Tiree Association Burns Supper 2019

Ralston Community Hall on 26th January 2019 was a veritable hive of sheer talent! From the chefs in the kitchen to the entertainers in the hall the evening was an incredible and resounding success.

Margaret kicked off the evening by welcoming all present and reciting – along with the assembled company – the Selkirk Grace. Thereafter John piped in the Haggis and Kenneth delivered the Address…

Delicious chicken soup, courtesy of Alasdair, followed by haggis, neeps and tatties, then Susan’s tremendous trifle, before coffee \tea and fantastic homemade shortbread provided by Jessie and Elspeth, ensured that all were replete before the first class entertainment commenced.

Cathy Lees, as always, entranced the audience with her beautiful voice. Despite the fact that Graeme could not attend, due to ill health, she still regaled us with ‘John Anderson My Jo’ – get well soon Graeme!

John Omand ensured that all feet were tapping as he, on accordion, and Seamus, on keyboard, treated us to a selection of old favourites. Fantastic! Isobel Rutter sang ‘My Love is like a Red, Red Rose’ like an angel, then surprised those present with her tale of Jen and her biker partner – (it did not end well) but had an appreciative audience in stitches.

‘Charlie is my Darling’ was subsequently , sublimely, delivered with eager audience participation. Robert Robertson not only delivered the Burns Address but delighted the audience with a song later in the evening. After a light hearted start to his address Robert gave us food for thought as he reminded us of the tremendous messages sent out in Burns’ poems and songs. Burns was born in 1759 and died 37 years later. In this (sometimes strange) 21st century world of ours these messages still resound and (should) make us realise what is important in life. Burns was a lexical genius and left a wonderful legacy of which we should always be inordinately proud.

Kenneth MacLeod supplied the proof of Burns’ sheer genius with his incomparable rendition of ‘Tam O’Shanter’. As he wandered and then galloped his way round the hall he treated all present to the highlight of the evening (which was an evening of highlights) by allowing us to hear the words of the Bard delivered and performed with such precision and attention to detail that all were able to savour the tale O’ Tam O’Shanter.

The Burns Supper would not be complete without the Table Singing – four tables … all to play for. In the end it all came down to the President’s choice – table four!! Still, no arguments there! Who was singing? Kenna Kennedy – check! Mairi MacArthur – check! Isobel Rutter – check! Add to this Seamus’s enthusiastic leadership and there was no question of the outcome.

The committee would like to thank all those who helped in preparation for the evening, those who performed on the evening, and those who provided a vast array of raffle prizes and – very importantly – those who came out to support the Burns Supper and make it a very enjoyable and memorable occasion.

A special thanks to those who travelled from Tiree to make the evening extra special and a very Happy Birthday to Elspeth who , very generously, shared her cake with 70 other people!

Hope to see you next year!

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