In 2018 and again in 2020, The Bridge Singers had Burns Night Celebration concerts, and tonight (25th January 2021) we’re having a virtual singalong of our twelve favourite Burns songs from these previous two concerts. There will be three poems recited as well, and a dance video. We also may have a visit from a special guest. I’m creating this blog partly so that we can relive the evening later, but also for those choir members who are unable to attend. I shall update the blog with footage from the evening after the event!
Update 26th January – all updates will be in blue – the original blog is in black! Most of the updates are snippets of video from the event itself – usually the end as we do like applause in The Bridge Singers!
1. Westlin Winds – it’s the TTB version on our recording, but sopranos and altos can pick a part and singalong!
2. She’s Fair and Fause
3. Red Red Rose (Camm)
4. The Tay Bridge Disaster by William McGonagall – Poem (Hazel)
5. The Birks Of Aberfeldie (no solos)
After we’d finished this song, guests appeared in our Zoom waiting room – it was our Burns Night pals from last year, Richard and Morag Michael from Kirkcaldy. In 2020 they came down to be our guests for the day and Richard performed about half the concert for us. It was so lovely to see them last night – they dropped in for about 15 minutes for a chat and Richard played a selection of Burns tunes on his piano. It was very emotional and extremely special. We feel very honoured that such an exceptional and renowned musician would take time out to join us in our singalong.
6. The Lea Rig
7. It Was In Sweet Senegal
8. To A Mouse – Poem (Anne)
9. Oh My Luve Is Like A Red, Red Rose (Trad)
10. John Anderson
11. Address to the Haggis – Poem (Shuna)
12. A Man’s A Man For A’ That
13. Ca The Yowes
14. Clog Hornpipe Hazel and Chris Metherell
15. Ae Fond Kiss
16. Auld Lang Syne