The Festival Club
Reaming swats O'nappy, jigs and reels, jinkers and swankers
The Famous Spiegeltent is the very essence
of a festival club and `kabaret salon'. Intimate booths, an ornate bar,
a teak dance floor and bevelled mirror columns are the flamboyant setting
for the Festival Club. Here you'll find a vibrant mix of music, poetry,
debate and dancing. This is where Burns would hang out if he were around
Thurs 2 May 7.30pm - 10.30pm
OPENING N I G H T
The internationally acclaimed Jean Redpath returns home for her first Scottish show in many years. Rod Paterson, one of Scotland's finest voices is joined by the fiddle of Pete Clark. MacAlias combine their bold vocal harmonies with intricate guitar work, and the Highlands' hottest new ceilidh and Daimh complete the evening.
3 May 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Michael Marra's couthy observational songs have rightly earned him a reputation as one of Scotland's finest songwriters. He is joined by the young CelticHouse team, Croft #5. Tam Dean Burn, an actor in the radical tradition interprets the work of Irvine Welsh. Patrick Scott Hogg, co-editor of the contrversial Canongate Burns will also contribute.
the late show, dance till you drop
Sat 4 May times as listed
11 am The Happy Gang
Isle of Arran Distillers, makers of the official Robert Burns World Federation whisky present a whisky tasting hosted by acclaimed whisky writer Malcolm Greenwood. Tickets strictly limited, over 18s only
Gill Bowman tells the story of Burns' fascinating love life in words and song.
Eddi Reader presents brand new interpretations of Burns while James Grant plays material from his new poetry album. Contemporary poetry read by Liz Niven and local flavour by 3rd Degree Burns.
Sunday 5 May times as listed
World-renowned pianist Brian Kellock and his trio introduce BBC Scotland's Brian Morton and politicat friends such as Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper and David Mundell reading and discussing the contemporary relevance of Burns' poems. Not to be missed.