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Apart from experience and traditions, the greatest asset of the Moscow Caledonian Club is the many good friends and partners we have made both in Russia and Scotland.pages for yor

After St.Andrew, our most revered Patron is Paul Dukes, founder and head of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at Aberdeen University and the Aberdeen Russia Club. One of the leading Western historians of Russia, Paul is also a great authority on Russo-Scottish contacts. We mostly owe to him our strong links with Aberdeen and the North-East. He helped us to exchange visits with his students and colleagues, to meet the members of the Fyvie Folk Club and scores of other couthie folk, and to bring about many of our projects, while his hospitality is unsurpassed. Thanks a lot, Paul!Ramsay Tvedt, Michael Rodgers, George Allan.

Our warmest compliments to the Fyvie Folk Club and Bedlam Howe led by Ramsay Tvedt and George Allan, whom after a few drams we dubbed "the best lads in Scotland" - and they always stood up to that! As the first Scots band to accept our invitation to play in Moscow, they are largely responsible for the craze about Scottish music here. They have been back since their first visit, and are aye welcome again.

We are much indebted to Hugh Allison for his vital support. As the man in charge of cultural events in Nairn and Fort William, he was a major force behind Russia’s first Highland Games in 1997 and the first Season of Russian Culture in Scotland in 1999. Best regards to Hugh and his lovely family!

In December 1998 our Folk and Whisky Festival (not necessarily in that order!) saw the Moscow debut of the Glasgow bunch called Beggar’s Row. The reception was such that they had to return over and over again, and became the first Scots to perform on Russian TV. Hope to see you all again soon!

All thumbs up to the Scottish Stepdance Company under John Sikorski and Kery. In April 2000 they introduced that ancient Celtic art to the Moscow public with huge success and generously shared their skills by holding master classes. Rest assured that you have many admirers in Russia who can hardly wait for your next step in our direction!

What often seemed like dreams to us could only come true through joint efforts and unselfish support of many. We gratefully acknowledge the interest and help of Sir Andrew Wood, former British Ambassador to Russia, who has twice inaugurated our Scottish Festivals in Moscow; The British Council, under its former Moscow director, Tony Andrews, and his successor, Adrian Greer, for their long-standing assistance in our projects; Alistair MacDonald, Director of the Highland Festival, for making possible the Russian Cultural Seasons in Scotland; James Walker, head of Walkers Shortbread, for constant and generous sponsorship of MCC’s events from the very start. We are especially obliged to the invaluable contribution of Rod MacLeod, whose passion for Gaelic lore is truly inspiring.

We wish wee could mention everyone here, but Internet is not big enough. Still, love and thanks to Michael and Irene Mackie, Brian Miller, Fiona Ross, Handsel, Gordeanna McCulloch, Alan Sim, Helen Semple, Neil Clark, Jim Smith, Wynefride Moir, Edwin Moir, Morven, Dumbarton Pipes & Drums, Dà imh, Noreen Hall, Paul Beg and many more. Haste ye all back!

Wee would also like to thank the media for their wide and vivid coverage of our events. Hats off to Alexey Denisov, "Novyye Izvestia", "Sport Express", "Segodnia", "Alfavit", "Itogi", "Inostranets", "Vecherniaya Moskva" as well as BBC, "The Scotsman", "Highland News", "Aberdeen Press & Journal" etc.


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