Wednesday 22 Jan 2014

THE ROBERT BURNS HUMANITARIAN CONCERT
Ayr Town Hall, Doors Open 7pm

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A contemporary music celebratory tribute to the works of Robert Burns. Taking place as part of the Alloway 1759 Festival this concert is headlined by Eddi Reader MBE, a singer songwriter known both for her recording of Burns songs and also her success with Fairground Attraction and impressive solo career.

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Eddi’s 10th solo venture, Vagabond (Feb 2014) is a captivating, deeply personal, yet universal sounding recording, it features a cast of well-chosen musicians and long-term musical collaborators.

Join us as she hosts an intimate celebration of the bard, joined by some special guests and local talent showcasing the work of Robert Burns in his birthplace.

Also featuring –

Little Fire ft Milla Crann
This Ayrshire based duo are both solo performers in their own right and together they create something very special and very Scottish.

Jemma Kate
Jemma Kate is a local singer-songwriter. Her unique raw sound covers contemporary acoustic folk and traditional Scots music as well as her own material.

Sean Kennedy
Sean Kennedy is a musician born in Irvine, Ayrshire who has worked alongside many highly acclaimed writers and producers.

Eilidh Grant
Eilidh’s stunning voice beautifully renders both classic folk songs and original material. With a love for traditional and contemporary folk alike, underpinned by a passion for Burns, Eilidh has made a considerable impression on the British and Irish folk scenes, winning a Scottish new music award for best Folk / Traditional recording of year in 2011.

The concert also pays homage to the prestigious Robert Burns Humanitarian Award presented each year to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others.

Tickets £18 (downstairs seated) £20 (gallery seated) from Ayr Gaiety Box Office 01292 288235 or ayrgaiety.co.uk (All ages welcome but under 18s will not be allowed in bar area and under 14s must be accompanied by an adult)

ghostwalkAULD ALLOWAY GHOST WALK
Alloway 9.30pm

The local poacher from 1759 has returned from the dead to roam the streets of Alloway and tell terrifying tales of Robert Burns’ birthplace. Dare you walk with him to explore local landmarks and their haunting history? Discover new paths and old, uncover deep dark hidden secrets and expect the unexpected on this unique journey through Scotland’s centuries. From Murdoch’s Loan to Brig o’ Doon with lots of grave and sinister surprises in between. Tickets from www.scruffydogtours.co.uk

Video shows 2013 dates. Ghost Walks available throughout Alloway 1759 Festival 2014 (Wed 22 – Sun 26 Jan 2014)

Thursday 23 Jan 2014

AULD ALLOWAY GHOST WALK
Alloway 6.30pm and 9.30pm

See Wed 22 Jan listing for details.

Oldest-Burns-CottageTHE BURNS NIGHT
Burns Cottage
7 - 11pm

A Burns Night to remember at the home of the world's first Burns Supper. Enjoy a drinks reception in Burns Cottage & go back in time to 1801 to the world's first Burns Supper.  A piper will pipe you to our Burns Night which will be an intimate celebration of the Bard with a 3 course dinner and a selection of entertainment. Tickets £39 available from www.burnsmuseum.org.uk

Friday 24 Jan 2014

AULD ALLOWAY GHOST WALK
Alloway 6.30pm and 9.30pm

See Wed 22 Jan listing for details.

AS-OTHERS-SEE-US-250AS OTHERS SEE US - THE STORY OF ROBERT BURNS
Ayr Gaiety Theatre 7.30pm

Start celebrating Burns’ Night early with Sonic Boom Theatre Company at The Ayr Gaiety. As Others See Us tells the story of Robert Burns’ life and loves through the eyes of his long suffering wife, Jean Armour. Featuring some of his best works, hear about the paramours behind the poems from the one woman who remained constant as she tells the life of Scotland’s favourite son; a life of scandal, heartache and above all else, enduring love. Starring Kenny Boyle as Robert Burns and Clare Sheppard as Jean Armour. Tickets from www.ayrgaiety.co.uk

Sat 25 Jan 2014

rozelleROZELLE HOUSE CELEBRATION DAY
Rozelle House 10am – 4.30pm

Robert Hamilton, Jean Mitchell and their colleagues at Rozelle invite you to come and explore their house built in 1759, the year of Burns’ birth. Join us on this special day as part of the Alloway 1759 festival and enjoy Alexander Goudie paintings depicting ‘The Tale of Tam O’ Shanter’ as well as paintings from the South Ayrshire Collection and Senior Schools Art Exhibition. You will also have an opportunity to meet the Hamiltons, visit our craft shop and tearoom and find a few other surprises! NB – Guided tours of the house and Goudie paintings are available on request.  For parties of 6 or more please book in advance via 01292 445447.   

THE LIVES AND TIMES OF ROBERT BURNS
NTS Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 12noon - 4pm

Come and meet the Burns’ family in the Cottage or bump into one of the Bard’s characters as the Museum heads back to the 1700’s.

burnshumanitarianawardsROBERT BURNS HUMANITARIAN AWARD
NTS Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 6pm - 8pm

The prestigious Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards Ceremony. Celebrating its thirteenth anniversary, this award is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others. (Invited guests only)

johnAYR GAIETY BURNS SUPPER
Ayr Gaiety 7pm

A Burns Supper with all the traditional ingredients delivered with a unique mixture of deep wisdom and biting wit, accompanied by Burns’ beautiful songs.  Presented by John Murtagh and special guests. Tickets from www.ayrgaiety.co.uk


 

Other Burns Diary Dates

racecourse burns supperFriday 11 Jan 2014

2014 HOMECOMING BURNS SUPPER
Ayr Racecourse

The 2014 Homecoming Burns Supper follows on the tremendous sell out success of last year's inaugural event, promising yet again a truly memorable evening in the Bard's home town of Ayr. Once again guests will be transported back to the 18th Century with fantastic surroundings, a sumptuous meal and of course first class entertainment. Find out more.

Saturday 18 Jan and Sun 19 2014

volinALLOWAY SESSIONS 2014
Burns Cottage, 1pm-5pm

A two day celebration of the music of Burns and Scotland. A selection of traditional music groups take to the stage at the birthplace. Tickets £10 per session available from www.burnsmuseum.org.uk

 

Sunday 26 January 2014

ALLOWAY 1759

Free EventBurns Cottage Grounds, Alloway

We would like to welcome visitors and locals to experience Burns Cottage as part of a special Alloway 1759 Festival in Scotland’s Year of Homecoming 2014. There will be FREE entry on Sunday 26 January between 12pm – 5pm.

12.45pm

AYR PIPE BAND

Pipe Band performs in Burns Cottage Grounds.

1pm

PROVOST WELCOME

The Provost of South Ayrshire welcomes visitors and locals to the birthplace of Robert Burns.

1-2.40pm

A CHRISTENING DEAR ROBERT

Alloway-1759-Robert-BurnsToday is a day for celebration! It is the Christening of Robert and Jean, twins of Robert Burns and Jean Armour! As guests of the doting parents, join us as the glorious day unfolds, celebrating the joyous occasion, enjoying the traditional Scottish faire prepared, and spending the day with our National Bard…that is, of course, until he has to leave!

Dear Robert has something on his mind…and somewhere else to be! The guests wish to hear the songs and poems from our Bard’s great collection, delaying Dear Robert’s departure!  Where is he rushing off too? What could be so important that he would miss his children’s christening? And will he return in time for the celebratory cake to be cut?!
Join The Walking Theatre Company as we travel back in time and explore the happenings of our very own Robert Burns!

1-3pm

ALLOWAY PROP STOP

Come and have your picture inside our Victorian library wearing period props from the times of Burns birth in 1759. Our special photobox will take your pic which will then appear in our special Facebook photo gallery … Smile!

1-4pm

PWlogo1ALLOWAY 1759 WORLD HAGGIS HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP - sponsored by Pollok Williamson

Come and compete in our 3rd world haggis hurling competition at Burns Cottage. Can you beat last year’s hurl of 158 feet?

owlsHOOTS HOULETS - OWLS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

Owls of all shapes and sizes!

2-4pm
(Burns Cottage Pavillion)

BURNS SUPER SUPPER CHALLENGE 

Kids activities. Join us for the first ever Super Supper Challenge! Can you pipe the guest into the cottage at a pace, create the silliest Selkirk Grace, hurl a haggis as far as possible, take on the tricky memory quiz, toast the lassies and complete an Auld Lang Syne craft? Take part in a rather unique take on the usual Burns supper and will you walk away with a prize.

2.40-3pm

THE ALLOWAY RAP (Forehill Primary)

The Alloway Rap is a re-boot of Burns’ classic poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’. This modern rap-style poem, with sounds and voices telling the tale of ‘Tam O’Shanter’, will be performed by Forehill Primary school children, as they explore new ways to connect with the work of Robert Burns. Written by The Walking Theatre Company’s in-house playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain, The Alloway Rap was awarded highly commended in the International Tam O’Shanter Re-boot Competition 2013.


Alloway Church

2-3.30pm

Free EventA JACOBITE ADVENTURE WITH BURNS AND FRIENDS

Join us in Alloway Church on Sunday 26th. January from 2.00 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. as we follow Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey through Scotland (and England) in 1745/46. The story of the Prince’s 14 months in this country will be told in songs, poems and prose from the works of Burns and a number of other famous Scottish literary figures. There will also be a few unexpectedly modern twists to the tale. All the entertainment will be provided by Luath, a local folk group, and members of Alloway Burns Club. Admission is free and a warm welcome to all is guaranteed.


Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
(normal admission fee applies)

11am-3pm

Free Event

AYRSHIRE FARMERS MARKET

Take hame some Alloway Fayre from this local market of produce and treats.

12-4pm

THE LIVES AND TIMES OF ROBERT BURNS

Come and meet the Burns’ family in the Cottage or bump into one of the Bard’s characters as the Museum heads back to the 1700’s. 

2.30–4pm

Free EventAYRSHIRE FIDDLE ORCHESTRA

Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra perform at RBBM.


Rozelle House

12pm  – 4.30pm

Free Event

ROZELLE HOUSE CELEBRATION DAY

Robert Hamilton, Jean Mitchell and their colleagues at Rozelle invite you to come and explore their house built in 1759, the year of Burns’ birth. Join us on this special day as part of the Alloway 1759 festival and enjoy Alexander Goudie paintings depicting ‘The Tale of Tam O’ Shanter’ as well as paintings from the South Ayrshire Collection and Senior Schools Art Exhibition. You will also have an opportunity to meet the Hamiltons, visit our craft shop and tearoom and find a few other surprises! NB – Guided tours of the house and Goudie paintings are available on request. 

For parties of 6 or more please book in advance via 01292 445447.
 FREE entry


Alloway

6.30pm

AULD ALLOWAY GHOST WALK

See Wed 22 Jan listing for details.


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