Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail
Thursdays, April 8, 15 & 29, at 10 PM
Repeats Fridays, April 9, 16 & 30, at 3 AM, Sundays, April 11-25, at 7 PM and Mondays, April 12-26, at midnight
Also airs on Fusion on Saturdays, April 10-17 & May 1, at 7 PM
Scottish comedian, actor, and musician Billy Connolly follows the migratory trail of Scots through America in BILLY CONNOLLY’S GREAT AMERICAN TRAIL. Throughout his voyage, Connolly visits famous sites and uncovers traditions and historical figures with surprising Scottish roots.
Starting in New York, Billy begins his adventure opening the New York tartan parade to a crowd of 30,000. From New York, he travels east to Boston where he learns about Native American culture, experiences a bizarre fisherman’s tradition, and visits the gravesite of an American icon who not many don’t realize is a Scot: Uncle Sam.
After making a pit stop at “Little Glasgow” in New Jersey, Billy makes pilgrimages at several different stops to learn more about personal heroes of his, including Hank Williams and Norman Rockwell. From there, he heads to Atlantic City and commemorates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock by meeting with some concert goers at the site of the festival itself.
The final episode begins with Billy following the trail of illegal moonshiners in Virginia, before visiting the tracks of the underground railroad and meeting with a descendant of Harriet Tubman. Then, it’s on to the last stop of the journey, Nashville, Tennessee, where Billy takes the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, the hallowed stage where the likes of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash performed.