Scocha are on song in New York parties

Local folk ‘n’ roll band Scocha made a success of their fourth trip to the United States.

The group had the honour of playing as the official band of the Scottish Government during Scotland Week in New York, where they performed a concert in Central Park for more than 11,000 runners, as well as spectators, involved in The Scotland Run, a qualifying event for the New York Marathon.

Scocha also performed at Tartan Week, a locally-run event that celebrates the Big Apple’s links with Scotland. The band’s engagements included a performance on Thursday evening when prominent Scots in the audience included Tricia Marwick, presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, Marwick’s deputy, Elaine Smith, and the television presenter Kirsty Wark.

Scocha were also prominent in the Tartan Day Parade which took place on The Avenue of the Americas, an event that is staged the world over in countries with a strong Scottish diaspora. The band followed this with a headline gig at the post-parade party near Madison Square.