SWMS members and non-members from across the world are invited to join the Society’s Burns Night live stream on both Facebook and YouTube, which will feature a line-up of music and poetry performances.
Hosted by long-standing BBC Radio Scotland presenter and whisky enthusiast, Vic Galloway, the gathering will treat guests to music from Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale, Skye-based musician Donald Livingstone and Jamaican artists Nickeishia Barnes and Steve ‘Lightning’ Newland. Society ambassador John McCheyne will provide the ‘Immortal Memory’ speech, while academic and human rights activist Sir Geoff Palmer will discuss what Burns means to him. There will also be live poetry performances, and a chat with Scottish actor Tam Dean Burn and Scots-language poet Len Pennie.
Richard Goslan, the SWMS’s chief storyteller, said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity to come together, enjoy some exceptional whisky, traditional music and poetry, while honouring the life and work of one of Scotland’s most famous sons with a Society twist on your traditional Burns Night. We also want this year’s Burns Night celebrations to cater for all Society members, through a hybrid of in-venue and virtual events. We look forward to welcoming as many whisky and poetry enthusiasts to our virtual gathering as possible, as we raise a Society dram to the one and only Robert Burns.”
For more information on the virtual Big Burns Bash, click here.