THERE are countless ways to celebrate the birthday of Rabbie Burns, from traditional Burns Suppers (think haggis, neeps and tatties, a wee dram of whisky and poetry recitals) to stand-up comedy and live music. We’ve listed just a selection of Burns events. Find more at wow247.co.uk.
Burns Night Ceilidh at The Royal Scottish Academy
National Gallery Complex: The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
25 Jan, 7pm - 1am, £26.50
A night of live music, dancing and a traditional Scottish supper. Cullen Skink, followed by haggis, neeps and tatties served with a dram and then traditional cranachan for pudding. A range of wines, Scottish beers and drams will be available from the bar.
26 - 27 Jan, 11am-3pm
Adult tours give an insight into Rabbie’s visit to Stirling and how this impacted his work. There will also be Burns for Bairns. This will be aimed at primary-school aged children and will feature some of Burns most popular poetry. In addition there will be a consideration of the history of the Burns Supper in The Whisky and The Haggis.
Arts Centre 50th Anniversary Burns Supper
Aberdeen Arts Centre
26 Jan, 7.30pm
Celebrating the work of Robbie Burns in true Scottish style, the Friends of ACT gather for a special evening as part of the 50th anniversary festivities. A colourful evening of poetry, haggis, neeps, tatties and timorous coo.
The Big Burns Night at Celtic Connections
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
25 Jan, 7.30pm, £20 - £23
Hosting the party for Celtic Connections is the brilliant young traditional band Breabach, who’ll be joined by a stellar selection of fellow Scottish artists - plus the odd surprise international guest - performing new arrangements of Burns songs and melodies. As well as Breabach’s own Ewan Robertson and Megan Henderson, featured singers include the great Dougie MacLean OBE and Kathleen MacInnes - the latter highlighting the Gaelic melodies to which Burns often set his words - while Blazin’ Fiddles contribute more of the Bard’s favourite tunes, as well as string accompaniment to the songs.
Karen Dunbar: Burns Night
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr
24 Jan, 7pm - 10pm, £55
Where better to mark Burns Night than the Bard’s birthplace? An evening of fine dining and entertainment hosted by comedian Karen Dunbar of Chewin’ the Fat fame.
Burns Tribute Night at Clachaig Inn
Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
26 Jan, 9pm
Come along and pay tribute to Scotland’s most famous bard in true Clachaig style. They will be doffing their cap to the bard, and having a bit of fun, whisky and haggis in the process. Music & toasts from White Rose. Dougie & Kevin help you raise a glass and a smile on a cold January night.
Burns Night at Teviot Row House, Edinburgh
Teviot Row House, Edinburgh
25 Jan, 8pm - 1am, £6
A night to celebrate the Bard with a ceilidh, haggis, neeps and tatties and live music. Note that this is a student union so you will either have to have a relevant student card or be a guest of a student.
Burns Night Bash at The String Jam Club
The String Jam Club at the Salmon Inn, Galashiels
26 Jan, 7.30pm, £8
One of their most popular nights of the year. Non-stop open mic night, toasting the haggis, piper and festive raffle.
Burns Ceilidh Supper at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
25 & 26 Jan, 7.30pm, £25
Celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s National Bard at the Beach Ballroom. Enjoy readings of Burns’ work plus traditional Scottish food and a fantastic ceilidh from Clachan Yell.
A Haggis Lich Nicht
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness
25 Jan, 7.30pm, £4
Come to the City Centre for a hilarious celebration of The Bard’s poetry and songs and the rounding up of the Haggis, which will lead you, the audience, from the streets of the Highland capital to the seats of Eden Court’s OneTouch Theatre for a finale performance to remember. Devised and directed by Eden Court CREATIVE with participants from all across the Highlands.
Burns and Beyond
City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
25 Jan, 9.30pm, £17
Burns and Beyond with Jason Singh, Soumik Datta, Clinton Fearon, Malinky and India Alba. If internationalist conviviality worthy of Rabbie himself is your idea of the Burns Night spirit, then this unique celebratory gathering of musical cultures will have your glass running over.
NLS Burns Night Poetry Grand Slam
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
25 Jan, 6pm
Celebrate Burns Night with the first National Library of Scotland Poetry Slam. Poetry slams delight and intrigue audiences around the globe, and Scotland is home to some of the world’s finest performance poets.
Meet the Ancestors: Robert Burns Revealed!
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
27 Jan, 2pm & 3pm
Why is the life of Robert Burns like a haggis? Because it’s stuffed with great ingredients like adventure, magic and romance. Join historian and author Allan Burnett as he serves up the great poet’s amazing life story.
Celtic Connections Burns
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
25 Jan, 7.30pm, £30-£250
A chance to don your glad rags and toast Scotland’s bard in style, amid the strikingly sumptuous surroundings of Kelvingrove. A gourmet musical menu includes two outstanding young Scottish traditional singers, Siobhan Miller and Shona Donaldson, lending their exquisitely dulcet tones to a selection of Rabbie’s finest along with Adam Holmes, vocalist with the band Rura.
Burns an’ a’ That
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
26 Jan, 7pm, £5
A traditional ceilidh evening of Burns story, song and music with storyteller Tim Porteus and the Pans Tellers. A braw nicht is guaranteed.