Celtic tenor to highlight 2014 Robbie Burns Concert

Darlene Shea
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Annual event set for Jan. 24 at Carrefour Theatre in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Caledonian Club of P.E.I. will present the 125th annual Robbie Burns Scottish Concert on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., at the Carrefour Theatre in Charlottetown.

This year also marks the 255th anniversary of the birth of Burns known as Scotland’s favourite son and the Bard of Ayrshire.

As Scottish enthusiasts prepare to celebrate and honour the famed Scottish writer, organizers invite Islanders to join them for an evening program to help remember the Scottish icon, and all that he achieved in his short life of 37 years.

The Caledonian Club welcomes back Tom MacDonald from Arisaig, N.S., and his guitarist, Rob Wolf.

In addition to MacDonald, Blair MacPhail will play the part of Burns, while reciting a number of Burns’ famous poems.

The flaming haggis will be piped to the stage, carried by clansman Douglas MacNevin where Philip Macdonald will deliver the “Address to a Haggis”.  It was Burns who ennobled this simple dish and made it forever the centerpiece of Scottish celebrations around the world. During intermission guests will be invited by clansman Douglas MacKenzie to sample the savoury meat.

Concert guests will be greeted by the sound of Sarrah Wood’s bagpipes. The Dunvegan Dancers, under the direction of Barbara Brown-Yorke, will provide highland dancing. Jim Hornby will provide Scottish fiddle tunes, accompanied by Duncan Matheson on the keyboard. 

The 150th anniversary of the Caledonian Club of Prince Edward Island will be held throughout 2014. A special presentation will be made during the program with an unveiling of a Robert Burns picture donated by Fulton MacLaine and family to the club.

Tickets will be available at the door. Adults $12 and children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are also available by calling the following club members: Cecil MacPhail, 892-2181; John Bryanton, 566-2082; Bill Acorn, 892-1666; Douglas MacKenzie, 394-0669; or Eleanor Boswell, 368-7378.

The building is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.caledoniancluofpei.ca.


Organizations: Carrefour Theatre, Caledonian Club of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Scotland, Ayrshire Arisaig

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