Burns' Night celebration Scottish fun 'for everyone'

You don’t have to be Scottish to appreciate ol’ Rabbie Burns, kilts, bagpipes and maybe even a little haggis. You just have to like a good party.


Lawrence Scots will be celebrating poet Robert Burns' 253rd birthday Sunday at the Jackpot.

Past Event

Robert Burns Night - Lawrence's 16th Celebration

  • Sunday, January 29, 2012, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass., Lawrence
  • All ages / Free - $5


Or at least so say organizers of Lawrence’s annual Burns’ Night, a traditional celebration of Scotland’s high poet, held this year at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Jackpot, 942 Mass. St.

“There’s a natural curiosity for people with some Scottish heritage,” said Larry Carter, who organized Burns’ Night at the Lawrence Art Center for 10 years before turning over the reins to Maria Anthony this year. “But this is fun for everyone.”

Anthony said the “rousing evening” of Celtic music, poetry and food “always has a big range in audience” and this year will begin with a jam session from area traditional musicians followed by bagpipers and a “less formal” ode to Burns’ poetry and song.

No previous knowledge of Robert Burns’ work or Scottish tradition is required, she said, though you may already be familiar without even being aware – the prolific writer of nationalistic Highland lore born on Jan. 25, 1759, gave us “Auld Lang Syne,” a song sung by Americans of all heritages on New Year’s Eve.

The bands Glenfinnan, Forest Green and Uncle Dirtytoes will play throughout the night. “Auld Reekie,” a traditional Scottish soup, will be provided (for a donation) by Rocky Road Bakery. More information, including clips from the Lawrence Scots’ 2010 documentary on the event, “Scots on the Kaw,” is available on the group’s website.


"Scots on the Kaw" trailer

Lawrence Scots made a documentary during their 2010 annual celebration of Burns' Night, a traditional Scottish celebration of poet Robert Burns.


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