Jack Lee is pipe sergeant of the six-time world champion SFU Pipe Band. (file photo)

Jack Lee is pipe sergeant of the six-time world champion SFU Pipe Band. (file photo)

Virtual ‘ScotFestBC Robert Burns Celebration’ will feature Surrey piper, sing-alongs and more

Jack Lee and David Lunny among performers during Jan. 23 online event

Surrey’s Jack Lee, pipe sergeant of the six-time world champion SFU Pipe Band, will be among performers during ScotFestBC Robert Burns Celebration, an online event held in collaboration with SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies.

The virtual Ceilidh, planned for the evening hours of Saturday, Jan. 23, is not a dinner, it’s a celebration of Scotland’s most famous poet, with sing-alongs, fiddling and more.

As event organizers suggest, it’s a chance to “dust off your kilts, grab your tartans and charge your whisky glasses” in honour of Robert Burns.

Tickets are free for “A Robert Burns Celebration,” as the gathering is known on eventbrite.ca, but space is limited. Those who register will receive an email with a Zoom access code for the event.

Donations to ScotFestBC will benefit The British Columbia Highland Games, held annually at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam.

During the Jan. 23 event, Dr. Leith Davis, SFU’s director of Scottish Studies, will share history about Burns, and David Lunny will recite Burns’ famous poem, “Address to a Haggis.” The host is ScotFestBC executive director Mike Chisholm, and the 6:30 p.m. “pre-show” offers a recorded concert featuring SFU Pipe Band.

Prizes include a bottle of Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery Invermallie single malt whisky (valued at $130), a $250 gift card from Tartantown for the best dressed participant (with the best Scottish set design in the background) and and whisky tour gifts cards to the Victoria Caledonian Distillery. Additional prizes from The British Store in Surrey will also be drawn throughout the evening.

• RELATED STORY, from 2017: Lifelong Surrey piper Jack Lee wins big in Scotland.

Meantime, North Delta-based musician Michelle Carlisle is hosting a “Robbie Burns & All Things Scottish” concert on Monday, Jan. 25, starting at 7 p.m.

On her YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/MichelleColinda), the free livestream show will feature several musicians, dancers and speakers, including Jim McWilliams (Address to the Haggis), Colin McWilliams (Piper), Shot of Scotch Vancouver (Highland dancing), Brian Flanagan (Vocals & guitar), Allan McMordie (A Whisky Library) and Todd Wong (Gung Haggis Fat Choy), along with a virtual whisky tour.

“Put on your plaid, tartan or both and get your whisky and haggis ready for a fun show,” Carlisle says in a Facebook event post.

Robert Burns was born on Jan. 25, 1759, in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes. “Like his father, Burns was a tenant farmer,” starts a biography posted to poetryfoundation.org. “However, toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; throughout his life he was also a practicing poet. His poetry recorded and celebrated aspects of farm life, regional experience, traditional culture, class culture and distinctions, and religious practice. He is considered the national poet of Scotland. Although he did not set out to achieve that designation, he clearly and repeatedly expressed his wish to be called a Scots bard, to extol his native land in poetry and song, as he does in ‘The Answer.”



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