The 25th January - that date when we all go Scottish mad whilst celebrating the life of the great 18th Century people's poet, Robbie Burns. Burns Nights sprout up from late January and continue right through the first few weeks of February. They can also occur at any time during the day, with Burns lunches proving increasingly popular. A piper is a must. Please enquire and book early to avoid disappointment.
Standard piping duties at a traditional Burns Supper are centred around the haggis ceremony :-
- Start of evening - to pipe guests on arrival/into dinner
- Main event - pipe in and out the haggis
[In addition, you may like the piper to stay on and pipe another short performance during the dinner.]
All things Scottish, including the Robbie Burns penned sentimental classic Auld Lang Syne - in the style of a rip rousing, hand holding sing along led by the piper.
Note: For more formal Burns Nights, we would recommend the use of a Master of Ceremony to control proceedings - this could be a brave fellow amongst the throng or the chief executive of your company for example. Alternately, you could hire a professional to come in and do the job. The MC would traditionally:-
- Introduce the piper
- Salute the piper and chef during the haggis ceremony - address the haggis
- Announce the piper's exit etc.
It is also the MC who would start the Robbie Burns poetry reading rolling post haggis ceremony. At an informal event the poetry book often gets handed around for everyone to have a go at reading one out. At an even more informal event there is no MC, no poetry, and everybody just enjoys the piper and their dinner!