Burns Unbound at National Museum of Scotland

Folk music, ceilidh dancing and kids activities to celebrate the national bard

Burns Unbound at National Museum of Scotland

credit: Ruth Armstrong

Good old Rabbie Burns, national bard of Scotland, celebrated internationally across the globe each January in a blur of pipes, poetry, haggis and toasts. Over at the National Museum of Scotland there's an array of free daytime events on Sat 24 Jan at Burns Unbound, whether you want to hear the best young bands on the Scottish folk scene or introduce wee ones to Burns.

The Grand Gallery Concert celebrates the finest of Scottish folk ensembles. The programme features Randolph's Leap, an indie folk collective from Glasgow signed to Lost Map Records; CherryGrove, formed by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this quinet use fiddle, piano and harp to put a contemporary spin on traditional folk sounds; Granny Green, the Glasgow-based trio of Holly Boddice (trumpet), Rachel Brown (tuba) and Lizy Stirrat (accordion) playing a mixed programme of world-folk fusion; and vocal duo Robyn Stapleton & Claire Hastings, who won BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

For youngsters there's Burns-themed storytelling for under 5s and their adult helpers on the magic carpet at 11am. If you'd like to meet a timorous beastie Animal Man Mini Zoo is hosting mouse handling 11am–4pm, as well as the chance to meet some other animal friends. At 2.15pm Hopstock Theatre Company present their family production Burns’ Last Supper in the Auditorium. The actors explore the bard's life in a fast-paced production featuring plenty of well known songs and poems including 'To a Mouse', 'A Red, Red Rose' and 'Auld Lang Syne'. For those wanting to bust out some ceilidh moves Ceilidh Kids at 1pm and 3pm offers 30 minute dance sessions while those wanting to get creative can head for the Burns-themed drop-in crafts running noon to 4pm in the Grand Gallery.

National Museum of Scotland, Sun 24 Jan, 11am–4pm, free.

Burns Unbound

No, it's not a celebration of untreated industrial accidents but a mini-festival in honour of Burns Night and the Bard himself, with celebrity hosts, performances and workshops centred around his life and work. There's live music from Cherrygrove, Randolph’s Leap, Granny Green and Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings as…


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