This was a big party atmosphere with the main auditorium of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall being filled to capacity once more and featured many different artists on stage ranging from singing and playing to reading and dancing.
The stage was set
as “Rab”s Bar” with Duncan Chisholm as the barman who supplied the guests with a “wee dram” between performances!
The main acts were Breabach (pictured) and the Blazzin” Fiddles who were certainly on fire when, during their first piece which was a group of Shetland tunes, one of the bows suddenly snapped during a very lively section!
Kathleen MacInnes then sang the Gaelic version of Ay Fond Kiss as well as doing another Gaelic song at the opening of the second half “acapella”. She has a very beautiful haunting voice which was great for these tunes.
Breabach then performed their take on an Edwin Muir poem called “Scotland”s Winter” before we had a rendition of one of Burns earliest poems – Winter: A Dirge followed by To A Mouse by our own Makar Liz Lochhead who would later came back on for the Immortal Memory.
Dougie MacLean was next on getting the audience to join him in singing “I am Ready for the Storm” and “Ca” the Yowes” and this was followed by a selection of jigs and reels during which time Breabach“s fiddler Megan Henderson came to the front of stage and did some Gaelic step dancing!
We then had the haggis brought on and hailed before we all said the Selkirk Grace at the interval.
The second half began with a fiddle competition between the men and women on stage before they all joined in together. Dougie was back on having us all sing along again this time to Green Grow the Rashes and then Sarah Jarosz (who had been on with Kate Rusby the night before) sang a beautiful version of “My Love is Like A Red Red Rose”.
In between all this, there were various other tunes being played finishing up with everyone on stage led by Dougie MacLean with Ye Banks and Braes and finally it could only be Auld Lang Syne!
It was a wonderful evening, saluting not just Robert Burns but also the great current talent which our nation produces in many fields of the arts.