|Feel the Burn||January 2017|
Once you have finished eating, you will have the chance to don your dancing shoes, follow a Scottish piper across to the Village Hall and join in the After Party – an evening of Ceilidh dancing.
All about Robbie Burns
Burns Night is a great tradition, not just in Scotland but south of the border and around the world too. It marks the annual celebration of the birth of Scotland’s national poet, Robbie Burns.
From traditional ballads and romantic songs to humorous satires and thought-provoking poems, Robert Burns composed some of the world's most instantly recognisable lines of poetry and song lyrics.
His words have been cherished and passionately recited for the past two centuries. Indeed, it's because of this great man that we promise, every Hogmanay, to 'tak a cup o' kindness' with our neighbours and go forward into the new year with a sense of belonging and hope for the future. (Auld Lang Syne).
Burns was born on 25 January 1759 and died aged 37 of a form of arthritis. His short life was action packed: he had nine children with his wife Jean Armour; fathered several more through a string of affairs; had his first collection of poems published when he was just 27 and achieved fame for his poetry and his wild lifestyle by the time he was 30. He also held radical political views, supporting both the French Revolution and George Washington’s quest for independence from England.
Among his other most famous works are: A Man's a Man for A' That, Ae fond kiss, To a Mouse and
My Luve is like a Red Red Rose.
Demonstrating the timelessness of Burns’ work, both Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan have attributed inspiration for their songs to the Bard. Jackson worked on an album putting Burns’ poems to music, while Dylan said “Red Red Rose” was the “greatest source of inspiration”.
We hope you will join us as we don our kilts, raise our drams and celebrate the life of Scotland’s national poet and the start of a new year.