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Iona Burns Night

  • Iona 180 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States (map)

January 25
th, 9-11pm music til 12 midnight Masters of Ceremony: Peter Mackay and JR Strauss

Parade of the Haggis

Andrew Forbes and Robbie Hannah

Robbie carrying in the haggis follows Andrew piper - playing Brose & Butter or some other appropriate tune

Professor Thomas Keith – Address the Haggis

Tom reads this poem over the haggis. A guid whisky gill is offered to the piper, chief and reciter, and with alacrity, the haggis is sliced open
Haggis and whisky is served to the crowd

Band plays

Song - Pamela Jean Agaloos ‘ Ae Fond Kiss ‘ Professor Thomas Keith delivers the Immortal Memory

Tom delivers the Immortal Memory address. This will be a careful consideration of the life and art of Robert Burns. It may be a general, biographical sort of speech, or may address a specific aspect of the Bard's work that is relevant to the particular group of assembled celebrants. This speech always ends with standing guests, raised glasses and an offered toast to the immortal memory of the Bard

Toast to Burns (Thomas Keith)

Band Plays

Poetry Readings:
Karen Brown reads ‘A Scot’s Lament to Her American Fellows’

The readings at our Burns Supper are not confined to the writings Burns exclusively. Anything that honors the immortal memory and spirit of the Bard is welcome. These include stories and anecdotes pertaining to Burns and his time, poems and songs by other Scottish poets, and original works .


Band Plays
Someone reads a dirty Burns Poem

Band Plays

Toast To The Lassies – JR Strauss

A traditional Burns Night ritual, this toast should be a light-hearted lampoon of the lassies' miniscule shortcomings. Illustrations from Burns, or from first hand knowledge of the subject, may be used.

Band Plays

Toast to the Laddies – Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller

Always delivered with grace, charm and wit, this is a savaging of the lads' crude dispositions and noted social inferiority

Band Plays

Auld Lang Syne led by Piper Andrew Forbes BAND PLAYS ON TIL MIDNIGHT

First Fiddler : Emerald Rae Fiddle : Karen Brown, Amy Beshara, Calum Pasqua, Isabelle Smith; Piper in Chief: Andrew Forbes Pipes : JR Strauss, Doug Safranek, Matt Christian; Guitar: Max Carmichael, Matt Diaz; Flutes: Ken Silver, Matt Christian, Matt Diaz; Drums: Greg Loewer; Songstress: Pamela Jean Agaloos


Earlier Event: January 21
Golden Hour
Later Event: January 27
Disco Demolition Night