler, Director of Interpretation at The Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center and adjunct professor at Lindenwood University, is an expert in Americana (folk music and culture of the US) and will work with students on the style of fiddle and banjo music written about in the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.












Jessi Cerutti


Jessi Cerutti, St. Louis visual artist, explores personal memory and local history through printmaking and fiber arts. She earned her BFA at UM St. Louis in 2005 and MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2011. She merges ink and fiber to create objects that illustrate an accumulation of time, change and memory. Exhibits include INTANGIBLE RIVERS: A SUBJECTIVE HISTORY at the Zeigenhein on Cherokee Street in 2011. She has had exhibits in Chicago and Cleveland. She teaches workshops, does adjunt teaching in the St. Louis area and is co-founder and VP of Rock n' Roll Craft Show. Her website is:





Jim Malcolm


Jim Malcolm, raised in Perthshire and Angus in Scotland, is recorded on Greentrax, Linn Records, and Beltane Records and has appeared on Scottish radio and television broadcasts and at all of the major folk festivals in Scotland. He has toured extensively in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Denmark and Ireland both as a solo artist and with Old Blind Dogs. In 2004 he was awarded the Songwriter of the Year Award by The Scots Traditional Music Society. Since then he has released numerous solo CDs, as well as a DVD with Jim as

The Bard, Rabbie Burns.



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