The show began in 2018 after founder and Producer of Highland Echoes, Jennifer Licko, had experienced over 20 years of touring as a Celtic singer with musicians and dancers all over the world. The same thing kept coming back to her vision "I want to feature more Highland Dancers and more of the Scottish history story".
In 2018, with the encouragement of the Saint Andrews Society of North Carolina, Jennifer began the nonprofit Highland Echoes to give audiences what she knew they wanted.
Highland Echoes featured 4 Highland dancers and a full band of award winning musicians. The dances were choreographed by Highland Fitness instructor and dancer, Sandra Gribbin. The music was written by both Jennifer Licko and Patrick Mangan from Riverdance.
The small yet mighty show was a success. Audiences up and down the United States Eastern seaboard had 5 star reviews for the band, the dancers and the the show itself.
During the planning stages of the 2020 tour, the Pandemic of Covid-19 hit and everything came to a halt - Everything except for Highland Echoes. The video footage from past shows were edited and new footage was shot to share the stories from every dancer and musician in the show. That video have a live viewing in 2020 via YouTube and Facebook reaching thousands of new fans.
Jennifer quickly got to work on expanding the show based on comments, surveys and feedback from all the audiences reached with Highland Echoes.
So what is in the works? The BIG SHOW scheduled for July 2022 in Boone NC. Held at one theater for two weeks in conjunction with the largest gathering of Scottish organizations in the world, The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
What will be different from the original Highland Echoes show? Mostly the size. Going from 4 dancers to 25 dancers. Bringing in a lighting and design crew to create more atmosphere. More music has been written and traditional music arranged to specifically tell the story of Scotland in the 1700s and the movement of the Scottish people from then to now. All the legends, mystery, history that surrounds the Story of the Scottish Diaspora.
"I owe this to my community - the community of people I don't even know, but I know we are connected through our cultural belonging to the diaspora. I have to make this happen because the world needs to know that Scottish dance, music and culture is vibrant, strong and healthy - and it will live on with the support of those who believe in it"
"The tradition, stories, language, music. The feelings the voices and instruments invoke are amazing. Learning about the historic past and the strength of the people gives me a shared pride and humble heart."
"Excellent performances and music selection. Truly enjoyed the experience and show."
"A perfect blend of music, song, dance, and education of the vanished Highland culture. Slightly reminiscent of Riverdance and Lord of the dance but far more informative as explanations and origins a represent ed to the audience. "
"Excellent entertainment . . . warmed the heart of a Scot!"
Meet our team of musicians and dancers!
“Amazing show! We love to explore and expose our kids to culture and music, and this show seemed like a great opportunity. I just didn’t expect the vibrant, exquisite talent from the musicians or the lovely, brilliant, dancers.”