Concert Review – Burns Night Celebration

Concert Review

Burns Night Celebration

Words by Ben Macnair

Photography by David Jones

A leading award winning fiddle player, and a favourite local Ceilidh were the key ingredients in an evening of Scottish culture, when Lichfield Arts presented an evening of entertainment in honour of the Caledonian bard Robert Buns.

With Haggis as a raffle prize and many members of the audience in kilts, the evening was started by the award winning fiddle player Ryan Young, with sterling accompaniment from guitarist Chris Amer.

With a set that took in everything from soft, delicate tunes, tones and meditative soundscapes, to spirited, foot tapping, hand clapping jigs, hornpipes and reels, his set list included sad ballad What I Year I endured, and the more joyous To Chase The Goats of the Rocks, as well as a couple of pieces inspired by the works of Robert Burns, with Kiss the Girl You Love the Best being a highlight.

The evening was concluded by a spirited ceilidh, led by the Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers, guiding new and seasoned dancers through dances such as The Gay Gordon and the Dashing White Sergeant, with the talented band adding strong support to exuberant caller Pete Cole.

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