How To Celebrate Burns Night
Celebrating Robbie Burns Night
Fans of Robbie Burns, Scotland's foremost poet, often love to host love Burns Night suppers! Do you celebrate Burns Night? Are you looking for some nice Burns Night invitations or a Selkirk Grace plate? Robbie Burns is a Scottish icon! Although born in England I am proud of my Scottish ancestry and as a poet of sorts, I admire his poems and songs too.
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I adore Scotland, particularly the Highlands where I lived in the early 1980s. Scots both expat and resident honour Robert Burns each year in January with Burns Supper celebrations at which traditional food is eaten, poetry is sung and recited and of course the poet Robert Burns is toasted with whisky.
Robert Burns himself was a great character, an exciseman and a farmer and he was a prolific dialect poet. This makes his poetry all the more special to Scotland. I feel a special resonance with Robert Burns, not least because I too have to work for my living and cannot be a full time Bard!
How We Celebrate Robbie Burns Night - Robert Burns Supper, Lincoln Style
This year, as in previous years, Tadpole has been asked to "dirk the haggis". As master of ceremonies he will recite the Address to a Haggis as it is piped into the room. Sadly the pipes will be on CD, but the dirk will not. He has been practising reciting the poem in dialect for many weeks and will do so by heart!
Ironically, Tadpole is a strict vegetarian, so although he will recite the Ode and "Dirk the Haggis" (plunge a sharp knife into the haggis so it spills out!) he will be eating vegetarian haggis only.
Haggis, both traditional and vegetarian, will be served with champit tatties (mashed potatoes) and neeps (mashed carrot, turnip and swede) and accompanied by a glass of uisge-beatha - the water of life - whisky!
We will recite more of Burns' poems and I shall sing a couple of his songs.
Burns Night Invitation, cards and other Robert Burns themed gifts are all available in our Zazzle shop.
Robbie Burns Gifts and Cards
- Persimew: Gifts: Special gifts, cards and calendars: Zazzle.com Store
Find Robert Burns Cards and Gifts here for your Burns Night celebration.
Robbie Burns Plate - Selkirk Grace
My Love is like a Red Red Rose
Traditional Melody - Low Down in the Broom
Here is the free sheet music (melody and guitar TAB) for My Love is Like A Red Red Rose. All you have to do is click on the guitar. You can play this melody on any instrument.
A Red Red Rose
My Love is like a Red Red Rose - Free Sheet Music
- My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose - Beginner Guitar Melody.pdf - Google Drive
Music Notes, with note name noteheads and TAB. Free sheet music to print or download from Google drive for personal use.
To listen to an MP3 of my arrangement for Flute and classical guitar or purchase sheet music for it you need to click on the link below.
My Love is like a Red, Red Rose Trio Arrangement
- My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose - Trio by Traditional Scots Melody Parts: Flute, Guitar Accompaniment - Notation, Guitar Accompaniment - TAB, Guitar Melody - Notation and Guitar Melody TAB
Robert Burns To A Mouse Poetry Card
To A Mouse Rabbie Burns Poem Card
This design incorporates the full Robert Burns poem, To A Mouse as well as another of Tadpole's cute cartoons!
Robert Burns To A Mouse Poetry Card by Persimew
Robert Burns... Poems and Songs
Robbie Burns Books - Everything Rabbie Burns!
- Amazon.com: Robert Burns: Books
Online shopping from a great selection of Robert Burns books at Books Store.
Burns Night Celebrations - Songs and Poems of Robert Burns
Here you can enjoy these wonderful and timeless poems and songs on video and have your own virtual Burns Night!
Talk not of Love
Everything You Wanted To Know About Robert Burns - But were too shy to ask
Some random facts to start you off. Robbie Burns was an extremely prolific poet and songwriter. He liked life, he loved women and he enjoyed his whisky too! A farmer, he augmented his living with a 40 per annum salary as an exciseman, chasing smugglers and collecting duties! Gives a whole new meaning to The De'ils Awa' Wi' the Exciseman, doesn't it? He died tragically young as a result of rheumatic fever. Next to Shakespeare Robert Burns is probably the most loved, respected and quoted british poet!
The de'ils awa wi' the exciseman
- Robert Burns Country: The Works
Everything you wanted to know about Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard (and lots more besides). Please let us know if anything's missing, wrong, or just plain wonderful
- Robert Burns Poetry from the Alexandria Burns Club
Burns Poetry: A page with featured poems by Robert Burns.
- Robert Burns Tribute - Burns Supper, Haggis, Poems and more
What is a Haggis? What is the Ode to a Haggis?
- Whisky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All about the water of life! (And NEVER serve it on the rocks!)
Auld Lang Syne
Hunting For The Haggis - What is a Haggis? Myth and Reality...
The myth of the haggis is that it is a flightless bird living in the Highlands of Scotland. It scratches a living all around the blooming heather but is easily outwitted and caught. It has one leg longer than the other in order to run more quickly around the mountain, but if frightened by beaters it will change direction and lose its balance thus tumbling down the hill into the arms of waiting Haggis Hunters....
The truth is more prosaic....
To a Haggis
Scots Wha Hae
To A Mouse - Robert Burns
On turning her up in her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785
One of Robert Burns' most delightful poems is To A Mouse. It shows great thought and insight and the imagery he conjures is lovely!.
Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!
I'm truly sorry Man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen-icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request:
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!
Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' wast,
An' weary Winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.
That wee-bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald.
To thole the Winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!
But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Still, thou art blest, compar'd wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!
Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin by Persimew
To a Mouse
Thy Wee Bit Housie Mousepad - Robbie Burns To A Mouse Mousepad
Robert Burns Supper
I look forward to the celebration and have found that Sainsbury's and Waitrose both do excellent vegetarian Haggis as well as the more traditional variety. I shall enjoy mashing the neaps with butter and salt and fresh ground pepper. Food intolerance means I have to forgo the champit tatties, but I shall certainly enjoy my wee dram in honour of Robert Burns!
I hope you will too!