Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Burns and the Ulster Scots: Lisnaskea

The Bard meets a Lambeg drum!

The Bard and I travelled to Northern Ireland recently at the invitation of the Ulster Scots Association. It is great to see such interest in the works of Burns over in that part of the world. Outside Scotland, Ireland was the first country to publish the Works of Burns back in the 18th Century.

Lisnaskea High School, in Lisnaskea near Enniskillen, was the venue for a concert including Burns story but also supported by a two local bands - the Brookeborough Flute Band and the Lisnaskea Accordion Band.

Although not huge the crowd was enthusiastic joining in where asked, and were most appreciative of Tam O' Shanter!

Some of the crowd...after the show

With a HUGE thanks to Trevor Watson for setting up the whole event.


TrevorW said...

Hello to Kevin and the Bard!
Thank you for the fantastic insight into the life & times of the Bard. My kids still talk about Tam o Shanter and the Mouse. The powerpoint and live exerts and songs bring the wonderful poetry & songs to life in a way everyone can understand, even as far west as Lisnaskea!! Pity about the good weather, the crowd would have swelled if the women could have got the men in from the fields, wonder did the Bard himself have that problem? Until the next time you venture over here, best wishes and see hope to you soon, maybe in Edinburgh at The Gathering
Trevor and family

keltickev said...

thnx Trevor. It was a real pleasure to visit your corner of the world. I hope to get back there in the future. Thnx again for all your help.