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Supper with Robert Burns Goes Online – David Campbell and Friends Bring Burns Night to Homes

TRACS and the Scottish Storytelling Centre present an entertaining take on the life of Robert Burns with poems, stories, songs and music this Burns Night, devised by storyteller, author and presenter David Campbell, as an alternative to Burns Suppers with formal speeches.

The popular annual live event now goes virtual to offer a convivial evening to all those in lockdown looking for Scots culture and a Burns Night experience. People at home will be able to enjoy a dram and eat their haggis along with the entertainment, based on Campbell’s well-researched traditional Burns recipes.

Following the continuing development of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s­, and the Scottish Storytelling Festival’s joint online programme in 2020, this new virtual edition of Supper with Robert Burns promises to build on past successes, featuring an exceptional variety of artists:

David Campbell, who will lead the table says:

‘Robert Burns is an urgent voice for our times with his great love, knowledge and celebration of nature as well as his anger at those who desecrate the environment.  

In my many years of performing Supper with Robert Burns it has always been a joy to empathise with his great spirit of humanity, his love of nature, companionship and his love of song, as well as sheer fun and celebration of life. It has been rewarding to see all kinds of audiences appreciate the portrayal of this man – who rightly prophesised that he would be better known 200 years after his death.’

Among Campbell’s evening guests are traditional singer Ruth Kirkpatrick, who will provide narratives and melody. Ruth has performed at many international festivals and is currently Chair of Scotland’s Storytellers Network.

Mio Shudo is lead musician of the feast and will enchant audiences with gentle sounds of Scotland’s oldest national instrument the clarsach. Mio is a cultural ambassador, a champion of international friendship and Master of the Urasenke Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Donald Smith provides the poetry including his acclaimed version of ‘Tam O’Shanter’, which will be the 50th anniversary since Smith’s first performance of it in Stirling in 1971. Donald is the Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Burns Night is a vital part of Scottish culture, celebrating the bard and his spirit of kindness, appreciation for the natural world and togetherness, especially during these difficult times. Supper with Robert Burns will be live broadcast on Crowdcast, with donation-based tickets available on the Scottish Storytelling Centre website, on Monday 25th of January at 7pm and available for replay for a limited time afterwards

Listing information:

Supper with Burns by David Campbell | 7pm (2hrs) | Crowdcast Online | By Donation

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If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, we’ve added 3 of his signature Burns dishes below.