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Old 01-24-2018, 04:16 PM   #11
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I came back to UK 4 days ago as my daughter is producing grandchild No3, and i have ended up with x7 events to play at whilst Iím here. Iím certain things were quieter last year?

NO 1 supper was completed tonight. I too, got a very palatable haggis starter and a salmon main course.

People who donít know that Roger is teetotal, might be inclined to think he had an over generous nip to toast the beast!!
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Old 01-25-2018, 01:21 AM   #12
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Hi John & good to hear your back for a wee while- hope everything goes well with the new grandchild.

Yes there has been a steady increase in Burns events over the past couple of years in the UK - well South East England st least. Before the economic ‘downturn’ on 2008, the brewers, distillers and drinks wholesalers were literally throwing Scottish related product at the pub & restaurant sector at heavily discounted prices in January encouraging them to run Burns events. I suppose it was a good promotional tool to retain market prominence in the usually ‘flat month’ after Christmas & New Year.

This all seemed to halt after the 2008 crash , but since then there has been a steady increase in ‘corporate’ functions using a Burns Night theme when the real purpose of the exercise was client / customer entertainment and engagement. Whilst the main purpose of these events is not a full blown Burns Supper, I have to say that many are delivered with admirable professionalism (I could say except when Huth is playing but my New Years resolution was to be kinder to him!).

There seems to be a much readier supply in the London area of people willing to address the haggis (and make a good job of it) rather than having the Piper ‘multitask’, and the catering profession seem to be getting to grips with serving up haggis too - in past it was all too often either ‘slop’ where the chef had pricked the skin whilst boiling, or dry where it had sat in the oven for too long.

Anyway- long may it remain so! This lucrative couple of weeks for us Pipers helps justify the remainder of the year when the money is flowing outwards to pay for all the costs of our art!

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Old 01-25-2018, 02:02 AM   #13
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Burns Earns

But lest we forget; let us also toast the eternal 'bagpipe for the public tunes' that help us pipers pockets

P/M Rob Pinkman - Itchy Fingers
P/M Donald Macleod - Glasgow Police
RSDG - Amazing Grace
Macca - Mull of Kintyre
Corries? - Flower of Scotland
Trad - Scotland the Brave/Black Bear
Roever/Korb - Highland Cathedral

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Old 01-25-2018, 07:46 AM   #14
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Burns Earns

But lest we forget; let us also toast the eternal 'bagpipe for the public tunes' that help us pipers pockets

P/M Rob Pinkman - Itchy Fingers
P/M Donald Macleod - Glasgow Police
RSDG - Amazing Grace
Macca - Mull of Kintyre
Corries? - Flower of Scotland
Trad - Scotland the Brave/Black Bear
Roever/Korb - Highland Cathedral

And Rabbie himself......

A Mans a Man for a' that
Corn Rigs
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
Duncan Gray Cam' here to woo
Etc. Etc. Etc.

(And before anyone else says it, yes, many of these tunes were already in existence before Burns put the words we know today to them!)
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:59 AM   #15
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No Burns gigs for me this year.
Though I really do like haggis, Burns Night celebrations always put me in mind of my own bit of verse from a few years back.

The haggis is cooking's dark art,
Oatmeal, onions, lungs, liver and heart.
It tastes good, but it's foul,
Causing gurgling bowel,
That results in a room clearing fart.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:34 PM   #16
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The chef is standing with his tray
This haggis is heavy hear him say
I wish the piper would start to play
Then we could all get under weigh

Back at Boisdales for number four
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Old 01-26-2018, 12:37 PM   #17
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Currently in the midst of number 6 (of 9) and its the easiest gig I have done in years ! (Hope iím not tempting fate by speaking too soon).

A quick run through ĎLt. Col. A S Duncaní and ĎThe Tug Argan Gapí saw all the 120 guests into the dining room & seated (and a request from the Ceilidh band present for the scores!) so now a short wait to play about 16 bars of ĎA Manís a Maní & thatíll be me done! If only they were all as simple (actually the pipes are singing and iíd rather be playing more!)
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Old 01-26-2018, 12:54 PM   #18
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Unfortunately, our Burns Celebration Supper has been delayed till Feb. 17 due to cold weather. While many of you may snicker, please realize that New Orleans very seldom has freezing temperatures, and 20 degrees Fahrenheit is akin to hell freezing over (as it very well did in the French Quarter)!

We will enjoy our haggis nevertheless.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:31 PM   #19
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We will enjoy our haggis nevertheless.

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Eeek. You must mean a lucious Crawfish …touffťe or jambalaya.....
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:25 AM   #20
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And Rabbie himself......

A Mans a Man for a' that
Corn Rigs
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
Duncan Gray Cam' here to woo
Etc. Etc. Etc.

(And before anyone else says it, yes, many of these tunes were already in existence before Burns put the words we know today to them!)
Years ago I met a Gaelic scholar who detested Burns due to him replacing the words of traditional songs (including Gaelic songs) with his own, and Burns getting all the credit, the original words forgot.

But to turn it the other way, how many of those old tunes would be known today had Burns not appropriated them? Few, I would guess.

In any case I just piped at two Burns events.

One was the sort of thing I've often seen here, a roomful of Americans making a hash of Burns poetry. It's held in a restaurant, the Burns folks taking up half, the other half with ordinary customers. The restaurant owner and the Burns organisers split my fee, and as has been said you cannot serve two masters, the restaurant owner telling me to play while the Burns people want quiet so they can do their endless readings.

My solution for years has been to play the smallpipes in the room with the regular customers during the poetry readings, little or no sound bleeding in to the adjacent room. While the Burns people were eating and no readings were going on my purpose is to be in the Burns folks room playing background music (they're not listening, much) and I took the opportunity to play Lament for Captain MacDougall- ideal for filling a large amount of time.

The second Burns event was completely different from any I had played at, at least half of the attendees being Scots. It was wonderful to hear Ode To A Haggis and Tam O Shanter recited by people who actually speak the dialect, the readings being the best I've ever heard. Tam O Shanter was an elaborate one-man production complete with quick costume changes and numerous props (a horse tail, various bloody weapons, etc).
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