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Saturday, January 23 @ 19:30 - 22:00

Ian Young


We are pleased to announce that our annual Burns Event will go ahead this year – on Zoom – and we are delighted that Ian Young, an Edinburgh singer and songwriter, will be delivering the Immortal Memory. Ian’s lifelong passion for folk music started in the Ballad Club of Rutherglen Academy under the influence of the late Norman Buchan. Ian won the Edinburgh folk song club’s songwriting competition in 2017 (Time and Tide) and was also a prizewinner jointly with Nigel Gatherer at Monzievaird Hall in 2019. He won the annual songwriting competition at Nitten folk club on four occasions. (Land of the Long White Cloud; The Edinburgh Colonel; Mind o’ them; The Last of the Trees) and he is a past winner of the TMSA traditional singing award (TMSA is the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland). Who could be more qualified to give the Immortal Memory than this folklorist and singer of traditional as well as self-penned songs? Ian promises to make this a very enjoyable musical tribute to the bard.

Our Burns Suppers have been very popular in the past and we did not want to miss out this year; so we have moved it online as a Burns Event (everything except the food). It will be a very different experience but we will try to keep the format as close to the original as possible. Unfortunately we could not figure out a way to get Giovanni’s haggis and tatties delivered to you.

The Burns Event will start in the usual way at 7.30pm with a welcome from your chair for the night, Brian Miller.

Brian Miller

Murdo Mcleod will then give us a couple of tunes on the smallpipes and Gordon Mann will address the haggis. We will then go straight into the main speeches: Ian will propose the Immortal Memory. The Toast to the Lasses has yet to be finalised but Carol Mann has agreed to reply on behalf of us lassies.  Having heard Carol give this speech before she is more than able to reply to anything the laddies may throw at her, all in a spirit of friendship and fun

To avoid ZOOM fatigue there will be a short break after the formal speeches; time to make a cup of tea or spend a penny.  There will also be the opportunity to go into breakout rooms which will be allocated randomly. This is your chance to catch up with friends and acquaintances.

The Sangs and Clatter will then commence. This part of the evening is open to everyone and we very much hope you will have a tale to tell or sang to sing. It would be helpful if you could let the organiser know before the evening if you would like to perform but it is not necessary. You can do this when booking your ticket or email jmcdonaldjmm@gmail.com. If you feel inspired on the night use the chat facility on ZOOM to let the chair know or just raise your hand.

Numbers are limited, and tickets for this event are free, but you may be aware that the PCAA is struggling to stay afloat in this year of the pandemic and donations are always welcome. We suggest a donation of £5 per ticket.

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Saturday, January 23
19:30 - 22:00


videoconferencing via ZOOM