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Burns Supper a Brilliant Success
Well, this weekend, Andrew and I performed at our first Burns Supper in Harlingen. It's really rather amazing. We were hired on the reference of one of the members of the Scottish Society of South Texas. That and the fact that the Gunns of Texas are such staunch supporters of us.

It's always funny to come into a new region and face expectations. I remember at the beginning of the night chatting with someone who jokingly said, "We're happy to have you. And if you stink, then may the Scots go easy on you." By the evenings end of the evening, all joking was aside, he was a bards fan.

What was really interesting with this group was the age demographic. It was a much older group than we usually perform for. They were big fans of Ed Miller, but who isn't! (I sure am)

Well, the Burns Supper went fairly smooth and orderly, and we took the stage. Andrew and I have not solidified our Scottish set thanks to the Gunns of Texas. We have plenty of music and are already wondering what songs won't be able to fit on our next CD Real Men Wear Kilts. So the songs went smoothly. We played for nearly an hour and a half before we decided... "Oh yeah, let's take a break." By then it was getting late, and Andrew was in his usual mischievious mood.

So as I attempted to give an closing to the set, Andrew jumped straight into Glen Miller's "In the Mood". You should've heard the roar. Can't say there was dancing in the isles, but there were huge applause when the song was over. I then fixed a couple strings, and twenty minutes later we finished up the evening.

All in all, it was a tremendous weekend, and a fun way to celebrate the national poet of Scotland. Listen here to music written by Robert Burns and learn some facts about this incredible individual and his annual birthday celebration.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, January 26, 2004


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